Thursday, 28 July 2011

आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकर्‍याची मुलगी होणार पत्रकार- आसवांच्या ताटव्यात फुलले अंबर..-लोकमत

आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकर्‍याची मुलगी होणार पत्रकार- आसवांच्या ताटव्यात फुलले अंबर..-लोकमत




आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकर्‍याची मुलगी होणार पत्रकार- आसवांच्या ताटव्यात फुलले अंबर..-लोकमत

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जितेंद्र ढवळे। दि. २८ (नागपूर)-पाच वर्षांची असताना वडिलांनी आत्महत्या केली. छत्र हरविले. कुटुंबावर कर्जाचा डोंगर. घरात चार मुली. दोन वेळच्या जेवणाची भ्रांत. घरातील कोपरा नि कोपरा अंधाराने भरलेला. आई सरस्वतीच्या आभाळाएवढय़ा मायेने जगण्याचे बळ मिळाले अन् आसवांच्या या ताटव्यात अंबर फुलले!


हे चित्रपटातील कथानक नसून यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील तेलंग टाकळी या खेड्यातील आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकर्‍याच्या कुटुंबातील गुणवंत लेकीची ही कहाणी आहे. कर्जाच्या पाशात अडकलेल्या दिवंगत रामदास अंबरवार यांच्या मंजूने आता हातात लेखणी घेत तिच्यासारख्याच आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकरी कुटुंबाचे वास्तव जगापुढे मांडण्याचा संकल्प केला आहे. यासाठी तिने राष्ट्रसंत तुकडोजी महाराज नागपूर विद्यापीठाच्या जनसंवाद विभागात बॅचरल ऑफ र्जनालिझम अभ्यासक्रमाला प्रवेश घेतला आहे.

१९९८ मध्ये यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील तेलंग टाकळी या खेड्यातील रामदास अंबरवार या शेतकर्‍याने कर्जाच्या जाचाला कंटाळत देह त्यागला. मात्र त्याच्या जाण्याने पत्नी सरस्वती आणि चार मुलीचा आधार हरविला. काळोखाच्या या विश्‍वात सरस्वतीने उंबरठा ओलांडला. शेती आणि रोजमजुरी करून कुटुंबाला आधार दिला. १२ वर्षाच्या या वनवासात सरस्वतीच्या सुषमा, मीनाक्षी, जयश्री, मंजू या चार मुलींमुळे घरात विद्या नांदू लागली. मात्र किडनीच्या आजारामुळे ग्रस्त असलेल्या आणि उपाचारासाठी पैसे नसल्याने जयश्रीचा डाव अध्र्यावरच मोडला. सुषमा आणि मीनाक्षीने बारावीपर्यंत शिक्षण घेतले. वडील गेल्यानंतर आत्महत्याग्रस्त कुटुंबाचे वृत्तांकन करणार्‍या पत्रकारांच्या प्रश्नाला उत्तरे देताना आईचे अर्शु टिपणार्‍या मंजूने बी.ए.ची परीक्षा पांढरकवडा येथून उत्तीर्ण केली. मात्र आयुष्याच्या परीक्षेत पास होण्याचा संकल्प गाठणार्‍या या मुलीने काही दिवसांपूर्वीच नागपूर गाठले. विद्यापीठाच्या जनसंवाद विभागाची प्रवेश परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण केली आणि जनसंवाद पदवी अभ्यासक्रमात प्रवेश घेतला. पत्रकारितेची पदवी पूर्ण केल्यानंतर विदर्भातील खेड्यापाड्यात जाऊन शेतकर्‍यांचे विदारक वास्तव जगापुढे मांडत विकासाचा अंबर फुलविण्याचे ध्येय मंजूने डोळ्यासमोर ठेवले आहे. आपल्या बापासारख्या हजारो दुर्दैवी शेतकर्‍यांचे प्राक्तन मंजूला जगासमोर मांडायचे आहे. नागपुरातील शिक्षणाचा खर्च, राहायचे कुठे, हा खर्च झेपेल का? असे अनंत प्रश्न तिच्यासमोर सध्या आहेत. पण कर्जाच्या ओझ्याखाली कोणत्याही शेतकर्‍याने आपला जीव गमावू नये, यासाठी काही मला पत्रकारितेच्या माध्यमातून करता येईल का? हा प्रश्न मात्र मंजूला मोठा वाटतो. रामदास अंबरवार या शेतकर्‍याला कुणाचाच आधार नव्हता.

ना समाजाचा, ना सरकारचा म्हणूनच त्याने आत्महत्या केली. आज या दिवंगत शेतकर्‍याची लेक हजारो शेतकर्‍यांचे प्राण वाचविण्यासाठी काही तरी करू इच्छिते. तिच्या वडिलांना आपण मदत करू शकलो नाही. तिच्यासाठी काही करता येईल का? मंजू अंबरवार : ९५५२७२६९५२

Now, Manju wants to write about farmers’ Agonies- Experience of distress -TIMES OF INDIA


Manju has first hand experience of their distress
Now, Manju wants to write about farmers’ agonies-
Ramu Bhagwat
Nagpur: In 1998 Ramdas Ambarwar, a farmer at Telang Takli village in Kelapur taluka of Yavatmal district, committed suicide unable to bear the piling debt burden. He was the only bread-earner and with his death the world came crashing down for his widow Saraswati and four daughters. Their youngest daughter, Manju, was just over five then. Since that day, life has been an endless struggle for the Ambarwar family.

For Manju, now 19, Wednesday brought a ray of hope as she secured admission in journalism course of Nagpur University. "I want to pursue journalism. That way I can chronicle life and times of Vidarbha farmers. As the daughter of a farmer who committed suicide, I have seen it all from close quarters and suffered every moment," Manju told TOI. She wants to sensitize people and the government about the miserable conditions in which farmers depending on vagaries of nature and mercy of policymakers have to live.
"After father’s death, mother had to look after the farming work and also run the family. She did not buckle down and gave us all strength to get along in life. She arranged for marriage of two of my elder sisters Sushma and Meenakshi after they had studied up to Class XII. My third sister, Jayshree, was in XII when a serious kidney ailment struck her. Mother wanted her to pursue a professional course as she was a science student. But Jayshree could not survive. Another of my mother’s dream was shattered," said Manju. The already distressed family could hardly afford the costly medical treatment and got into even more financial trouble.
Amid all this, the youngest sibling continued her studies. After primary education in the village, she went to nearby Umri to study up to XII and then commuted daily by ST bus to Pandharkawda for the college. This year she graduated in arts. Visibly happy after securing admission to bachelor of mass communication course at the University campus here, she feels she is a step closer to her ambition of being a journalist. "As a kid, I was impressed by the reporters who regularly visited our home to write about farmer suicides in Yavatmal district. I made up my mind to be a journalist and write on the issue from my personal experience of pain and sufferings," said Manju.
"I remember, soon after father’s suicide the then chief minister Narayan Rane came to our village. At a function organized to hand over compensation cheque of Rs 1 lakh several promises for welfare of farmers were made. Among the promises that were never kept was the one providing free education for children of farm suicide victims," she recalled.
"Thank god for the grit and courage of my mother that we survived the hard times. Also Kishore Tiwari and his Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti came to our rescue and stood by my mother. I have no idea how I will meet the cost of studying and living in a big city like Nagpur. I only hope I realize my ambition and lend a helping hand to my mother back in the village," says Manju.
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Friday, 22 July 2011

HC stops shifting of ashram shalas to Marathwada-TIMES OF INDIA

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HC stops shifting of ashram shalas to Marathwada

NAGPUR: In a setback to Maharashtra government's plans to shift tribal-residential schools, better known as ashram shalas, from Vidarbha to other regions, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday restrained it from doing so.

A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Pramod Kode issued show cause notice to principal secretary of tribal development department and state tribal development commissioner before fixing the plea for disposal on August 23.

The court's directives came while hearing a plea by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) president Kishore Tiwari. He had alleged that the government, under pressure from influential leaders, has issued a Government Resolution (GR) on April 18. This order transferred ashram shalas at Kayar in Wani and Ner in Yavatmal district to Dhule and Nanded districts of Marathwada respectively, without specifying any reason. Firdos Mirza was counsel for the petitioner, who prayed for quashing of the April 18 GR.

According to Mirza, these schools were in operation since 1995-96 and were functioning smoothly till 2008. Then, they were forced to shut down on account of irregularities. Due to this, many tribal students were deprived of their right to education guaranteed to them under the Constitution of India.

When the petitioner came to know about plans to transfer these schools outside Vidarbha, he approached the chief minster and tribal development minister, but failed to get a positive response. In the meantime, the government invited applications to run these schools and received about 16 proposals for the same. Mirza contended that despite this the government decided to transfer these schools, which shows their apathy towards the region.

I-T raids on BJP Prez's son's Ideal Power, Ankur Seeds

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I-T raids on BJP Prez's son's  Ideal Power, Ankur Seeds


NAGPUR: After a raid on politically connected contractors two days ago, the taxman was back on Thursday. This time the operation seems to be targeting businessmen close to BJP national president Nitin Gadkari. As a part of the raids on Mumbai-based IRB Infrastructure, the tax sleuths raided Ideal Power Ltd, one of the group companies coming up with a 540 MW power plant at Bela near Nagpur.

BJP president's son Nikhil Gadkari is an independent director in the Bela venture. He could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Gadkari senior's personal assistant Manoj Wadekar, however, clarified through an e-mail that reports about his son's association with the company were misleading. Being an independent director, he has no stake in the company at all. Gadkari or the BJP have no financial relations with the company, Wadekar said.

Gadkari-controlled Purti Group has a sugar factory in this place at Bela.

A simultaneous raid was conducted on M/s Ankur Seeds, having an office at Ganeshpeth. Vijay Kashikar, one of the directors in this city-based company, is learnt to also have a stake in infrastructure business and is reported to be close friend of Gadkari senior. He was also one of the main patrons of an agriculture expo held by Gadkari a few months ago, sources said.

A director in Ankur Seeds said on the condition of anonymity that the focus of the raid was on the infrastructure business run in the name of M/s Galaxy Infrastructure by Kashikar. Although the company's head office at Ganeshpeth was visited by the sleuths, the probe was limited to infrastructure business as some related documents were kept there.

The company has six directors including Kashikar. However, homes of none of the other five were raided during the action. Even the company's promoter Ravi Kashikar who lives in Wardha was spared, said this director. The office of the Director of Investigation (income tax), at Nagpur said that none of the two raids originated from the local office and could have been a part of the operation from Mumbai or any other place.

IRB Infrastructure has a major stake in road building business. Along with its subsidiaries, the company has constructed or operated and maintained around 1200 kms of roads. The aggregate size of company's BOT projects stands at around Rs 330 crore, IRB's website said. The company is promoted by a young entrepreneur Virendera Mhaiksar. A former chairman of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is also one of the directors in the company.

Ankur Seeds has a major presence in the seeds business in state, being in the business since 34 years. The company is headed by Ravi Kashikar as the chairman and M G Shembheker the managing director. Kashikar's wife Saroj is a veteran farm activist who was also a MLA from Pulgaon representing the Shetkari Sanghatana party.

Farm activists said that the seed dealers made a killing this season as cotton seeds were in high demand. A premium of almost Rs 300-400 more than the printed price was charged from the desperate farmers, activists said.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

3 more Vidarbha farmers commit suicide: PM urged to intervene-Merinews

3 more Vidarbha farmers commit suicide: PM urged to intervene
http://www.merinews.com/article/3-more-vidarbha-farmers-commit-suicide-pm-urged-to-intervene/15855252.shtml
***The Indian prime minister has been urged to revisit Vidarbha and take a close look at integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower, which are related to credit, minimum support price (MSP) and stringent export restrictions. ***
THE DELAYED erratic rains and frequent re-sowing, economic losses due to cotton price rescission and NBARD action to stall Agri. Credit under section 11 to district coop banks (DCB) through ill-fated and bankrupt MS co-op Bank, has resulted in three more distressed and debt-trapped cotton farmers’ suicide. As per media reports the farmers have been identified as:

1. Kisan Mane of Village Chatari in Yavatmal
2. Pushottam Galaskar of Chavsala in Amaravati
3. Tukaram Ingale of Alegoan in Akola 

Earlier this week, 4 four farmers had committed suicide, their names are,

1. Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit
2. Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit
3. Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati
4. Anandrao Khande of village Tawashi In Bhandara

These seven suicide cases have taken the official suicide toll to 443 in the year 2011 alone, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release.

“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 the interest waiver of Rs. 1,080 crore  and gave extended Agri. Credit of Rs. 2,500 crore, at the same time promising to make it double in next three years. But all promises were kept on paper and bankers reduced Agri. Credit for short crop loan. The loan has been further reduced to 50%, forcing the government to announce a complete loan waiver of Rs. 71,000 crore in March 2008, however, Vidarbha farmers were intentionally kept out this loan waiver. Farmers’ suicides in the cotton cultivating region still continues as non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers exercise of loan waiver has failed and crop loan amount in last five year reduced to 50%, whereas cultivation cost has increased multi-fold thanks to skyrocketing prices of Bt.Cotton Seed, Fertilizer and pesticides and labour,” said Tiwari.


As per district administration reports, now official crop loan disbursement is less than 50% in comparison to last year’s disbursement. There is big hue and cry in Vidarbha for fresh crop loan to all illegible farmers, but bankers are facing liquidity crunch due to insufficient fund sanctioned by apex bank NABARD. Although, Dr. Sudhir Goyal promised a credit flow in Rs. 510 crore in first week of July and another instalment of Rs. 500 crore since July 12, nothing has happened and crop loan stands still due technical issues after RBI twisted the irregularities and scam of existing directors of MSC Bank. Vidarbha farmers are suffering due to default of western Maharashtra sugar lobby, this is most unfortunate and hence we demand intervention of central Govt. so that it arranges crop loan disbursement to dying Vidarbha farmers,” Tiwari further said.

“We have urged Indian prime minister to revisit Vidarbha and look at the integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower which are related to credit, minimum support price (MSP) and stringent export restrictions, which are accumulating and resulting in farmers suicides,” Tiwari added.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

“Come clean on farmers”-Farmer Activist Kishore Tiwari critises BJP –TIME OF INDIA

“Come clean on farmers”-Farmer Activist Kishore Tiwari critises BJP –TIME OF INDIA
Yavatmal, Jul 20,2011
Time news service
President of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an NGO working for farmer welfare, today demanded that the BJP should declare its National Policy on farmers. Tiwari who proactively advocates cotton growers spoke at a press conference here
Tiwari severely criticized that whirlwind vidarbha tour of former BJP president Rajnath Singh at the behest of sitting LS member Hanraj Aher from chandrapur and sid that singh should have persuaded his party high command to come out from before nation over farmer issue .
Tiwari suggested that the former BJP president should instead of wasting time in rhetoric ,try to end the suffering of the farmers and their widows .he went to extend that of saying that singh should rather take to rahul Gandhi.
It is notable in june chandrapur MP Hansrak Aher organized a day Dharna opposite to Yavatmal District collector against price rise and shortage of seed fertilizers surprisingly former district president Divakar Pande and his splinter group did not participate in it .
‘it is fact that at least six districts of western vidarbha are till under the grip of natural calamities followed by the organized exploitation of illiterate farmers at the hands of unscrupulous moneylenders’ Tiwari said who wondered why a party like BJP overlooked the ailing farmers
He alleged that the BJP leadership has not uttered a single word about 116 thermal power plants projects of private energy producers proposed to come up in central India whih involves acquisition of fertile land running in to thousands of acres .
‘the BJP leaders sympathy and concern toward the the farmers in the country is nothing but a crocodile’s tear’ Tiwari said adding that none of the local leaders has gound time to visit the project affected villagers in get themselves acquainted with the problems of the affected farmers.
Thousand of acres land has to be acquired from farmers for the proposed energy projects at the villages Bijora (Mahagoan) and Kolura(Ner) of Yavatmal District and the affected villagers have strongly protested it.
Yet former BJP MLAa MadanYerawar and Uttam Inagle and former MLC Divakar Pande did not find time to visit affected areas.
Tiwari alleged that BJP president Nitin Gadkari owned Purti industries have grate interest in these projects and Gadkari’s salience stands testimony to it. BJP is playing double role for political gain as earlier it passed resolution of separate vidarbha in it’s national executive meet and now it is in trumpeting over it’s deep concern over farmer issues.
VJAS chief said."I, therefore, demand on behalf of the debt-ridden farmers and farm widows of Vidarbha that the BJP high command make public its national policy on farmers,”

Friday, 8 July 2011

Cotton farmers demand CBI probe into alleged Rs. 500 crore scam -MeriNews Report

Cotton farmers demand CBI probe into alleged Rs. 500 crore scam
The present cotton crisis in India is the result of wrong policies enforced by ex-textile minister of India to protect the interest of handful textile mill owners. Cotton farmers have demanded CBI probe into the case.


Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandoaln Samiti in a letter to Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh said that his samiti has documentary evidences to support these claims, and demands a CBI probe into this “Cotton Export Ban Scam”.
“We have a strong case against the Ex-Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and are ready to submit all proof of mega corruption to C.B.I. if PMO direct the CBI for the same. If PMO fails to take any action then we will move Mumbai high court Nagpur bench for relief,” Tiwari added in the letter.

Cotton prices have further crashed in India and as a result more farmers are committing suicide, Tiwari informed in a press note. The unholy cartel of finger counting textile tycoon and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran, which is responsible for the present cotton crisis in India. Farm activist group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has urged the PM to sack Maranto savemore than 5 million dying cotton farmers of Maharashtra, he added.

“Hundreds of cotton farmers and farm widows are marching to Delhi to meet Indian Prime Minister and UPA Convener Smt. Sonia Gandhi for urgent intervention in order to resolve the crisis as Textile minister initially restricted cotton bales export to 55 lakhs bales from earlier year 84 lakh bales even when country cotton production was higher... and now surprisingly as per Quota Policy of Cotton items has now added Cotton Waste ( Comber Noil)H. S. Code No. 5202 as cotton waste is a‘By-product’ of cotton yarn...,” Tiwari said.

“Cotton prices have increased from Rs 30000/candy in April 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately spinners increased the price of yarn from Rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011...Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran is directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

“As Cotton is an agricultural commodity and higher the prices farmers get, they will be encouraged to produce more and more of cotton and when cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lac bales to 330 lac bales in last 5 years the undue protection to local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growers which is the reason behind the present restriction of cotton export. And when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters has found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries the Govt should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt policies,” Tiwari continued.

He further urged the government to intervene in the matter and lift all export restriction on cotton bales and yarn.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

NGOs unite against thermal plants in Vidarbha -TIMES OF INDIA

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NGOs unite against thermal plants



NAGPUR: Vidarbha Environmental Action Group (VEAG) and India Peace Centre have decided to launch an awareness drive against the ill effects of large number of coal-fired thermal power plants coming up in Vidarbha. A discussion was held by the centre on this topic on Wednesday.

Paramjit Singh Ahuja threw light over the open loot of farmers in laying of transmission lines. "Take the case of Koradi-Wardha 400 KV line. A corridor of 171 feet is wasted under the line. However, the farmer gets a paltry life time compensation of Rs 50,000 per tower. If mobile companies can pay between Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per month, why not transmission utilities?"

Ahuja said that electromagnetic radiation from the lines kills birds and bees, which are pollinating agents thereby reducing agricultural yield. "The best solution is underground cables and infrastructure corridor even though they are quite costly."

Sudhir Paliwal highlighted the ill effects of thermal power plants and demonstrated how Vidarbha would turn into an environmental graveyard if all the proposed 89 power plants having generation capacity 55,000 MW become operational.

"Take Mihan's example. We were promised host of things like IT park, health city, large number of manufacturing units, etc. However, the only thing that has come up so far is a power plant that is selling power to outside."

Ahuja and Paliwal appealed to Vidarbha Economic Development Council's (VED's) new president Devendra Parekh to extend cooperation in saving the environment.

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Least rains affect cultivation in vidarbha-TIMES OF INDIA

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Least rains affect cultivation

NAGPUR: The state cabinet while taking stock of the kharif crop situation on Wednesday noted that except for five districts in western Maharashtra, most parts of the state have received rainfall below the season's average for the period. Of the 355 talukas in the state, 22 have recorded less than 20% rains.

Reports of scanty rainfall in many areas delaying sowing operations for the kharif crop which begins in June first week prompted a special review of the situation by the cabinet of ministers. The meeting was informed that out of the cultivable land of 132.34 lakh hectares, sowing could be completed in only 28.26 lakh hectares or just in 21% of the total land.

The meeting was told that almost all districts in Vidarbha had scanty rainfall ranging from 40 to 60% of the season's average. The situation for agriculture was very good in Kokan area as well as Kolhapur and Pune districts where it has rained around 120% of the average for that area. Paddy crop is at the nursery stage and in some areas it has already been transplanted. Sowing of groundnut, soyabean and jowar has also been taken up In Kolhapur district.

While 22 talukas got less than 20% rains, 78 talukas recorded 20 to 40% rains, 79 talukas got between 40 and 60%, another 67 talukas got between 60 and 80% of rains and 47 talukas had around 100% , 62 talukas received more that 100% of the rainfall in the current season. The meeting was also informed that there was adequate supply of chemical fertilizers and seeds.

Meanwhile, reports from Vidarbha's suicide-prone Yavatmal district indicated that farmers may have to go in for resowing in at least 40% of the areas where seeds were sown last month. The district initially received good rains but the subsequent dry spell has resulted in rodents and pest destroying the seeds in the soil. This has mainly hit the turf which is taken up as intercrop with cotton.

"Bt cotton seeds are already in short supply and farmers had to pay a premium of Rs 300 to Rs 500 extra as premium to get the preferred brands, Now if the seeds sown are wasted and re-sowing has to be done, it will add further strain to the already distressed farmers in the cotton belt," said Anil Tiwari, a prominent farmer from Pandharkawda.

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१0 लाख हेक्टरवर दुबार पेरणीचे संकट-लोकमत 
यवतमाळ। दि. ५ (जिल्हा प्रतिनिधी)

हवामान खात्याचा पावसाविषयी चुकलेला अंदाज, उंदीर व किड्यांनी नष्ट केलेली बियाणे आदी कारणांमुळे विदर्भातील सुमारे १0 लाख हेक्टरवर दुबार पेरणीचे संकट घोंघावत आहे. अशातच बँकांचे थांबलेले पीककर्जवाटप आणि बियाण्यांच्या तुटवड्यामुळे विदर्भात शेतकर्‍यांच्या आत्महत्येचे प्रमाण वाढत आहे. मागील तीन दिवसांत विदर्भाच्या विविध जिल्ह्यातील सहा शेतकर्‍यांनी आपली जीवनयात्रा संपविली आहे.

यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यात आतापर्यंंंंंंंंंंंत तीन लाखांहून अधिक हेक्टर क्षेत्रात कापूस, सोयाबीन, तूर आदी पिकांची पेरणी झाली. मात्र पावसाची हुलकावणी आणि उंदीर व किड्यांनी बियाणे नष्ट केल्याने ४0 टक्के शेतकर्‍यांना दुबार पेरणी करावी लागली. मागील काही दिवसांपासून वरूणराजाने डोळे लावल्याने आता पेरलेले बियाणे बाद ठरण्याची भीती आहे. आतापर्यंंंंंंंंंंंत संपूर्ण विदर्भातील दहा लाख हेक्टर क्षेत्रातील कापूस, सोयाबीन, तुरीची पेरणी उलटली आहे.

दरम्यान, बँकांनी बंद केलेले पीककर्ज वाटप आणि बियाण्यांच्या तुटवड्यामुळे शेतकर्‍यांच्या आत्महत्येचे प्रकार वाढत आहे. मागील तीन दिवसांत महादेव श्यामसुंदर (लोही), महादेव चौधरी (कळंब), जयराम तोडसाम (चिखलडोह, जि.यवतमाळ), सुभाष खारोडे (रौंदाळा, जि.अकोला), पंजाबराव मुदरे (उंबरखेड, जि.अमरावती), राजेंद्र कोरे (पळसगाव, जि. भंडारा) या शेतकर्‍यांनी पेरणी उलटल्याने जीवनयात्रा संपविल्याचे विदर्भ जन आंदोलन समितीने म्हटले आहे.

महाराष्ट्र राज्य सहकारी बँकेने मागील १५ दिवसांपासून पीककर्ज वाटप करणार्‍या सहकारी बँकांचा पतपुरवठा रोखला. याचा सर्वाधिक फटका यवतमाळ जिल्ह्याला बसला. पीककर्ज नियमित फेडूनही जिल्हा बँक पीककर्ज देण्यास असर्मथ ठरत आहे. तर राष्ट्रीयकृत बँकांना नवीन कर्ज वितरणाचे आदेश नसल्याने वाटप रोखले आहे. 

6 farmers commit suicide in past 4 days-UNI

6 farmers commit suicide in past 4 days

Nagpur, Jul 5 : Six farmers committed suicide in the past four days in Vidharbha district of Maharashtra due to indebtedness and an errant monsoon that damaged their crops, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samittee said.

According to a VJAS statement, three farmers from Yeotmal district and one each from Amrawati, Akola and Bhandara district chose death.

They have been identified as Mahadev Tukaram Shyamsundar of Rohi village, Madhukar Zituji Chaudhari of Kalamb and Jairam Todsam of Chikhaldoh village of Yeotmal district.

Punjabrao Bhimrao Mudre of Umarkhed village of Amravati, Subhash Kiran Kharode of Pouindala of Akola district and Rajendra Kore from Tadas village of Bhandara district also committed suicide due to heavu debt, VJAS source said.

Since January this year, 331 Vidarbha farmers have ended their lives due to the agrarian crisis, claimed Kishore Tiwari of VJS.

The Samittee has been documenting farmers suicides in the region since 2001.

Shravan Hardikar, Yavatmal district collector, said, ''I have sought details of the latest suicides from the officer concerned.

Whether all these suicides were a result of the agrarian crisis is yet to be ascertained.''

--UNI