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Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti alleges Yavatmala district administration not serious about farmers' suicide
Yavatmal District, the epicenter of Vidarbha farmer suicide has reported 24 suicides since June 2013 to till date after heavy rain and flood damaged crop as reported by the media. Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has alleged that despite this the local administration has turned blind eye over the suicides committed by the innocent farmers.

VJAS has claimed that neither a single paisa as relief aid nor the farm credit has been provided to the farmers even after the announcement of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who promised a relief package Rs 2000 crore.

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti's (VJAS) Kishore Tiwari has informed that a hostile and corrupt administration is responsible for the farmers' suicides. He urged for an urgent intervention of Indian Govt. to tackle the pathetic situation as the state Govt. has failed to extend a healing touch to the dying farming community which is in need of food, medicine and relief aid.

VJAS claimed that despite the CM's instruction to the collector of the Yavatmala district, to visit the flood affected families to report the ground reality of the distress and despair which is forcing farmers to kill themselves, the collector failed to do so.

The over all survey of crop damage is being done on office table resulting into the deprivation of hundreds of families in Yavatmala who are flood affected and have faced heavy damage to their main crop of cotton, soya, paddy and tur in more than 50,000 acres.

“If the apathy of administration is continued the ground situation is likely to fuel more distress. More farm suicides are feared if an immediate intervention by the central government does not take place,” added Tiwari.

The unseen record rain in drought prone Vidarbha has been creating havoc and one lac families have so far become homeless and a massive damage has happened to the standing crops in around a million hector, amounting to a loss of more than Rs 20,000 crore.

VJAS has demanded credit restoration and fresh crop loan to Vidarbha farmers, food security to all the affected families under Antyodaya scheme, free health services and 100% reimbursement of fees in the category of higher professional education.

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