With the death of four more farmers reported during last 48 hours, the total number of suicides in Vidarbha, the farm suicide capital of India, has gone up to 546 till this month in the year 2012.
THE FOUR distressed farmers who ended their lives have been identified as Devidas Thakare of village Kumbha in Yavatmal, Keshav Charpe of village Khed in Amaravati, Uttam Ingale of village Umara in Akola and Shaymrao Kothoke of village Mahadula in Nagpur.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) who is fighting the saving the dying cotton farmers of Vidarbha, informed in a press release that 'last week only National Human Right commission (NHRC) issued notice to Maharashtra government chief secretary on the suicides of seven farmers. “In response the UPA government announced its 'big bang' reforms claiming that this will benefit the farmers who are being exploited by market traders and local commodity dealers but it has been failed to impress the distressed and debt trapped dying vidarbha farming community,” Tiwari alleged.
“We were expecting Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to visit Vidarbha on Monday 17th September but they skipped the function to avoid humiliation,” Tiwari added.