Published On : Mon, May 25th, 2015

Vidarbha record Highest Farm Suicide in First Year of Modi Govt alleges VJAS

Nagpur: When there is different opinion regarding first year of NDA Govt. some are bullish ,some are optimistic but this is not a case for vidarbha rural masses which has been epicenter Indian farmers suicides since 2005 as record 1306 farmers suicides reported from 20 may 2014 to 24th May 2015 as per official figure which is 40% higher than last year may-13- may 14 moreover there is constant growth in farm suicide numbers every month and last 140 days of 2015 has reported highest ever 448 farmer suicides indicating serious distress and despair prevailing in 5 million agrarian community which is facing economic crisis since 2005 and last years kharif and ruby crop damages due server climate change and market recession coupled with hostile approach Govt. to address rural disaster has been cause of strip hike in farm suicide cases ,Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan samiti (VJAS) , farmers advocacy group fighting fro farmer rights since 1995 informed in press release today

There is no attraction to look at ongoing celebrations of PM Modi’s first anniversary after coming to power in dying field of west vidarbha where more than 3 million cotton farmers families and 2 million Tribal families who are in grip of most severe agrarian crisis and facing starvation due unseen drought followed by untimely rain damaging both winter and summer crops which started since 1997 when effect of globalization and free trade started showing negative impact to cotton growers but after June 2005 west vidarbha has been on international radar due to acute distress resulting in more-than 11000 deb-trapped cotton farmers suicides ,Tiwari said .

Tiwari recalled that there was amazing jubilation 3 million cotton farmers who are debt-trapped and facing economic recession due to international cotton market when prime minister Narendra Modi came to power with clean majority to his party BJP as PM has promised dying farmers that he has solution to stop innocent vidarbha farmers suicides which is result of non-sustainable structure of minimum support price and very poor intervention of state and huge debt promising farm loan waiver and fresh credit to debt trapped farmers and giving higher MSP according to a proposed formula of investment plus 50 per cent profit but road-map shown Modi in his budget skipped both issues addressing cost and credit crisis moreover NDA-2 has started economic reforms which has hurt agriculture sector adversely since 1997 resulting more than 3 lakhs innocent farmers suicides.

There is acute distress over PM Modi apathy as in last one year toward vidarbha agrarian crisis as he has not given any healing touch starving farmers when Maharashtra state government officially declared that 60 per cent of its villages were facing a “severe drought” of the century, last year, affecting almost 90 lakh farmers in state. 23,811 of state’s total 39,453 villages fall under this category after complete kharif crop was damaged, there is international recession in cotton as global market and demand has been dropped and this will effect more than 40 million cotton farmers cultivating cotton in more than 12 million hector mostly dry land farmers hence union budget is talking big mega investment infrastructure and long term credit but failed to address core issues of giving direct relief package to these 40 million cotton farmers who are victims of global open market economy and mismatched demand supply situation ,NDA has sidelined the rural and agrarian crisis from its priority list When poor are demanding food under universal PDS and farmers are killing themselves due to debt and poor prices of agriculture produce,Tiwari urged

New NDA Govt. has failed to give any healing touch in his policy road map budget -2015 distressed 3 million dry land farmers which are growing cash crop like cotton and soybean in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra as there is no announcement of fulfilling PM Narendra Modi pre-poll promises on farm loan waiver and giving higher MSP according to a proposed formula of investment plus 50 per cent returns as indicated earlier that BJP is treating the issue of minimum support price (MSP) and waiver of farm loans as a ‘Kisan-Jumla’ (empty election promise) as there is no budgetary provisioning and plan to address the acute agrarian crisis with focus on credit, cost and crop issues hence to stop farmers suicides, it was high time that the Centre looks at agrarian crisis seriously in Vidarbha and announce special plan to address existing despair and high time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to re-look into agrarian crisis immediately,Tiwari asked