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Twelve more farmers commit suicide in last 72 hours in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region
When Maharashtra Chief Secretary along with half a dozen top bureaucrats of principal secretary rank were doing ground study of on going agrarian crisis, in last three days of this week 12 more innocent debt-ridden farmers committed.

Denied of bank credit and state relief, they killed themselves taking the farm suicide toll in Vidarbha this year to 574. According to a release by farm activist group, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) two distressed farmers were from Amaravati district, where chief secretary Swadhin Shatriya was reviewing farm suicide crisis.

VJAS convener, Kishore Tiwari said that five farmers were from Yavatmal district, which is known as epicenter of farm suicide, where principal secretary V.Giriraj, Bhaskar Deshmukh and Vikas Gharge were touring to assess the relief work and to study problems of dying distressed farmers.

The 12 farmers who committed suicide were identified as:  

1.Naresh Newale, Village- Ajanguan Surji, Amravati 

2. Mukesh Gondase, Village- Talegoan, Amaravati

3. Vishwas Gawande, Village- Jastgav, Buldhana

4. Suresh Masane, Village- Dayal Nagar, Buldhana

5.Namdeo Moharia, Village- Wadhona, Nagpur

6. Kamalakar Aaglawe, Village- Vaigoan, Chandrapur 

7. Prakash Turale, Village- Ubada, Wardha 

Five farmers from Yavatmal district:

8. Narayan Ogare, Village- Gujari

9. Mohanlal Rathod, Village- Brahmanwada

10. Sudarshan Pendam, Village- Rajur 

11.Laxman Neware, Village- Dhanora

12. Jairam Pardhi, Village- Gondgheri  

None of the bureaucrats have visited these villages. Moreover, Chief Secretary was busy in attending function specially organized for laying foundation stone of Metro Rail which is dream project of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Tiwari termed it as irritating. 

According to VJAS more than three million cotton farmers are in deep trouble due to on going agrarian crisis since 2005 claiming the lives of more than 11,000 distressed farmers who were mostly debt trapped and dry land cultivators opting for rain sensitive cash crop like cotton and sugarcane promoted by state government.

"Administration already has got the recommendations from dozens of expert commissions, panels, committees and research institutes. All of these studies have urged the government to provide farmers fresh credit, free seed and fertiliser, food and health security, free professional education to the farming community along with direct assistance to daughters' marriages," Kishore Tiwari said. 

Tiwari also came down on the BJP-led NDA government, which has withdrawn subsidies to the farmers. VJAS termed it as a mockery of an agrarian crisis, which is an outcome of wrong economic policies, faulty crop selection and climate effect, which is ruining more than 50 million rural population in the state.

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