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REF: - FARMERS SUICIDES VERY-URGENT- PRESS-NOTE DATED-27TH NOV. 2006
FARMERS SUICIDES ARE ALL TIME HIGH IN PAST SIX MONTHS IN VIDARBHA
NAGPUR-27 NOVEMBER -2006,
VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI HAS REFUTED THE CLAIM OF HON.BLE AGRICULTURE MINISTER SHRAD PAWAR THAT FARMERS SUICIDES IN MAHARASHTRA ON DECLINE .SHARAD PAWAR WAS GIVING THIS INFORMATION IN LOKSABHA TODAY AND IT IS REPORTED THAT
The government today told the Lok Sabha that number of suicides by farmers due to agriculture- related causes in Maharashtra was on the decline.
In respect of remaining states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, it is "too early" to assess the impact of Centre's Rs 16978.69 crore rehabilitation package at the ground level as it was recently approved for implementation, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said during Question Hour.
"The emerging trend in respect of Maharashtra indicates that number of suicide (cases) by farmers due to agriculture- related causes is on decline," he said.
The package for mitigating distress of farmers in 31 suicide-prone districts involves Andhra Pradesh (Rs 9650.55 crore), Karnataka (Rs 2689.64 crore), Kerala (Rs 765.24 crore) and Maharashtra (Rs 3873.26 crore).
It aims at establishing a sustainable and viable farming and livelihood support system through debt relief to farmers, improved supply of institutional credit, crop centric approach to agriculture, assured irrigation facilities, watershed management, better extension and farming support services and subsidiary income opportunities through horticulture, livestock, dairying and fisheries.
Pawar said the package for six districts of Maharashtra's Vidarbha region was announced in July this year.
The total number of suicides by farmers in Vidarbha from July to October this year, as reported by the state government, was 542, he said.
VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI KEEPING DAILY TRACK OF FARMERS SUICIDES IN VIDARBHA SINCE 1998 , IN PRESS RELEASE TODAY INFORMED THAT SHARAD PAWAR HAS NOT BEEN PROVIDED CORRECT FARMERS SUICIDE NUMBER BY GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA AS COTTON GROWERS SUICIDES IS ALL TIME HIGH AND IT IS 25 TIMES MORE THAN 2001 AND ALL MOST INCREASE IN FOUR FOLD IF IT IS COMPARE WITH SUICIDE IN 2005 FOR THE SAME PERIOD JULY TO OCTOBER AS LAST ONLY 126 FARMERS SUICIDES REPORTED AND IT WAS ONLY 86 IN 2004 WHERE AS IT IS ALL MOST NIL EARLIER TO THAT YEAR IN SAME PERIOD,KISHOR TIWARI OF VJAS INFORMED TODAY.
VJAS TERMED SHARAD PAWAR STATEMENTS AS MOST UNFORTUNATE AS HE SAID " The emerging trend in respect of Maharashtra indicates that number of suicide (cases) by farmers due to agriculture- related causes is on decline," IN FACT RURAL DISTRESS REASONS AS PER HIS NEWS PAPER "SAKAL" SURVEY MORE THAN 90% RURAL VIDARBHA SUICIDES ARE DUE TO AGRARIAN CRISIS AND SHARAD PAWAR HIMSELF KNOWS GROUND LEVEL REALITY,KISHOR TIWARI ADDED.
IN ORDER TO SLOW DOWN SUICIDE IT IS MUST TO FOR GOVT. TO GIVE ADVANCE BONUS TO COTTON GROWERS AND COMPLETE LOAN WAIVER TO ALL FARMERS ,VJAS DEMANDED.
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