VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI
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REF: - FARMER'S SUICIDES VERY-URGENT-PRESS NOTE DATED-9th MAY,2007
SIX MORE VIDARBHA FARMERS KILLED THEMSELVES IN LAST TWO DAYS: ADMINISTRATION IS TILL REVIEWING FAILED PRIME MINISTER RELIEF PACKAGE
Nagpur-9th MAY 2007
1.TANAJI MAHAU LUNGE OF MANJAR JAWALA IN YAVATMAL
2.DILIP BALIRAM BAVASKAR OF PINJAR IN AKOLA
3.HARIBHAU PARASRAM BONDRE OF CHATARA IN BHANDARA
4.JIVAN SUDAM ADE OF DHANORA IN YAVATMAL
5.SHARVAN WALGUJI HANDE IN ARVI-LAHAN IN WARDHA
6.SAHEBRAO BALIRAM KHALBALKAR IN AKOLA
are the six farmers in vidarbha who committed suicides in last two days in different part of vidarbha taking toll of suicide in may to 21.farmers who in deep distress are committing themselves due to fresh credit crunch as most of them who barrowed the crop loan from the bank after interest waiver and reconstruction of pending failed to repay due cotton crop failure and poor prices for raw cotton, informed kishor tiwari of vidarbha jan andolan samiti.
In year 2007 record 371 vidarbha farmers suicides reported (JAN-70, FEB-88, MARCH -97 APRIL 95 ,MAY-21) that has exposed local administration that package implementation has dropped down the farm suicides in vidarbha by 50% as farm suicide figure of this year since Jan to April is all most double and farm suicides in vidarbha are daily increasing but administration is using official media to mislead the world that vidarbha farm suicides are on decline .Dr. man Mohan Singh Indian prime minister visited vidarbha on 1 st July 2006 and announced Rs.3750 package to the cotton farmers of six districts but official record says that there record increase in cotton farmers suicides after this package announcement as govt. of maharashtra has officially admitted 1534 farmers suicides after 1 st July 2007 as this suicide figure is all most equal to suicide figure of last decade and this fact is known to govt. officials very welt ii they are saying that suicide are decline and after package suicide rate has come down to 50%,this is matter of shame kishor tiwari added.
VJAS DEMANDS BAN ON Bt. COTTON BOLLGARDII IN VIDARBHA .
After mass sowing permission by GEAC in June –2005 for Bt.cotton in vidarbha more than 2230 cotton farmers suicides have been reported and govt. of maharashtra has compensated cotton growers rs.219 core and rs.210 crore in the year 2005-2006 and year 2006-2007 for the failure of Bt.cotton in rain fed area of vidarbha and maharashtra govt. on record admitted that Bt. Cotton has been failed in rain fed area of vidarbha whereas 95% area of vidarbha is rain fed. now bt.cotton manufacturing American company has introduced bollgardII seed has started it's high profile campaign that it's highly profitable and gives minimum 11 quintal yield where as according to govt. of maharashtra official report the cotton average yield has been dropped down to 120 kg per acre to hardly 50 kg per acre after introduction of Bt.cotton in vidarbha ,the claims made by the Monsanto company were resulted as fraudulent as cotton growers pesticide uses was not dropped down where cotton output was drastically effected resulting mass suicides of cotton farmers in vidarbha. kishor tiwari added.
total Failure of rural health care support system, employment and social cum civil administration are the main reasons of farmer's suicides in west vidarbha and Dr.sudhir goyal who is relief commissionor and implementing prime minister package himself has asked Indian govt. that low cost sustainable farming is only solution of stop these suicides. Ban on Bt. Cotton and chemical farming is need of hour and cotton farmers should cultivate there than cotton should the programme of the state the official further demands. Restoration secondary systems like rural employment, health is also needed to stop these on going suicides but nobody is acting in this direction more over misleading press releases are adding fuel to extremely critical situation in vidarbha ,kishor tiwari added.
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Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti