VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI
REGD. OFFICE: 11, TRISARAN SOCIETY, KHAMLA,
PH. 2282447/457 MOBILE-9422108846.
IN SPITE OF HIGH COURT ORDER MAHARSHTRA GOVT. FAILED TO HOST RELIEF MEASURES ON WEB SITE: THE PETITIONER HOST LIST OF 716 FARMERS ON HIS WEB SITE: HIGH COURT TO TAKE UP THE CASE TODAY
NAGPUR-7TH AUGUST, 2006
EARLIER ON JULY 11, 2006 THE NAGPUR BENCH OF THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT TODAY ASKED MAHARASHTRA GOVERNMENT WHY FARMERS IN THE VIDARBHA ARE COMMITTING SUICIDES EVEN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A SPECIAL PACKAGE BY THE STATE AND PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH DURING HIS TOUR TO THE REGION EARLY THIS MONTH.
A DIVISION BENCH OF JUSTICE R M S KHANDEPARKAR AND JUSTICE S R DONGAONKAR WHILE HEARING A PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION FILED BY VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI DIRECTED THE
THE BENCH ALSO TOLD THE STATE TO PUT ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION REGARDING RELIEF MEASURES INITIATED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FOR INFORMATION OF PUBLIC AT LARGE.
THE BENCH ASKED THE PETITIONER, SAMITI PRESIDENT KISHORE TIWARI, TO SUGGEST REMEDIES FOR OVERCOMING THE PRESENT CRISIS.
TODAY IN AFFIDAVIT FILED BEFORE THE HIGH COURT PETITIONER KISHORE TIWARI INFORMED COURT THAT GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA TILL DATE HAS NOT PUT ANY DATA REGARDING IT’S RELIEF MEASURE IN ORDER TO STOP ON GOING SUICIDES IN VIDARBHA MORE OVER PETITIONER AS GIVEN LIST OF REMEDIES TO HIGH COURT ALONG WITH 716 NAMES OF FARMERS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE SINCE JUNE, 2005 .THIS LIST INCLUDE NAME 108 FARMERS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDES AFTER PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED IT’S RS.3750/- CRORE RELIEF PACKAGE .
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The website was due to be online by next week, the daily said.
The court stepped in following complaints that a spree of suicides had not waned despite an economic package offered July 1 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to impoverished farmers in
"It will have all details, right from list of farmers committing suicides to the stages of implementation of various (welfare) schemes, funds allocated and spent, number and names of beneficiaries," the report said, quoting an unnamed official.
Social activists say the suicide rate of poverty-hit farmers in the cotton belt has hit a decade high despite Singh's 37.5-billion rupee (835 million dollar) relief package.
Sixty farmers -- including two fathers and their sons -- have killed themselves so far this month crippled with debt and hit by falling prices for their cotton, according to one group working with farmers.
More than 600 farmers killed themselves in Maharashtra's cotton belt of Vidarbha in the 12 months ended June this year, hitting a peak of more than 70 in March, according to Kishor Tiwari, of the Vidarbha People's Protest Forum.
Federal officials earlier this year said more than 8,900 farmers had committed suicide since 2001 in four states hardest hit by the ongoing agricultural crisis, including 980 in