Sunday, 30 October 2011

Maharashtra Tops farmer's suicides in 2010: VJAS urged to sack Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan


NCRB reports  Maharashtra Tops farm suicides in 2010: VJAS urged to sack Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan     
Nagpur: October 30, 2011
It's official that the country has seen over a quarter of a million farmers’ suicides between 1995 and 2010. The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest report on ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ places the number for 2010 at 15,964 and Maharashtra  has reported maximum 3141 farmers suicides followed by Karnataka 2585, A.P. 2525 and  old M.P. +C.G. 2363 amounting 10,614 . That brings the cumulative 16-year total from 1995 — when the NCRB started recording farm suicide data — to 2,56,913, the worst-ever recorded wave of suicides of this kind in human history. Maharashtra posts a dismal picture with over 50,000 farmers killing themselves in the country's richest State in that period. It also remains the worst State for such deaths for a decade now. Close to two-thirds of all farm suicides have occurred in five States: Maharashtra, Karnataka, A.P., Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti has urged UPA convener Smt. Sonia Gandhiji to chage Maharashtra worst performing Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan as he is failed to protect cotton farmers of region having  has ignored main demands of hike in Minimum Support Price-MSP  of cotton, soybean and paddy  and failed to resolve the issues of  the procurement centers along with serious issue of power cut in rural vidarbha which is more than 18 hours and due to load-shedding, 50% cotton and paddy production of the region has suffered hence it was expected ,president Kishor Tiwari informed today.

“The recent announcement of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan yesterday that hiking the  of Minimum Support Price-MSP  of cotton will hit textile industry and lead to closing of mills has shocked the five million cotton farmers of Maharashtra as this is against the pending demand of congress and NCP party and It was expected that congress leaders of region will take up this serious issue of agrarian crisis with Maharashtra CM but nobody pushed the main demands and all were busy in welcoming  him moreover. As Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan  has given hostile administration to state and administrative corruption is at peaks there is no coordination of ministers with chief minister resulting complete failure of state coalition Govt. hence we are demanding his removal to save dying cotton farmers of Maharashtra” Tiwari said.

In Maharashtra alone cotton is cultivated over 52 lakh hectare and the lion's share of it is in the rain fed region of Vidarbha and Marathwada where Bt.cotton crop has been failed due to long dry spell in September  severely effecting the net yield of cotton by 50% resulting another Black Diwali for Bt.cotton growers who are in rip of agrarian crisis and committing suicides since June 2005 .The rain sensitive Bt.cotton seed which has increased almost triple the cultivation cost and drop down the net average cotton production per hector coupled with international market volatility  and Indian Govt. export restrictions are the main reasons of prevailing distress and despair in region forcing the cotton farmers to kill themselves  which is matter of national shame but complete apathy of Govt. at the centre and state are adding fuel to this on going farmers genocide, Tiwari said.

Since august party leaders who are in power are found busy in demanding MSP for cotton like public auction from  Rs 5,000 or Rs 6000 per quintal and it is countered by the opposition leaders with the demand for Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per quintal for the sake of political mileage making joke of the debt ridden farmers suffering as  UPA Congress-NCP government has shamelessly hiked the cotton price from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,300 a quintal in four years overlooking sky rocketing production cost which is allowing private traders to exploit the cotton farmers hence Maharashtra farmers are  demanding state procurement at minimum Rs . 6000 per quintal in order to give bailout relief more than 5 million debt trapped cotton farmers of Maharashtra  as there are valid reasons when The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani has demanded Rs 6,000 per quintal while MPCC president Manikrao Thakre urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure Rs 5,000 MSP followed by social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe took two MLAs along with him to New Delhi and they urged the Party President Smt.Sonia Gnadhiji to lift ban on cotton export permanently and hike the MSP to Rs 7,000 per quintal but in ground reality cotton farmers will another Black Diwali  andthere are more chances of farm suicides due on going despair and distress, Tiwari added.

Looking at prevailing situation internationally wheren cotton prices are likely to  soar  to Rs 7,000 a quintal  this year too riding on the global scarcity on account of poor crops in the US, China and Pakistan, Indian cotton farmers can hedge these prices only if  central Govt. manages to  raise the minimum support price to Rs 6,000 level but The government has not responded favorably disappointing cotton farmer hence we urge for  urgent intervention to save dying cotton farmers, Tiwari said.

"As the reports from allover the are showing world shortage of cotton production , the Indian farmer gets advantage this time as cotton is now placed under open general license (OGL) for exports. But the OGL status should be continued. Last year, the Centre put unnecessary restrictions on exports denying farmers an opportunity to make it big. In the process they lost a market worth Rs 30,000 crore," said Tiwari.

“At the national level Maharashtra is main state which is cultivating Bt.cotton in around 52 lakh hector which is around 40% of Indian cotton cultivation moreover agrarian economy of Maharashtra is completely based on cotton production and prices hence we demand urgent intervention from Govt.” Tiwari added.
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Saturday, 29 October 2011

In 16 years, farm suicides cross a quarter million-Maharashtra leads in statistic of shame-P.Sainath


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Mumbai,October 29, 2011

In 16 years, farm suicides cross a quarter million-Maharashtra leads in statistic of shame

P. Sainath
It's official. The country has seen over a quarter of a million farmers’ suicides between 1995 and 2010. The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest report on ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ places the number for 2010 at 15,964. That brings the cumulative 16-year total from 1995 — when the NCRB started recording farm suicide data — to 2,56,913, the worst-ever recorded wave of suicides of this kind in human history.
Maharashtra posts a dismal picture with over 50,000 farmers killing themselves in the country's richest State in that period. It also remains the worst State for such deaths for a decade now. Close to two-thirds of all farm suicides have occurred in five States: Maharashtra, Karnataka, A.P., Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The data show clearly that the last eight years were much worse than the preceding eight. As many as 1,35,756 farmers killed themselves in the 2003-10 period. For 1995-2002, the total was 1,21,157. On average, this means the number of farmers killing themselves each year between 2003 and 2010 is 1,825 higher than the numbers that took their lives in the earlier period. Which is alarming since the total number of farmers is declining significantly. Compared to the 1991 Census, the 2001 Census saw a drop of over seven million in the population of cultivators (main workers). The corresponding census data for 2011 are yet to come in, but their population has surely dipped further. In other words, farm suicides are rising through the period of India's agrarian crisis, even as the number of farmers is shrinking.
While the 2010 numbers show a dip of 1,404 from the 2009 figure of 17,368, there is little to cheer about. “There was a similar dip in 2008, only to be followed by the worst numbers in six years in 2009,” points out Professor K. Nagaraj, an economist at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, who did the largest ever study of the farm suicides covering a decade (The Hindu, November 12-15, 2007). “This one-year decline does not in any way indicate we have turned the corner. This dip happened mostly because of one-off falls in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In fact, a look at the ‘Big 5' who drive the numbers shows the fallout of the agrarian crisis to be as grim as ever. They have actually increased their share of the farm suicides.”
The five States with the largest share of the quarter-of-a-million farm suicides recorded in India over the past 16 years are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
While the total number of farmers who took their own life in 2010 showed a dip from the preceding year, the share of the Big 5, in fact, rose to 66.49 per cent of all farm suicides in 2010. It was 62 per cent in 2009. Three of the Big 5 States have shown significant increases over 2009: Maharashtra (+269), Karnataka (+303), and Andhra Pradesh (+111). Nationally, the last eight years have seen on average, farmers killing themselves at a rate of one every 30 minutes.
In all, 14 of 28 States reported increases in 2010, while four have recorded declines of five or fewer suicides. The dip in 2010 comes with big falls in Chhattisgarh (-676), Tamil Nadu (-519) and Rajasthan (-461) and significant falls in Madhya Pradesh (-158), Puducherry (-150), and Uttar Pradesh (-108). West Bengal and Gujarat also report declines of 61 and 65. But the overall trend remains dismal.
In 1995, the first time the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) tabulated farm suicide data, the Big 5 accounted for 56.04 per cent of all farm suicides . In 2010, despite a one-year decline, they accounted for 66.49 per cent. Maharashtra's story is alarming. It saw 20,066 farmers kill themselves between 1995 and 2002. That stands dwarfed by the 30,415 farmers who took their lives in the next eight years. The latter period saw an annual average increase of nearly 1,155 such deaths in the State. This was also the period when money was poured into relief ‘packages' of the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister, through the loan waiver of 2008, and other measures.
During the very decade in which it reigned without break as the worst State to be a farmer in, Maharashtra rose to the first position among the big States in per capita income. Overall at Rs. 74,027, it is behind only much smaller States like Haryana and Goa. The Union Agriculture Minister is from this State and has held that post for six of those 10 years
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Friday, 28 October 2011

Editor-in-Chief: India Today on Vidarbha Farmer Suicide

Editor-in-Chief: India Today on Vidarbha Farmer Suicide




EDITOR'S NOTE ON VIDARBHA AGRARIAN CRISIS
India Today EDITOR'S NOTE Story

From the Editor-in-Chief: India Today issue on Vidarbha

(Dated November 7, 2011)



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Editor-in-Chief: India Today
October 28, 2011 | 18:49
Kalawati, a widow with nine children, acquired national prominence, courtesy Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi three years ago. Her husband, a cotton farmer from Vidarbha unable to pay his debts, committed suicide in 2005. In July 2008, during the tenure of UPA 1, Rahul, in an evocative speech in Parliament, spoke about how he visited her home and found that her husband had committed suicide because he was dependent on only one crop. His widow subsequently resolved her problem, according to Rahul, by sowing three crops, acquiring two buffaloes and digging a pond. As this was part of the nuclear energy debate, he said that nuclear energy would be the country's insurance policy in times of need just like Kalawati's pond was her insurance policy in times of drought. It so happens that the prospect of nuclear energy looks dismal in India, and so does Kalawati's future.
After her husband's death in 2005, her son-in-law killed himself in 2010. One of her daughters, tired of the humiliation of prolonged illness and continued penury, committed suicide this year. Kalawati has lost four relatives in the last six years. Rahul Gandhi's visit brought her attention but no compensation from the Government. Some generous NGOs gave her money. However, her life today remains a struggle. There are many other less famous women in that region who lead lives harder than even Kalawati's. All of their farmer-husbands committed suicide, unable to pay their debts.
For our cover story this week, Deputy Editor Damayanti Datta, Assistant Editor Kiran Tare and photographer Bhaskar Paul drove 700 kilometres from Nagpur to visit 10 villages in Vidarbha. Says Datta, "The farmers of the region are so desperately poor that in addition to farming the small landholding they own, they also have to work as labourers on other farms. In the end they still earn no more than a total of Rs 2,500 a month." This region is an important cotton farming belt of India. Cotton is a commercial crop and should, logically, yield decent returns. What then drives farmers to suicide? Some activists blame the introduction of genetically modified BT cotton a decade ago. That, they say, has raised the prices of seeds, while requiring farmers to buy new seeds every year. However, there is considerable evidence to show that BT cotton gives substantially high yields and higher returns than the older varieties it has replaced. The real problem is with systems.
Vidarbha, unlike say Gujarat, another Bt cotton-growing state, has little irrigation, which means the probability of crop failure gets hugely magnified if the monsoon fails. Farmers are entitled to financial support from the local administration and public sector banks if the crop fails. Both usually fail to deliver. The administration demands proof that farmers used "approved" seeds. They often use cheaper unapproved varieties. Banks demand collateral which they do not have. That forces them into the hands of moneylenders who charge interest rates as high as 40-50 per cent, the main cause of suicides. The Government can play a preventive role: by investing in irrigation, by getting rid of unnecessary rules of approval, and by ensuring that banks give credit.
It is a travesty that starvation and suicide should haunt a region as large as Vidarbha in a state as industrialised and prosperous as Maharashtra in a country making such rapid strides elsewhere, growing at the rate of more than 8 per cent a year for a decade. Rahul may not be able to save India's nuclear deal but, perhaps, he can get the Government to save Kalawati and others from their miserable plight.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Documentary on Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis ‘Cotton for my shroud’ won Gold at the IDPA Awards-2011 and Nominated for the Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival-2011



Documentary on Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis  ‘Cotton for my shroud’  won  Gold  at the IDPA Awards-2011 and Nominated for the Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival-2011

 Nagpur -26th October 2011

The story of the cotton farmers suicides of Vidarbha produced as documentary film ‘Cotton for my shroud’  by Top Quark Films and directed by Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl has been overwhelmingly viewed and got a very good response at the Mumbai Film Festival, organised by MAMI which was screened at Cinemax, Versova on October 15, 2011which has won the gold for script at the IDPA Awards-2011 and It has also been nominated for the Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival at Delhi, to be held in December 2011, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari informed today.
“This is first documentary film which gives true picture of ground reality and exposes the reason of mass genocides of farmers done bt the state and US base Bt.cotton seed company Monsanto    We are trying to organize screenings in different cities in other Indian metros too so that we can get civil society support which has turned it’s blind eye on this very serious issue over years .we are indebted to producer who has dared to release this documentary even after getting big hurdles from administration ”Tiwari added.
‘Cotton for my shroud’   shows story of dying field of vidarbha where more than 10,000 cotton farmers have committed suicides since 2004 after the introduction of American Bt.cotton seed  as it report and
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You need iron in your soul to walk through the villages in Vidarbha region of India. There is hardly a farmer here who is not under debt and rarely will you come across a village where there has been no suicide. This cotton-growers belt once known for its fine cotton produce is known for cotton farmers' suicides today. It is now termed as the 'graveyard of farmers' by statisticians.

Vidarbha region in the state of Maharashtra – one of the richest states in India - has the highest instance of farmer suicides in India. With over 2.5 million tribal people, it is a classic case of a forest and mineral-rich region languishing while the funds for development are siphoned off to the 'influential' districts in the state. The voice for a separate statehood for Vidarbha is gaining momentum.
 The feature-length documentary, 'Cotton for my shroud' is not reportage. The film tries to understand from a grass-roots perspective what is driving cotton farmers in India to despair - is it just a crisis of farm credit and the stranglehold of the moneylender or are they victims of faulty paradigms of development.

The agriculture policies of the Government and their collusion with multinational corporations eyeing the vast market in India - are exposed by the testimonies of farmers and scientists. Torn between aggressive marketing of supposedly 'better varieties' of transgenic crops by the State and his traditional wisdom of low-cost and eco-friendly agriculture, the farmer ultimately lands up in the honey trap of Bt. The result is in an unending cycle of debt and misery.
 'Cotton for my shroud' was shot over two extensive visits to the hinterlands of Vidarbha.
In the summer, the lack of resources and bank loan for sowing the fields drives poor farmers to end their lives. In the winter, the depressed rates of cotton become the proverbial last straw.
 If one farmer kills himself, we can call it a suicide. But when a quarter of a million kill themselves, how can the government call it suicide? It is genocide.
 The Indian state has created conditions that are not conducive to the survival of small farmers. They want them to go, just as the small farmers disappeared in the west. In their place shall step-in large corporations that own vast swathes of farmland, growing pesticide-laced, genetically-modified food for an unsuspecting nation.Narrated in the first person, from the p.o.v of the film-makers, the film looks at the macro picture while following the lives of three families. 
While the state and the media label these deaths as suicide, the cotton fields of Vidarbha remain a mute witness to genocide.The film was shot over two visits to the hinterlands of Vidarbha.
Narrated in the first person, the film looks at the macro picture while following the lives of three families.  It gives us a window into the drama and despair that forms the warp and weft of life at Vidarbha.

About the Directors: Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl

Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl work in the genre of documentary and poetry films.
Their oeuvre spans the domains of ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights.

Having spent almost a decade as news-journalists, they turned a new leaf and started as independent documentary film-makers in 1996. Their films explore man’s relationship with his environment through diverse themes and issues: culture, poetry, water, climate change, sustainable livelihoods and human rights.

Their voluntary initiative ‘Via-Media’ is an effort to catalyse change by taking positive stories to receptive minds, and to build the capacity of citizens groups and movements. They take workshops to initiate inquisitive minds into film-making and photography.

Before studying journalism, both of them were students of English literature at the University of Delhi. Kavita reported for The Indian Express for seven years, of which, two were spent covering special features in the North-eastern states.

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VJAS  has thanked Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl for their grate work and pain while touring dying field of vidarbha and ‘Cotton for my shroud’   documentary will  certainly boost cause of innocent cotton farmer who are victims of wrong policies of state and will force the law makers to stop this massive corruption leading genocide of farmers in future ,Tiwari said.
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Monday, 24 October 2011

Chief Minister ignored Vidarbha Farmers Main Demands


Chief Minister ignored Vidarbha Farmers Main Demands 

Nagpur: October 24, 2011
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in his on going two days tour to the dying field of vidarbha has ignored main demands of hike in Minimum Support Price-MSP  of cotton, soybean and paddy  and starting the procurement centers along with serious issue of power cut in rural vidarbha which is more than 18 hours and due to load-shedding, 50% cotton and paddy production of the region has suffered hence it was expected that CM will provide healing touch to distressed farmers but nothing has happened which will add further fuel to on going agrarian despair, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari informed today.
“It was expected that congress leaders of region will take up this serious issue of agrarian crisis with Maharashtra CM but nobody pushed the main demands and all were busy in welcoming  him moreover opposition leaders were also busy in getting blessing of CM that’s most humiliating .earlier to BJP leader L.K.Adavani moved in vidarbha last week but he too failed to discuss the main issue of agrarian crisis which was much more irritating .vidarbha farmers issues are confined to election speeches of these political leaders and this is not election time too” Tiwari said.

In Maharashtra alone cotton is cultivated over 52 lakh hectare and the lion's share of it is in the rain fed region of Vidarbha and Marathwada where Bt.cotton crop has been failed due to long dry spell in September  severely effecting the net yield of cotton by 50% resulting another Black Diwali for Bt.cotton growers who are in rip of agrarian crisis and committing suicides since June 2005 .The rain sensitive Bt.cotton seed which has increased almost triple the cultivation cost and drop down the net average cotton production per hector coupled with international market volatility  and Indian Govt. export restrictions are the main reasons of prevailing distress and despair in region forcing the cotton farmers to kill themselves  which is matter of national shame but complete apathy of Govt. at the centre and state are adding fuel to this on going farmers genocide, Tiwari said.

Since august party leaders who are in power are found busy in demanding MSP for cotton like public auction from  Rs 5,000 or Rs 6000 per quintal and it is countered by the opposition leaders with the demand for Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per quintal for the sake of political mileage making joke of the debt ridden farmers suffering as  UPA Congress-NCP government has shamelessly hiked the cotton price from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,300 a quintal in four years overlooking sky rocketing production cost which is allowing private traders to exploit the cotton farmers hence Maharashtra farmers are  demanding state procurement at minimum Rs . 6000 per quintal in order to give bailout relief more than 5 million debt trapped cotton farmers of Maharashtra  as there are valid reasons when The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani has demanded Rs 6,000 per quintal while MPCC president Manikrao Thakre urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure Rs 5,000 MSP followed by social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe took two MLAs along with him to New Delhi and they urged the Party President Smt.Sonia Gnadhiji to lift ban on cotton export permanently and hike the MSP to Rs 7,000 per quintal but in ground reality cotton farmers will another Black Diwali  andthere are more chances of farm suicides due on going despair and distress, Tiwari added.

Looking at prevailing situation internationally wheren cotton prices are likely to  soar  to Rs 7,000 a quintal  this year too riding on the global scarcity on account of poor crops in the US, China and Pakistan, Indian cotton farmers can hedge these prices only if  central Govt. manages to  raise the minimum support price to Rs 6,000 level but The government has not responded favorably disappointing cotton farmer hence we urge for  urgent intervention to save dying cotton farmers, Tiwari said.

"As the reports from allover the are showing world shortage of cotton production , the Indian farmer gets advantage this time as cotton is now placed under open general license (OGL) for exports. But the OGL status should be continued. Last year, the Centre put unnecessary restrictions on exports denying farmers an opportunity to make it big. In the process they lost a market worth Rs 30,000 crore," said Tiwari.

“At the national level Maharashtra is main state which is cultivating Bt.cotton in around 52 lakh hector which is around 40% of Indian cotton cultivation moreover agrarian economy of Maharashtra is completely based on cotton production and prices hence we demand urgent intervention from Govt.” Tiwari added.
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Friday, 21 October 2011

VJAS flays ‘China Tour’ of cotton federation Directors when Five Million Maharashtra Cotton Farmers are in Crisis


VJAS flays ‘China Tour’ of cotton federation Directors when Five Million Maharashtra Cotton Farmers are in Crisis

NAGPUR: October 22, 2011

The on going ‘China Tour’  of The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani  and along with all directors at time of  worst crisis and panic situation of  more than five million cotton farmers of region  is under severe criticism as this is wasteful expenditure of tax payers money when accumulated losses of federation has crossed more than Rs.5000 crore and federation has sacked more than 350 officers last months giving reasons that state administration has asked to do so on the ground of ill fated  financial condition and bankruptcy  of federation but same Maharashtra Govt. has allowed it’s directors needless foreign tour has been strongly flayed by cotton farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan  Samiti(VJAS) who have declared to lodge official protest of anti-farmer move, president Kishor Tiwari informed today.
“Maharashtra cotton farmers and farm widows will burn effigy of  Marketing Federation directors along with  Chief Minister Prathviraj Chavan  who has failed to follow up the main demand of cotton growers to raise Cotton Minimum Support Price  MSP from Rs.3,000 to Rs.6,000 per quintal even after the repeated demands of his party and main partner of ruling Govt. NCP .When is sacking staff much nedd for starting the cotton procurement centers as Govt. is not having money to spend then who is spending millons of rupees of this directors china tour, we will  move the PIL for recovery of same and will continue the protest ” Tiwari added.
In Maharashtra alone cotton is cultivated over 52 lakh hectare and the lion's share of it is in the rain fed region of Vidarbha and Marathwada where Bt.cotton crop has been failed due to long dry spell in September  severely effecting the net yield of cotton by 50% resulting another Black Diwali for Bt.cotton growers who are in rip of agrarian crisis and committing suicides since June 2005 .The rain sensitive Bt.cotton seed which has increased almost triple the cultivation cost and drop down the net average cotton production per hector coupled with international market volatility  and Indian Govt. export restrictions are the main reasons of prevailing distress and despair in region forcing the cotton farmers to kill themselves  which is matter of national shame but complete apathy of Govt. at the centre and state are adding fuel to this on going farmers genocide, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari informed today.

Since august party leaders who are in power are found busy in demanding MSP for cotton like public auction from  Rs 5,000 or Rs 6000 per quintal and it is countered by the opposition leaders with the demand for Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per quintal for the sake of political mileage making joke of the debt ridden farmers suffering as  UPA Congress-NCP government has shamelessly hiked the cotton price from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,300 a quintal in four years overlooking sky rocketing production cost which is allowing private traders to exploit the cotton farmers hence Maharashtra farmers are  demanding state procurement at minimum Rs . 6000 per quintal in order to give bailout relief more than 5 million debt trapped cotton farmers of Maharashtra  as there are valid reasons when The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani has demanded Rs 6,000 per quintal while MPCC president Manikrao Thakre urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure Rs 5,000 MSP followed by social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe took two MLAs along with him to New Delhi and they urged the Party President Smt.Sonia Gnadhiji to lift ban on cotton export permanently and hike the MSP to Rs 7,000 per quintal but in ground reality cotton farmers will another Black Diwali  andthere are more chances of farm suicides due on going despair and distress, Tiwari added.

Looking at prevailing situation internationally wheren cotton prices are likely to  soar  to Rs 7,000 a quintal  this year too riding on the global scarcity on account of poor crops in the US, China and Pakistan, Indian cotton farmers can hedge these prices only if  central Govt. manages to  raise the minimum support price to Rs 6,000 level but The government has not responded favorably disappointing cotton farmer hence we urge for  urgent intervention to save dying cotton farmers, Tiwari said.

"As the reports from allover the are showing world shortage of cotton production , the Indian farmer gets advantage this time as cotton is now placed under open general license (OGL) for exports. But the OGL status should be continued. Last year, the Centre put unnecessary restrictions on exports denying farmers an opportunity to make it big. In the process they lost a market worth Rs 30,000 crore," said Tiwari.

“At the national level Maharashtra is main state which is cultivating Bt.cotton in around 52 lakh hector which is around 40% of Indian cotton cultivation moreover agrarian economy of Maharashtra is completely based on cotton production and prices hence we demand urgent intervention from Govt.” Tiwari added
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Another ‘Black Diwali’ for five million Maharashtra Cotton Farmers due to Crop Failure and Non-Procurement from The Govt.

Another ‘Black Diwali’ for five million Maharashtra Cotton Farmers due to Crop Failure and Non-Procurement from The Govt.
NAGPUR: October 21, 2011
In Maharashtra alone cotton is cultivated over 52 lakh hectare and the lion's share of it is in the rain fed region of Vidarbha and Marathwada where Bt.cotton crop has been failed due to long dry spell in September severely effecting the net yield of cotton by 50% resulting another Black Diwali for Bt.cotton growers who are in rip of agrarian crisis and committing suicides since June 2005 .The rain sensitive Bt.cotton seed which has increased almost triple the cultivation cost and drop down the net average cotton production per hector coupled with international market volatility and Indian Govt. export restrictions are the main reasons of prevailing distress and despair in region forcing the cotton farmers to kill themselves which is matter of national shame but complete apathy of Govt. at the center and state are adding fuel to this on going farmers genocide, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari informed today.
Since August party leaders who are in power are found busy in demanding MSP for cotton like public auction from Rs 5,000 or Rs 6000 per quintal and it is countered by the opposition leaders with the demand for Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per quintal for the sake of political mileage making joke of the debt ridden farmers suffering as UPA Congress-NCP government has shamelessly hiked the cotton price from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,300 a quintal in four years overlooking sky rocketing production cost which is allowing private traders to exploit the cotton farmers hence Maharashtra farmers are demanding state procurement at minimum Rs . 6000 per quintal in order to give bailout relief more than 5 million debt trapped cotton farmers of Maharashtra as there are valid reasons when The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani has demanded Rs 6,000 per quintal while MPCC president Manikrao Thakre urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure Rs 5,000 MSP followed by social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe took two MLAs along with him to New Delhi and they urged the Party President Smt.Sonia Gnadhiji to lift ban on cotton export permanently and hike the MSP to Rs 7,000 per quintal but in ground reality cotton farmers will another Black Diwali andthere are more chances of farm suicides due on going despair and distress, Tiwari added.
Looking at prevailing situation internationally wheren cotton prices are likely to soar to Rs 7,000 a quintal this year too riding on the global scarcity on account of poor crops in the US, China and Pakistan, Indian cotton farmers can hedge these prices only if central Govt. manages to raise the minimum support price to Rs 6,000 level but The government has not responded favorably disappointing cotton farmer hence we urge for urgent intervention to save dying cotton farmers, Tiwari said.
"As the reports from allover the are showing world shortage of cotton production , the Indian farmer gets advantage this time as cotton is now placed under open general license (OGL) for exports. But the OGL status should be continued. Last year, the Centre put unnecessary restrictions on exports denying farmers an opportunity to make it big. In the process they lost a market worth Rs 30,000 crore," said Tiwari.
“At the national level Maharashtra is main state which is cultivating Bt.cotton in around 52 lakh hector which is around 40% of Indian cotton cultivation moreover agrarian economy of Maharashtra is completely based on cotton production and prices hence we demand urgent intervention from Govt.” Tiwari added.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

2 Million Bogus Students in Maharashtra school role-Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti writes to Prime Minister's Office-Merinews Reports.

2 Million Bogus Students in Maharashtra school role-Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti writes to Prime Minister's Office-Merinews Reports.


http://www.merinews.com/article/vidarbha-janandolan-samiti-writes-to-prime-ministers-office/15859771.shtml
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti has moved the PMO urging him for a CBI probe about the shocking fact-finding report of the mega survey done by Maharashtra Government showing there 2 million students on school role.
Nagpur-19th october 2011
District Collector of Nanded in Maharashtra who undertook such survey in his district from September 6-10 found that more than 1 lakh 40 thousand of the students were bogus and schools are getting the aid on the basis of these fraudulent students. It is estimated that the final report of state level survey reveales the shocking fact that a progressive state like Maharshtra has made completely mockery of 'Sarwashkisha Abhiyan', and that there are more than 2 million students were  found missing from schools, who in fact, were not missing but bogus in order to get aid and staff salary, which is a practice that continues since 1985 after the state government flooded the government-aided schools opened by MLA/Ministers of ruling parties and more than Rs. 20 thousand crore is the amount of this mega scam, which is likely to be the largest scam in Maharashtra since its formation in 1960.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed about these facts in a press release, "We are following the survey since it was initiated in Nanded District popularly known as 'Pat Tapasani' and we are not happy with the response of the state government after the report about Nanded was submitted to the state cabinet who decided to conduct the survey throughout state and it was done in Maharashtra with help of more than 1 lakh staff and police force between October 3-5. The final report shows that in Maharashtra more than 2 million students are bogus, and each year the school management is getting bogus grant to the tune of more than Rs.2200 crore amounting to tune of Rs.20 thousands crore in the last 15 years. Hence only CBI can probe and bring out the truth and book all culprits who have made a mockery of education in Maharashtra. We are expecting the Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has ordered such a massive survey and brought the truth before the nation, will ask the centre for a CBI probe in alleged irregularities and this bogus student scam. We are planning to move the high court if PMO rejects our demand. We are hopeful that the state government will take steps to curb this massive corruption in its next cabinet meeting."
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Monday, 17 October 2011

Tiwari demands Rs 6,000 MSP for cotton-Times of India


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Kishore Tiwari demands Rs 6,000 MSP for cotton

Yavatmal: Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari had demanded minimum support price of Rs 6,000 per quintal of cotton for farmers of Vidarbha.
In a press release on Sunday Tiwari said, "The Congress-NCP government has shamelessly hiked the cotton price from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,300 a quintal in four years overlooking sky rocketing production cost. As a result the farmers in the country have been forced to suffer a Rs 2000 crore loss.
In Maharashtra alone cotton is cultivated over 52 lakh hectare and the lion's share of it is in the rain fed region of Vidarbha. Tiwari said. "At present these party leaders are found busy in demanding MSP for cotton like public auction," Tiwari said, adding the ruling party leaders demand for Rs 5,000 or Rs 6000 per quintal and it is countered by the opposition leaders with the demand for Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per quintal for the sake of political mileage. Tiwari urged them not to make joke of the debt ridden farmers suffering only losses every season.
The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani has demanded Rs 6,000 per quintal while MPCC president Manikrao Thakre urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure Rs 5,000 MSP. A couple of days ago, social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe took two MLAs along with him to New Delhi and they urged the party president to lift ban on cotton export permanently and hike the MSP to Rs 5,000 per quintal. Tiwari urged these leaders to arrive at a consensus and insist for Rs 6,000 MSP.


He urged the opposition to launch mass agitation for Rs 6,000 per quintal MSP and Rs 4,000 special assistance loss incentive against each quintal of cotton.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rahul’s Kalavati Daughter among six victim Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis Reported in 48 Hours

Rahul’s Kalavati Daughter  among six victim Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis Reported in 48 Hours 

Nagpur -17th October 2011
India Prince Rahul Gandhi’s poverty icon vidarbha farm widow Kalavati Bandurkar’s daughter among two farmers and wife of dry land cotton farmer along with  her two small kids are suicides reported in the dying field of vidarbha which is reeling under severe agrarian crisis since 2005 claiming more than 8400 farmers suicides  taking toll 634 in the year 2011 alone ,these are victims of on going distress and despair resulting in suicides  mainly due to debt, poverty hunger and poor health care services in the most backward region of Maharashtra.

Along with kalavati’s daughter's delayed report of suicide ,vidarbha rocked with news of another debt trapped  farmers wife of village Tivali in Washim district namely Ujwala Batkal aged 26 killed herself with her two kids Aarti-6 years and Ganesh -2years as per news reported by daily SAKAL  an others are Rajaraddy Nalawar of digras in yavatmal and Ganesh Doiphode of village Shendurjanabazar in Amaravati .

“We have been demanding urgent relief of food security ,health care and proper counseling to these distress families who have been identified by state Govt. in 2006 after door to door survey in order to follow directives of high court Mumbai in the PIL of  VJAS  and  even after 5 years of recommendations  Maharashtra Govt. failed to  provide requisite relief to one million identified distressed families who are dent trapped having acute health problem and facing starvation  hence these are not  suicide ,are genocide done by the state” Kishore Tiwari of cotton farmers’ advocacy group  Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti-VJAS   informed in press release today.

As per news reported in LOKMAT ,Nagpur  recently Rahul Gandhi’s vidarbha farm widow Kalavati Bandurkar’s daughter Savita Divakar Khamankar of village Ralegoan in Bhadravati Tahsil in Chandrapur  district committed suicides due to poverty and failed to get health care in prolongned serious illness in last week of September but reported on 15th October  .she is second number daughter of Kalavati and this is third blow to her after her husband Parshuram Bndurkar committed suicide in 2005 her son-in –law Sanjay Kalaskar who committed suicide last year due to huge debt and economic crisis .

‘After meeting Kalavati in 2009, Rahul Gandhi during his speech in the Lok Sabha spoke of her life and how she and her village suffered without electricity, and contended “poverty is directly connected to energy security” and one NGO declared aid of Rs.25 lakh as fix deposit  to her and she is getting interest on FD but even this huge relief aid in isolation to one widows has not even reduced despair and distress of her family that reason we have been demanding integrated rehabilitation all 8000 vidarbha farm widows who lost bread earner in this agrarian crisis but Govt. is not responding that unfortunate ’ Tiwari added..

VJAS has strongly flays recent demand congress party senior Minister in Maharashtra Govt.  Shivajirao Moghe that central Govt. should raise Minimum Support Price  MSP of cotton to Rs.7000/- per quintal as against  Rs.3,300 per quintal fixed by Central Govt. for cotton season 2011-12  to  UPA convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi who he met yesterday along with delegation of MLAs of west vidarbha after Maharashtra cotton marketing federation  chairman Dr.N.P.Hirani has officially urged central Govt. earlier to raise cotton MSP  to Rs.6000/- per quintal but the ground reality is central Govt. has shown dustbin to both letters and distressed and  debt trapped cotton farmers are forced to  sale their cotton in throw away price and are committing suicides that’s most unfortunate ” Tiwari added.

‘If NCP wants cotton farmers should get MSP of Rs.6,000/- then they should part with centre and state Govt .on this issue and same is the case with MPCC President Manikrao Thakare and all Ministers/MLAs of vidarbha should resign from party to save dying cotton growers who are committing suicides due economic losses after the crop failure this year .the current situation in west vidarbha and  part of maharashtra is too worst to describe as cotton crop in around 52 lakhs hector has been failed and cotton growers in the region are in deep economic crisis needs urgent bailout package hence Cong.-NCP should stop political war of cotton MSP issue and ask Govt. to start procurement of cotton through CCI or NAFED  ar the MSP Rs.6000/- per quintal’ VJAS demanded.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Congress –NCP Political War on Cotton MSP makes Mockery of Cotton Farmer’s Crisis-VJAS


Congress –NCP Political War on Cotton MSP makes Mockery of Cotton Farmer’s Crisis-VJAS
Nagpur -16th October 2011
Recent demand congress party senior Minister in Maharashtra Govt. Shivajirao Moghe that central Govt. should raise Minimum Support Price MSP of cotton to Rs.7000/- per quintal as against Rs.3,300 per quintal fixed by Central Govt. for cotton season 2011-12 to UPA convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi who he met yesterday along with delegation of MLAs of west vidarbha , has initiated political war with it’s political partner NCP as NCP controlled Maharashtra cotton marketing federation chairman Dr.N.P.Hirani has officially urged central Govt. earlier to raise cotton MSP to Rs.6000/- per quintal by giving all logistic and economics behind the demand as CACP has not considered it while declaring the MSP has made mockery of 3 million cotton farmers who are committing suicides since 2005 due to agrarian crisis and this political war to take credit of non-doing will further aggravate the crisis resulting more farm suicides in west vidarbha , Kishore Tiwari of cotton farmers’ advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti-VJAS who is demanding urgent revision in MSP and procurement of cotton by state owned agency NAFED informed in press release today .
“Earlier MPCC President Manikrao Thakare wrote to Prime Minister on this serious issue of injustice with cotton growers of region who are innocent victims of wring policies of central Govt. while declaring MSP by CACP which is controlled by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar , has ignored all norms all facts and declared MSP at Rs.3,300 under the pressure of textile lobby asked urged centre to raise it Rs.5000 per quintal and in reply to this NCP controlled Maharashtra cotton marketing federation wrote second letter to PMO demanding the revision of cotton MSP to Rs.6,000 per quintal but the ground reality is central Govt. has shown dustbin to both letters and distressed and debt trapped cotton farmers are forced to sale their cotton in throw away price and are committing suicides that’s most unfortunate ” Tiwari added.
‘If NCP wants cotton farmers should get MSP of Rs.6,000/- then they should part with centre and state Govt .on this issue and same is the case with MPCC President Manikrao Thakare and all Ministers/MLAs of vidarbha should resign from party to save dying cotton growers who are committing suicides due economic losses after the crop failure this year .the current situation in west vidarbha and part of maharashtra is too worst to describe as cotton crop in around 52 lakhs hector has been failed and cotton growers in the region are in deep economic crisis needs urgent bailout package hence Cong.-NCP should stop political war of cotton MSP issue and ask Govt. to start procurement of cotton through CCI or NAFED ar the MSP Rs.6000/- per quintal’ VJAS demanded.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Vidarbha Farmers crucial meet on 13thocto. to discuss Cotton crisis-VJAS


Vidarbha Farmers crucial meet ‘Kapus Parishad-Cotton Conclave’ on 13thocto. to discuss Cotton crisis :Maharashtra cotton farmers   demands Rs.6000/- MSP

Nagpur: 12th October 2011

Amid reports that private traders have started buying cotton in open market from farmers at prices ranging between Rs. 4000 and Rs. 4500 a quintal Maharashtra cotton federation has been demanding the Govt. to raise cotton MSP @ Rs.6000/-  as against Rs.3300/- ,Bhartiya Kisan Sabha(BKS) main left wing farmers union along with farm  activists and economist  in the field will be meeting on October 13 at Wani in Yavtmal district ,place known as farmers suicides capital of India where they will wok out a strategy on future agitation as more than 3 million dry land cotton farmers  have already lost cotton crop over 2 million hector ,Kishore Tiwari of cotton farmers’ advocacy group  Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti who is supporting proposed cotton conclave informed in press realease today.
Atul National convener Bhartiya Kisan Sabha(BKS) ,vidarbha cotton farmers leader Kishor Tiwari   ,Shirinivas Khandewale economist and Shivdas Utane  Maharashtra unit president of BKS and Namdeo Gwande general secretary of Maharashtra BKS along with farm activist Tukaram Bhasme ,Prakash Reddy ,Adv.Devidas Kale  ,Adv.Vinayal Ekare are participating in 13th October cotton conclave ,Anil Ghate convener of this cotton conclave further added.
               Cotton is the biggest cash crop grown in Vidarbha region and some parts of Marathwada and Khandesh. The price the crop gets decides the fate of three million families in the state which has the largest area under cotton crop in the country.
                The Centre and the state government have indicated that they would not be in a position to pay more than Rs. 3300 a quintal as the minimum procurement price, a rate fixed two years ago. But farmers’ pressure groups like Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, which is one of participant of the conference, say the price is unfair as input costs have gone up in the last two years and so is the spiraling inflation, Demanding the domestic support price be hiked to Rs 4500, he said such a step could improve the state’s economy too as it depends a lot on cotton said Tiwari.

Vidarbha farmers supports Maharashtra cotton federation demand of  Rs.6000/- MSP

The Maharashtra State Cotton Grower’s co-operative federation which once managed the unique monopoly cotton purchase scheme but now plays the role of commission agent for the central agency NAFED has put very strong demand of cotton growers by challenging the CACP decision of keeping cotton MSP @ Rs.3300 and urged Govt. to start cotton procurement @ Rs.6000 from start of season in the state which likely to commence from 24th October but there is no positive response to this appeal hence farmers will decide future course of agitation  ,Mohan Jadhav Farm activist further added..