Central Govt and NDRF ignoring Maharashtra agrarian crisis
VJAS | 16 Jan 2015

Maharashtra is suffering under severe drought and state government announced relief aid to more than 8 million people of around 30, 000 thousand villages amounting Rs. 7000 crore expecting more than Rs. 5000 crore from central government and from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) as per the guidelines of NDRF.

But a recent meeting of high level committee under Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh for Central Assistance to States affected by natural disasters delhi yesterday which was attended bu the Union Minister for Finance Shri Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Radha Mohan Singh and Senior Officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Agriculture but severe agrarian crisis and ongoing farmers suicides in drought effected vidarbha and marathawada region was not even discussed as Committee examined the proposals for financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh for Hudhud cyclone, Arunachal Pradesh for floods and landslides and Karnataka for some parts of the State affected by floods and some parts affected by drought. The Committee also examined the proposal for financial assistance to Uttar Pradesh where some parts of the State were affected by hailstorm and some parts affected by drought,this is nothing but mockery of Maharashtra agrarian crisis ,alleged Kishor Tiwari   farm advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samti (VJAS) informed in press release today.

The ongoing farm suicide spiral is in agrarian crisis hit vidarbha region   is continue in new year 2015 as in last 24 hours four more farmers suicides reported ,they are 1.shaymrao lokhande of village loni and 2. Dilip sakhare of village pipalkhuta both in amaravati and 3.suresh kakad of village thevthana in akola and 4.moreshwar shatrakar of viilage akoli in yavatmal taking too 23 in this month whereas 1142 innocent distressed and aid starved farmers killed themselves in year 2014 even  The Supreme Court is  examine the issue of suicide deaths by debt-ridden farmers from drought-hit state of Maharashtra which witnessed a horrific incident of a 75-year-old tiller lighting his own funeral pyre in Vidharbha region last month, now National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken serious cognizance of the complainant filed by farm advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samti (VJAS) regarding Saiyad Ansar Ali and other farmers of vidarbha. farmers suicides ,VJAS convener Kishor Tiwari informed today .

"The pathetic plight of farmers has reached an alarming situation", farmers are seeking an immediate relief of Rs 25,000 per hectare of land from Maharashtra Government to the drought-hit farmer families along with a complete or reasonable waiver of crop loans to farmers but central Govt. apathy is forcing the farmers of Maharashtra kill themselves which is matter of national shame when NDA has  made vidarbha farm suicide as major election issue promises better cost and credit for farm produce and agriculture but all promises are turning out to be hoax, Tiwari said