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12 Vidarbha farmers commit suicide - govt urged to intervene
VJAS | 23 Jul 2011

Five ill-fated Vidarbha farmers' suicides have been reported in the last 48 hours, escalating spiral of incidents of farmers suicides. Overall, 12 farmers suicides have been reported this week.

Five ill fated Vidarbha farmers suicides have been reported in the last 48 hours, escalating spiral of incidents of farmers suicides. Overall, 12 farmers suicides have been reported this week, taking official suicide toll to 448 in the year 2011 alone, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release.

As per regional media, the farmers who committed suicide in the last two days are:

1.Natthu Zade of Village Wadgoan in Yavatmal

2.Kisan Rathode of Village Pophali in Yavatmal

3.Raju Sangale of Village Arada in Amaravati

4.Mohan Bhakare of Vadner in Amaravati

5.Krupalu Nareddy of Village Mangatola in Gondia

Earlier this week, 7 farmers had committed suicide:

6.Kisan Mane of Village Chatari in Yavatmal

7.Pushottam Galaskar of Chavsala in Amaravati

8.Tukaram Ingale of Alegoan in Akola   ,

9.Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit

10.Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit

11.Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati

12.Anandrao Khande of viallge Tawashi In Bhandara

Delayed erratic rain and frequent re-sowing, economic losses due to cotton price rescission and NBARD action to stall the Agri. Credit under section 11 to district coop banks (DCB) through ill-fated and bankrupt MS co-op Bank, are the main causes that prompted the farmers to take such a crucial step.

“Day by day ground situation is getting gloomy but none of the senior officials have visited the ill-fated families. Moreover, administration failed to address crisis and provide any relief to the dying Vidarbha farmers’ families hence we have urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiraj Chavan to visit Vidarbha and provide relief to distressed farmers in order to stop these suicides. The situation can be brought under control through healing touch of the government, but nobody is giving any serious attention to our repeated appeals for the same,” Tiwari added.

“It was July 2006 when Indian Prime Minister visited agrarian crisis prone western Vidarbha and announced special relief package of Rs. 3,750 crore, which included an interest waiver of Rs. 1,080 crore and an extended Agri. Credit of Rs. 2,500 crore. Also, the PM promised to make it double in next three years but all promises were kept on paper and bankers reduced Agri. Credit for short crop loan, bringing it down to 50% forcing the government to announce complete loan waiver of Rs. 71,000 crore in March 2008 but Vidarbha farmers were intentionally kept out this loan waiver, Tiwari further said.