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Starved of loans, 8 more Vidarbha farmers kill themselves in last 48 hours
While Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fandanavis is on a US tour and is making tall claims like 'Make in Maharashtra ' and 'Vidarbha shining', with metro rail and smart city projects, the ground reality is of gloom. More than 5 million debt-trapped and distressed farmers are in deep trouble due to the on-going resowing of kharip crops and continuous denial of fresh crop loans to the drought hit region, resulting in 8 more innocent vidarbha farmer's suicides in last 48 hours.

Four farmers from yavatmal ,two each from wardha and Amaravati identified as Marotrao Atare of village Pandhari, Amol Wadhale of village Shirasgoan, Pandurang Madavi of village Watkhed, Gunjabai Madavi of village takla all from Yavatmal District, Santosh Chantule of village Shendurjana and Shaymrav Kokarde of village Bhivapur in Amaravati and Sathish Sidram of village Gohda Dinesh Bhonde of village Porgavahan both from Wardha have taken their lives. Taking the toll to 802 in vidarbha alone in the year 2015 , Kishore Tiwari of the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti claimed today.

Maharashtra farm loan crisis is a result of hostile functioning of the Maharashtra Govt. who has made a mockery of crop loan disbursement. The Rs 2,000 crore that was announced to be used to restructure farmer loan's from district cooperative banks, has been reduced to just Rs 25 crore. In an earlier announcement of Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, at a review meeting of the kharif season, he had announced that before 15 June, all district cooperative banks would be provided with financial assistance of a total of Rs 2,000 crore from the state. The promise has not been fulfilled resulting in the present crop loan restructuring crisis ,VJAS chief Tiwari alleged

In fact due to the delay in providing funds to DCC banks, more than 18 lakh farmers from western Vidarbha region were denied crop loans by the DCC banks. The government's apathetic stand has resulted in maximum farmland remaining uncultivated as farmers have no money to purchase seeds and fertilizers," said Mr Tiwari.

The situation has worsened after the waiver. He pegged the number of farmers who have defaulted on loan payments at over 2 lakh as against 4.16 lakh agriculturists in the district. The cooperative department records put the number of defaulters at 1.17 lakh in Yavatmal. However, this is limited to the loans granted by Yavatmal DCCB. Tiwari has called for another round of waiver for farmers.

For last three consecutive years because of bad weather conditions and poor prices for their produce has added to the distress of farmers. The situation is so bad that cultivators are unable to procure seeds, fertilizers and implements to start their work even as the rains are expected any time. "Around 40% of land remains untilled and unsown till now and timely action was not taken as CM was touring the world, allowing innocent vidarbha farmers to die" Tiwari alleged.

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