Sunday, 30 September 2012

BJP MP's AJAY SANCHETI company got Rs 1,350cr Dam Deals illegally -Times of India



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BJP MP's  AJAY SANCHETI  company got Rs 1,350cr dam deals illegally


MUMBAI: A non-existing company owned by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti bagged irrigation projects worth Rs 1,350 crore in Maharashtra in 2007-08. 

The firm, Shakti Kumar M Sancheti Ltd, was renamed SMS Infrastructure in November 2005. Yet, Sancheti was awarded contracts by the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) under the name of the old company. "Once the name of a company is changed, the old name ceases to exist and the new name comes into existence. The Sancheti group used the old name as well as the new name concurrently to obtain more contracts than permitted,'' said officials. Government sources said VIDC's norms permitted a maximum of three contracts to a single contractor. Its tender condition clearly stipulated that in case of violation, the contractor would be blacklisted. 

Sancheti is a close aide of BJP president Nitin Gadkari and his family has RSS links for the last three generations. His uncle, Chainsukh Sancheti, is the BJP MLA from Buldhana district. 

Documents accessed by TOI reveal that the now defunct firm (Shakti Kumar) went on to bag four contracts; two in Gosikhurd in Bhandara district, one in Amravati district and another in Yavatmal district collectively worth Rs 1,350 crore. (VIDC later cancelled one of the tenders because it was awarded at an exorbitant rate.) 

Simultaneously, SMS Infrastructure also procured projects worth an additional Rs 389 crore between 2006 and 2009. 

Sancheti was not available for comment despite several attempts to contact him. 

MPs protest 250% dam cost escalation 

In November 2011, two MPs wrote to Union water resources minister Pawan Kumar Bansal about the unusual increase in the cost of the Purna barrage-2 (Ner Dhamana) irrigation project. The work was awarded to Sancheti. BJP's Haribhau Jawale and Shiv Sena's Nandrao Adul complained that its cost had shot up from Rs 182 crore to Rs 638 crore. "The design finalization was done way ahead after the tender was awarded. This resulted in excess expenditure by more than three times,'' said Jawale's letter. He further said that the original 2008 administrative approval was obtained without following due procedure. "If tender had been awarded post-finalization of design, it would have saved a lot of money and resources. As a result, cost of irrigating the land is estimated at Rs 9.19 lakh a hectare whereas the normal cost is around Rs 2 lakh a hectare,'' he added. The Centre had imposed a condition that the project be completed within the sanctioned amount. "However, reality seems to be far different as the project cost is revised drastically. Definitely, there seems to major manipulation causing undue benefit to certain vested interests,'' said Jawale. He urged the minister not to sanction the revised estimate as it was an "unrealistic'' one.

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Advance paid as ‘special case’ to Sancheti firms


MUMBAI: Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation's (VIDC) benevolence towards BJP MP Ajay Sancheti went beyond giving illegal contracts to his company. The contractor received a mobilization advance of Rs 121 crore despite various government circulars which prohibited such advances. These circulars were later scrapped by the then water resources minister Ajit Pawar in 2008. 

Interestingly, resolutions signed by Pawar and VIDC executive director D P Shirke stated that the advance was paid to Sancheti's two firms as a special case. Strangely, the resolution also said that there was no provision in the tender for such advance payment. These resolutions were not signed by the secretary of water resources department, who is the ex-officio managing director of VIDC. 

TOI has also learned that in 2010, the VIDC's governing council stayed the rule granting three works per contractor. In March, the central water commission chairman, R C Jha, visited the Gosikhurd project and observed that the right bank main canal being executed by Sancheti had either collapsed or tilted by nine metres at various spots. But VIDC engineers defended the work, stating that this was due to geological conditions. Sancheti's SMS Infrastructure claims to be one of the largest infrastructure companies in Central India with an employee base of over 1,300 people and a turnover of around Rs 1,100 crore.

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Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, October 01, 2012

Even as the political drama over alleged corruption in Maharashtra’s irrigation sector wound down, more information has come to light of how a government rule, which says one firm cannot get more than three contracts at a time, was ignored to the benefit of a handful of contractors.

Among those that benefited was a firm of the BJP MP Ajay Sancheti, a close aide of the party’s national president Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Sancheti, however, denies any irregularities and says his firm got contracts according to the rules.
In 2005, Mr Ajay Sancheti’s firm, Shaktikumar M Sancheti Ltd, changed its name to SMS Infrastructure Ltd and got a fresh certificate of incorporation. In 2006, the firm informed the Vidarbha Irrigation Develop-ment Corporation about the name change. But it now appears the two firms continued to operate at the same time.
During 2006-09, SMS Infrastructure, in a joint venture with D Thakkar Co Private Ltd., and Shaktikumar M Sancheti Ltd., in a joint venture with SN Thakkar Construction Company, between them bagged seven contracts including some for Gosikhurd, the biggest project in Vidarbha.
This was done despite the government resolution restricting a firm to three projects at a time. The Public Works Depar-tment had also in 1998 issued a GR that lays down norms for sharing of resources by different firms.
Sancheti, who is vice-chairman of SMS Infrastructure Ltd, denied any irregularities and claimed his company got every work order as per procedures.
SMS Infrastructure did not respond to our detailed questionnaire emailed to them. There was also no response to our repeated calls.
In 2008, when Ajit Pawar was irrigation minister, the VIDC had relaxed the three-contract limit on grounds that under the PM’s relief package more funds were made available to Vidarbha and many projects were taken up.
In the Konkan Irrigation Development Corportion (KIDC), the PWD’s 1998 rule on sharing resources was the one that was ignored. Consider this.
FA Constructions has bagged seven projects being implemented by the KIDC. Its sister concern, FA Enterprises set up in 2006, has already bagged four projects – Balganga, Kalu, Kondhane and Susari. Both companies, owned by the influential Khatri family, share three promoters, the same address and more than half the staff. The two firms have competed for several contracts while sharing the same pool of financial and technical resources. To our persistent queries, FA Enterprises in an email said: “This matter is presently under purview of High Court (public interest litigation) hence it is not fair to comment.”
The spokesperson for the firm, however, said that both FA Constructions and FA Enterprises were registered as Class 1-A contractors with the PWD and were known in the industry for “quality of work and completing assigned job much before designated time.”
In their defence, KIDC officials said PWD’s 1998 GR allowed transfer of general work experience and annual turnover from one firm to another depending on stake of retired partner.  But, both firms cannot utilise this stake as has been done in Konkan.
Officials handed out an undated retirement deed filed by FA Enterprises, saying three of the partners – Fateh Mohd Khatri, Nissar Khatri and Mrs Jaitoon F M Khatri - have retired from the parent partnership firm, FA Constructions, in 2006. And their stake in the parent company amounting to 80% had been transferred to FA Enterprises.
The GR allows for such transfer if a retirement deed is submitted but both concerns cannot use this stake simultaneously.
But, in this case, while bidding for projects, FA Constructions is using 100% share of work done and financial turnover and FA Enterprises 80% share of same credentials. “It’s not permissible,” admitted a KIDC official, requesting anonymity.
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Bt.cotton failure : Seven Vidarbha Farmers suicides in last 72 hours due to Crop Damage and Toxic Pesticide claims 28 Farm Workers in this month in Yavatmal alone


Bt.cotton failure : Seven Vidarbha Farmers suicides in last 72 hours due to Crop Damage and Toxic Pesticide claims 28 Farm Workers  in this month in Yavatmal alone

Nagpur -30th September 2012

When Bt.cotton seed companies are painting rosy picture of changing vidarbha cotton farmers economy, claiming bumper crop in some of section of media   same time in last 72 hours seven more vidarbha farmers killed themselves due to Bt.cotton damages after massive pest attack ruined crop even after cotton farmers did more than 4 to 5 spray of very toxic pesticide resulting in more than 28 farm labourers death in last 30 days in most effected Yavatmal district alone due to unscrupulous and unprotected handling of pesticides as per media reports where as administration confirmed these farm labors death due to unknown reason of food poisoning and also admitting that more than 150 farm labors involved in toxic spray handling fallen ill and reported in Govt. run hospitals this month exposing pathetic scenario of dying vidarbha which is under agrarian crisis since 2005 and distressed and despair due to frequent Bt.cotton crop failure  resulting the massive debt has been sighted as main reason of this mass genocide of innocent vidarbha farmers.
With the deaths of these seven farmers, the toll has risen to 59 this month alone while the figure was 48 last month.  As many as 565 farmers have killed themselves in the region because of agrarian crisis since January this year while the figure was 918 last year, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti ,farmer’s  pressure group  working for rights of dying cotton farmers informed in press release today .

The recent victims include father and son from village Kopari in Buldhana identified as 

1.Baliram Wagh of Kopari in Buldhana
2.Shivaji Wagh of Kopari in Buldhana

Others are

3.Rama Kharat of Giroli in Buldhana.
4.Prakash Jadhav of Koregoan in Buldhana
5.Sunil Choudhary of Karanja inwashim
6.Yashvant Chavan of Sultanpur In Amaravati .
7.Shankar Mudalkar of Yari in Yavatmal

The National Human Rights Commission has already served a notice to the state government for the suicide by seven farmers in three days in the region last week because of agrarian crisis. The NHRC served notice on a petition filed by Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti.

The NHRC asked the state chief secretary to file a report in six weeks after taking note of the media reports claiming that seven farmers committed suicide in three days last week in the region. The NHRC said that if the report was true, it raised a "serious issue" of rights violation of farmers, Tiwari said.

FARMER SUICIDES IN VIDARBHA REGION --
YEARWISE
2001: 52
2002: 104
2003: 148
2004: 447
2005: 445
2006: 1,448
2007: 1,246
2008: 1,268
2009: 916
2010: 748
2011: 918
2012 (September 28): 565

 

This year initially rain delayed forced farmers for re-sowing then heavy rain and flood has made life of rural vidarbha  miserable resulting in very heavy damages to Bt.cotton crop ,now this months attack of  pest and mealy bug has further damaged the crop  forcing farmers to go for uncontrolled pesticides spray resulting as per media report that 28 workers have died in a span of 30 days due to poisoning due to pesticides. While over 150 persons have fallen victim of the poisoning in the district since August last and it reported that these .Farm labourers, most of them illiterate, are unaware of the health hazards due to unprotected handling of these chemicals. They prepare the pesticide mixture with bare hands before spraying it on the crop. They seldom use masks or gloves and accidentally consume these hazardous chemicals while eating or drinking. However, the effect is not immediate and symptoms appear after a few days. These labourers then approach nearby public health centre from where they are referred to government hospitals or private nursing homes in the Yavatmal   city. In many cases, patients have died even before getting proper medical treatment. Reports of deaths due to poisoning are more from the private hospitals. It is pertinent to note that the Govt. of Kerala has even banned the use of most poisonous pesticides like 'Endosalfan' as its use has rendered many innocent permanently disabled or even lost their lives in the past but in vidarbha very toxic internationally banned pesticides are being used openly with Govt. consent, Tiwari added.

‘In Maharashtra Political Parties in power and opposition are raising issue of massive irrigation scam and FDI as a concern for the dying debt trapped farmers but at ground level none of these parties and administration are getting time to look at pathetic condition and reason despair that is killing farmer community and to provide healing touch of food security, crop damage compensation, health facility, sustainable environment friendly agriculture practices and  debt relief measures and rural economic and social system restoration which is need of hour’ Tiwari said .




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Friday, 28 September 2012

Cotton farm leader derides Maharashtra Textile Policy-fibre2fashion.com

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Cotton farm leader derides Maharashtra Textile Policy
September 29, 2012 - India
 

“The benefits of the Maharashtra Textile Policy will not benefit the cotton farming community in the state”, so said a leader of a Maharashtra farmers organisation.
It may be recalled that the Maharashtra government had recently announced a Textile Policy to ensure that cotton grown in the state is processed in the state itself, in order to abet the rising stem of cotton farmer’s suicides.
Speaking exclusively to fibre2fashion, Mr Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) said, “While welcoming the Textile Policy which will help generate employment in rural areas, the benefits of the policy will not reach cotton farmers, for whom the policy was actually formulated”.    
He adds, “Value-addition of cotton is a good idea. However, the benefits will not touch cotton farmers as even under the current circumstances, they do not have problems in selling cotton, whether to domestic buyers or to those exporting from India”.
“The benefits of value-addition achieved by converting cotton to yarn, fabrics and finally apparel will not percolate to the cotton farmers. It will stay with the industrialists who have set up the textile units.
“In order that cotton farmers gain from the Textile Policy, ownership for the cotton farmers has to be created in the units coming up under the Textile Policy. Otherwise, only those who set up units will get benefit of incentives announced in the policy.
“Ownership can be created by setting up cooperatives mills. However, nearly all the cooperatives textile mills set up in Maharashtra have folded up due to mismanagement”, he wound up by saying.
The Maharashtra Textile Minister had recently organised a road show in the neighbouring state of Gujarat to showcase its Textile Policy and attract investments into the state from entrepreneurs of Gujarat. 
Speaking about the government policy on cotton exports, Mr Tiwari, explains, “The government should not do a flip-flop on cotton exports policy. I urge the government to keep cotton under open general license and not buckle under pressure from textile mills”
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Why all Mega Scams ‘Watergate –Coalgate and Powergate’ are showing finger toward BJP National President Nitin Gadkari


Why all Mega Scams ‘Watergate –Coalgate and Powergate’ are showing finger toward  BJP National President Nitin Gadkari

NAGPUR- September 29, 2012

All mega scam which are rocking the Indian politics and putting question mark on UPA Govt.’s Mr. Clean PM is giving sleepless  nights to  BJP National President Nitin Gadkari  as his name is figured in all scams v.i.z,  ‘Watergate –Coalgate and Powergate’ at the time when BJP wants to give him second term by amending it’s constitution hence one has to look in the truth of these allegations as these scams are amounting to tune of Rs.5 lacs crore ,a shocking figure may go beyond that hence there should be very serious debate on whole issue in civil society .
BJP workers are attacking India Against Corruption (IAC) member Anjali Damania, who has exposed irregularities in irrigation projects with the help of the Right to Information Act, after she gave complete account of meeting with BJP president Nitin Gadkari at his residence in Worli, Mumbai, on August 14. She was shocked by BJP president Nitin Gadkari response that he had business dealings with NCP leaders hence he can not help her but they should known the ground reality which much more hostile and pathetic for the national party whose President is sharing power with corrupt UPA parties since 1999 and it is reflected in accumulation of amazing wealth and shocking business relation with mafia contractors and  key players being figured in ‘Watergate –Coalgate and Powergate’ scams ,there are other leaders in BJP and NDA who are running business empire but not named in these scams hence to say these allegation against BJP president Nitin Gadkari are politically motivated are very easily advocated for the political debate on TV channels but in reality one has to think BJP president Nitin Gadkari and his family members recent growths and stake in companies involved in power projects, coal blocks ,ethanol blending cartel ,sugar factories, road contracts and massive investment  out side India .

Those who knows style of working of BJP president Nitin Gadkari  are not surprised with recent revelation of India Against Corruption (IAC) member Anjali Damania as she is not aware of  business interest and close loop cartelization with  CONG-NCP leaders where it is road contract under MSRDC - NHAI  or allotment coal or mining blocks  at centre or states more over sanctions of finance and NOC for power projects  there is  prefect operational MOU  which has made these all scams being taken place so smoothly even those who are raising voice against these mega scams are being targeted selectively and  there is no  serious follow up at the floor of house more over it is matter of shame for all RSS-BJP national leadership who are knowing  truth but keeping mum with any resistance inside party.
One  can understand that media management of BJP National President Nitin Gadkari   but civil society is shocked over the role of National Executive of BJP when all main  accused in these  ‘Watergate –Coalgate and Powergate’ are being sent as law makers with support of BJP to upper house of parliament and Maharashtra legislative council then  it give serious signals to existence democratic set up of this country if we allow the culture floated by BJP president Nitin Gadkari is continued then there will complete economic and social system collapse .
It has been fashion of BJP president Nitin Gadkari to give legal notice and arrange it’s maximum publicity then put the mechanism to settle the or salient the voice of activist which will happen with Anjali Damania but there are many questions for the BJP president Nitin Gadkari regarding his business links with Manish Mehta, Ajay Sancheti ,Avinash Bhosale  so on as list is  too large to find space in Tihar jail register but all are black-listed  in some or other  illegal allotment mine or block  ,fraudulent documentations to get  multi million contract or finance or associated with cartelization to loot national exchanger  or create Toll Raj in India. The existing ‘Watergate –Coalgate and Powergate’   and illuminate all misdeeds  is right chance  for all political parties to correct their leadership other wise they should be ready to face revolution in near future as young generation who are not too innocent to understand these organized massive corruption depriving bread of poor and forcing thousands of farmers to kill themselves hence this warning.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Prosecute Ajit Pawar & Sunil Tatkare, demand Vidarbha activists-DNA


Prosecute Ajit Pawar & Sunil Tatkare, demand Vidarbha activists

DNA / Yogesh Pawar / Friday, September 28, 2012 9:00 IST

URL of the article: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_prosecute-ajit-pawar-and-sunil-tatkare-demand-vidarbha-activists_1746245-all

Farmers’ advocacy groups in Vidarbha allege that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Ajit Pawar, who resigned as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra on Tuesday, and water resources minister Sunil Tatkare are responsible for a lot more than the multi-crore irrigation scam.
“Their hands are soaked with the blood of over 7,000 of the 9,000 farmers who committed suicide due to crop failure,” claimed Kishore Tiwari of the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti.
On July 1, 2006, prime minister Manmohan Singh had announced a special Rs3,750 crore relief package for Vidarbha, during a visit to Nagpur. Of this amount, Rs2,800 crore was to be used to improve irrigation facilities in the region, as acute water scarcity had increased the farmers’ distress.
“Wonder where all that money and the Rs30,000 crore given additionally for irrigation went, as irrigation facilities today are not any better than they were in 2006,” said activist Mohan Jadhav.
The neglect of development of irrigation facilities in Vidarbha has been a regular issue of debate, with the blame being put on western Maharashtra politicians who have controlled the state irrigation department.
Notwithstanding, the latest scam over irrigation projects in the period that Ajit Pawar was irrigation minister between 1999 and 2009, as also ex-officio chairman of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation, and Tatkare as minister for water resources, is massive.
“Nothing less than the criminal prosecution of Pawar and Tatkare will give a sense of some justice to the families of those farmers who ended their lives. Now that the PM is showing some sign of activity, it is to be seen whether he will push for such prosecution.”
“The estimated cost for 38 irrigation schemes increased from Rs6672.27 crore to Rs26,722.23 crore in a single year and a majority of the approvals were given within a span of just three months, between June and August, and only a couple of months before the state elections,” said Tiwari.
“The ministers went out of their way to favour a group of contractors, including BJP Rajya Sabha member Ajay Sancheti. Sancheti is a close aide of a top BJP leader who has a major stake in the irrigation business and is also said to be close to Pawar.”
Some contractors, among them Sancheti, Avinash Bhosle of Pune (who has also been named in the CIDCO land scam) and Yavatmal MLC Sandip Bajoria and MLC Mitesh Bangadiya, in fact were among a select few who got a mobilisation advance, even though there was no such provision in the original tender document.
Activist Jadhav said: “If money was indeed given towards irrigation projects, debt-trapped Vidarbha farmers would have benefited from it and we may not have had the number of suicides by farmers. This is why we believe that this siphoning off of money is nothing short of large-scale murder and criminal action must be initiated against the ministers.”
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Irrigation scam: Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare responsible for 7116 Vidarbha farmers suicides after scams..


Irrigation scam: Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare responsible for 7116 Vidarbha farmers suicides after Packages.

NAGPUR: 26 September 2012

When Prime Minister Dr.Man Mohansingh declared Rs.3750 crore on 1st July 2006 at Nagpur a special vidarbha relief package in which he e more than Rs.2800 crore for increasing irrigation facility in order to stop on going farmer suicides promising more fund flow for completing all pending irrigation projects of vidarbha ,it was never thought that even Rs.30,000 crore given for irrigation project will be siphoned out and condition as per irrigation facilities are concerned are more worst in 2012 than 2006 ,thanks to the super power minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare resulting more than 7116 vidrabha farmers suicides after July 2006  which case of mass genocide of vidarbha farmers inviting criminal prosecution of Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare ,alleged Vidarbha farmers pressure group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti  president Kishore Tiwari urging the Indian prime minister to initiate the action .

‘In fact irrigation Vidarbha for years suffered neglect under irrigation department run by western Maharashtra politicians but irrigation scam of  state's deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who was state's irrigation minister from 1999 to 2009 and also ex-officio chairman of VIDC and then Sunil Tatkare  is massive one as  38 ongoing irrigation schemes by increasing their estimated costs by over four times to Rs 26,722.23 crore from the original Rs 6672.27 crore. This happened in a single year - 2009 - with a majority of approvals given in three months, between June and August, just a couple of months before the state elections by goping  out of the way to favour a group of contractors that included Rajya Sabha member from BJP Ajay Sancheti. Known to be a close aide of BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Sancheti who has a major stake in irrigation business is reported to be also close to Pawar. A group of contractors including Sancheti, Avinash Bhosle of Pune who was named in CIDCO land scam and Yavatmal MLC Sandip Bajoria ,MLC Mitesh Bangadiya, a contractor are among the chosen few to have got mobilization advance even though there was no such clause in original tender document. It is highly shocking how senior BJP leader and close aide of Nitin Gadkari  BJP MP Ajay Sancheti circumvented the rules to bag contracts hence we demand criminal action against all are involved in this irrigation scam amounting more tha Rs.30,000 crore’ Kishore Tiwari  added.

‘if money given for these irrigation project ,debt trapped and distressed vidarbha farmer would have been benefited and farmer suicides would have been stopped but all money to increase irrigation facility has taken away by these minister who are the killer of these vidarbha farmers hence criminal action against these ministers and contractors is must’ Tiwari added .

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

5 more farm suicides in Vidarbha in last 48 hours-Hindustan Times

5 more farm suicides in Vidarbha in last 48 hours-Hindustan Times

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Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times
Nagpur, September 25, 2012
Another season of nature’s vagaries, another season of failed crops and the continued spate of distressed farmers ending life — that’s what Vidarbha’s killing fields have come to be known as. Five more farmers committed suicide in the last 48 hours in the region.


According to reports reaching here on Tuesday evening, among the victims, three were from Yavatmal, one of the worst-suicide prone districts in the region, while one each was from Amravati and Buldhana. They have been identified as Ravindra Harne (24) of Bhamb village, Ukanda Punjaji Dighade (53), Wadad, Deepak Pohurkar (32), Vidur (all Yavatmal district), Pundalik Dhote (52), Didora (Buldhana) and Dayaram Samadhan Lawhale (44) of Hingni village in Amravati district.
Mohan Jadhav, a leader of farmers’ organization, claimed that all these five farmers ended lives as their entire crop, particularly raw cotton and soyabean failed because of delayed rains initially and later washing away of the re-sowing due to heavy downpour in the region.
Jadhav, who has been collecting the details of farmers’ suicides, said that the victims could not cope up with the heavy debt burden following loans borrowed from the local cooperative banks initially and later from the private money lenders for re-sowing. "They were depressed and worried as costly seeds were lost and killed themselves out of frustration," he said.
Yavatmal district collector Ashwin Mudgal admitted that he received the information of three farmers deaths in the district. "I have sent my tahsildar to the concerned villages and asked him to submit the report within two days," he added.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, a farmers’ pressure group, said that the situation in rural Vidarbha is very volatile because of crop failure in the wake of delayed rains and subsequent heavy rains that washed away the crops.
Farmers realized that they would not be able to repay crop loans borrowed from financial institutions because of crop failure and would be treated as defaulters by the banks which would prevent them for fresh loans next season. "Now it is time for the government to instill confidence among the farmers that it stands by them in times of crisis," he urged and demanded a special package for the farmers of Vidarbha.
The National Human Rights Commission has already served a notice to the state government for the suicide by seven farmers in three days in the region last week because of agrarian crisis. The NHRC served notice on a petition filed by Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti.
The NHRC asked the state chief secretary to file a report in six weeks after taking note of the media reports claiming that seven farmers committed suicide in three days last week in the region. The NHRC said that if the report was true, it raised a "serious issue" of rights violation of farmers.
With the deaths of these five farmers, the toll has risen to 52 this month alone while the figure was 48 last month.  As many as 546 farmers have killed themselves in the region because of agrarian crisis since January this year while the figure was 918 last year.
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Cotton farmers protest against FDI in retail-TIMES OF INDIA


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Cotton farmers protest against FDI in retail


A section of cotton growers in Eastern Maharashtra's Vidarbha region joined the protest against the government's reform of allowing 51% foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. Their protest was organized by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) in two villages, Hiwara and Moha.

Farmers who were part of the protests alleged that thousands of farmers had already committed suicides in the cotton growing region of Vidarbha due to the state's pro-multinational policies in agriculture.

VJAS leader, Kishore Tiwari said the latest reforms proposed by the Indian Government such as allowing 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail sector, along with the hike in diesel prices and subsidy cuts, would pave the way for MNCs to control the agrarian economy.

"We want national debate over FDI in retail. Mounting debt is already a huge problem for farmers here. Vidarbha is a perfect example that shows how allowing foreign investments in agriculture inputs allows MNCs to build monopolies, giving rise to unfair trade practices like cartelization," he said.

Tiwari alleged that over 9,000 farmers have committed suicide since 2005, when an American seed corporation that produced genetically modified Bt cotton seeds was allowed to do business in Vidarbha. Following continuous and strong opposition, the Maharashtra government ultimately agreed to ban Bt cotton in the region, but the decision came after several farmers lost their lives.
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Monday, 17 September 2012

Vidarbha farmers to join Bharat-bandh-SAKALTIMES

Vidarbha farmers to join Bharat-bandh
ST Correspondent
Monday, September 17, 2012 AT 11:03 AM (IST)
Tags: farmer,   farmers suicide,   FDI,   rally,   bandh,   FDI,   Vidarhba,   VJAS,   Maharashtra,   Mumbai
 http://www.sakaaltimes.com/20120917/5180428201732372850.htm
MUMBAI: Lakhs of farmers hit by agrarian crisis in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and widows of farmers who had committed suicide in the last 10 years, would join the nationwide bandh called by different political parties on September 20.
"We would block national highways passing through Vidarbha," said Kishor Tiwari, the founder of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a farmers' pressure group.
"Farmers have become innocent victims of wrong usage of technology by MNCs (Multi National Companies) and faulty policies of state resulting more than 9,000 farmers suicides ever since the American company, Monsanto was allowed in 2005 to take over cotton economy of the region," Tiwari alleged.
“Vidarbha is a classic example of flaws in allowing FDI in agriculture as MNCs have done massive investment in seed, fertilizers, pesticide and infrastructure and have created their monopoly.” Tiwari allege

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Vidarbha Farmers Join Nation-Wide Bandh on Sept 20 against Big Bang UPA Reforms



Vidarbha Farmers  Join  Nation-Wide Bandh on Sept 20 against Big Bang UPA Reforms

Nagpur - September 16, 2012

The more than 3 million agrarian crisis hit cotton farmers of west vidarbha alone with thousands of farm widows will join Nation-wide Bandh  called by the Confederation of on September 20, to protest against government's decision to operationalise 51 per cent foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail by road blockade on national highway passing vidarbha , Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti who is fighting the saving the dying cotton farmers of vidarbha region who are innocent victims of wrong technology on MNCs and faulty policies of state  resulting more than 9000 farmers suicides since 2005 after the American MNCs Monsanto  allowed to take over cotton economy of the region .

“Vidarbha is classic example of aalowing FDI in agriculture input like seed ,pesticide, fertilizer as MNCs having done massive investment in seed, pesticide and infrastructure have created their monopoly and involved in unfair trade practices and part cartel of Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour internationally hence their entry will fuel more despair and distress and aggravate agrarian crisis  in which  innocent farmers suicide @ 8 hourly since June 2005  and we have demanding the Indian agrarian economy should be protected from this round of liberalization which is against rural India ”Tiwari asked.

The big-bang reforms, the government on Friday allowed 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, 49% investment by foreign airlines in aviation sector and sale of equity in four PSUs along with hike in diesel price and reducing subsidies will further aggravate the  rural agrarian crisis  as this move will now allow multi nationals to take control of agrarian economy from village itself as having allowed MNCs to create vertical and horizontal monopoly in agriculture input like seed ,pesticide and fertilizer and controlling out put price by prevarication it on commodity exchanges has made vidarbha cotton farmers as slaves of these MNCs and fate of other India farmers will be same if this decision of opening FDI in retail is deeply established by  destroying  exiting village economy and protected fabrics  hence vidarbha farmers’ strongly oppose this move and demand the roll back of UPA Govt. most unfortunate decision, Tiwari said .

Friday, 14 September 2012

Big Bang UPA Reforms will Trigger Agrarian Crisis in India- Vidarbha Farmers



Big Bang UPA Reforms will Trigger Agrarian Crisis in India- Vidarbha Farmers  

Nagpur - September 15, 2012

The big-bang reforms, the government on Friday allowed 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, 49% investment by foreign airlines in aviation sector and sale of equity in four PSUs along with hike in diesel price and reducing subsidies will further aggravate the  rural agrarian crisis  as this move will now allow multi nationals to take control of agrarian economy from village itself as having allowed MNCs to create vertical and horizontal monopoly in agriculture input like seed ,pesticide and fertilizer and controlling out put price by prevarication it on commodity exchanges has made vidarbha cotton farmers as slaves of these MNCs and fate of other India farmers will be same if this decision of opening FDI in retail is deeply established by  destroying  exiting village economy and protected fabrics  hence vidarbha farmers’ strongly oppose this move and denad the roll back of UPA Govt. most unfortunate decision ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti who is fighting the saving the dying cotton farmers of vidarbha region who are innocent victims of wrong technology on MNCs and faulty policies of state  resulting more than 9000 farmers suicides since 2005 after the American MNCs Monsanto  allowed to take over cotton economy of the region .

“vidarbha is classic example of FDI in agriculture ,the has done massive investment in seed, pesticide and vedicides  but it was not for welfare and progress of poor cotton farmers of region as MNCs who promoted technology earned more than Rs.40,000 crore converting whole west vidarbha dying field for vidarbha cotton farmers’ as region is getting report one innocent farmers suicide @ 8 hourly since June 2005  due to massive debt ,distress and despair mostly  out of crop failure and open market and free trade exploitation hence we are convinced that allowing FDI in retain and in rural economy will harm interest of farmer more over it will trigger agrarian crisis in remaining part of India as no FDI is for charity and welfare of dying rural masses who are focused as mega consumer ocean for these already bankrupt companies hence this logical opposition should be viewed and agrarian economy should be protected from this round of liberalization as done in other emerging nations in the third world ”Tiwari asked.

“Vidarbha farmers will start protest from Monday if UPA Govt. failed roll-back both decision of FDI and hike diesel as this is last chance to save our nation from clutches of MNCs and to stop disaster ”Tiwari urged .

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Vidarbha Farmers welcome de-allocation of four vidarbha Coal-Blocks and Demands Land back to Farmers



Vidarbha Farmers welcome  de-allocation of four vidarbha  Coal-Blocks and Demands Land back to Farmers  

Nagpur -13th September 2012

Vidarbha farmers welcome The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG)  decision of  de-allocation of four vidarbha  mines located in agrarian crisis hit region allotted to private firms .thousands on hector of land was acquired in throw away price  by giving job promises to farmers but it was eye wash hence now as coal of Marki-Mangli and chinora –warora has been de-allocated the land acquired for the purpose should be restored to original farmers   who are  now landless and facing starvation , informed Kishore Tiwari president of farmer’s advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti  working for right of the dying farmers of vidarbha region.

 ‘The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG)  has taken decision too late to control damage when there was huge controversy broke out over the allocation of coal blocks after the recent CAG report that criticised the government for allotting them in a non-transparency ways and massive fraud was unearthed hence now as allocation was illegal then all action taken threinafter are also illegal hence when demand return of land to original farmers with out delay”Tiwari added.
It is utmost necessary to draw attention of the media to another aspect of COALGATE which is the hoarding of land. Hence we call the scandal not coalgate but COAL-LAND-GATE. The modus operandi used by coal scammers is as follows.Coal mines are land intensive projects, much more land intensive than a normal industry. To grab the land these coal mafias  initiated land acquisition process through government under Land Acquisition Act. Often giving unrealistic estimate of  land required for starting a coal mine which they were never going to start. In the process they made hundreds and thousands poor farmers landless. Often  paid the remuneration in installments over a long period of time. Land acquisition packages often contain the condition of employing at least one person from each of affected families.

Even after decision of The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG)  of de-allocation these mines in vidarbha the next list of CBI FIR against Coalgate companies of Nagpur is missing names who have sold off millions of tons of coal in open market and coalmines allocated to them for captive plant at windfall profits and the truth behind these thousands of crore profit is more shocking and disturbing as Modus operandi of these businessmen is still untold . Vidarbha Farmers who lost thousands of hector land in agrarian crisis hit region at throw away price demanded immediate action against kingpin  Govind Daga and his associates  Mohan Agrawal , Ashok Daga, Nandkishore Sarda others  prominent businessman from the region, who were the real beneficiaries of a flawed policy of the ministry of coal. They further tweaked the flawed policy to their benefit in collusion with power that be. Companies floated by them were allotted coal blocks for captive use during NDA regime, some of whom have traded in coal blocks that were allotted free and made hundreds of crores and splurged on luxuries but still there is no action against them. The delay in CBI FIR against Govind Daga and his associates who first bagged a lot of coal blocks ostensibly to set up steel and power projects, only to sell them and laugh all the way to the bank with scores of crores is shocking and seems to be stage managed, informed Kishore Tiwari .

It is alleged that CBI is protecting them as officials in PMO and Ministers in Maharashtra Govt. are directly involved and rules were flouted to regularise the sin   committed by   by Govind Daga and his associates of Nagpur as this is much bigger scam of captive mine than the one in which  Jindal Power was involved. Jindal Power manged to get coal mine without any limit on selling rate of the end product ‘power’ and made thousands of crores but Govind Daga went a step further as he managed to get condition of captive use itself waived and sold coal to outside parties through his company Central Collieries Co Ltd. Govind Daga sold lacs of tones of coal in open market without proper documents through a sole selling agent Nair Sons. 

Even the Balance Sheet filed with ROC shows sale of coal even when there was no end use utilization plan. Sources tell that amount shown in Balance Sheet was only a tip of ice berg. Question would arise why Govind Daga showed blatantly illegal sale of money in Balance Sheet. It looks it was done to repay the installments of SBI Loan and return the amount of loan obtained from sister concern Central Cables Ltd. Even the Central Govt. accused Govind Daga  of selling coal illegally in collusion with state Govt officials, Tiwari alleged.
CBI is keeping blind eye over issue as coal mines cannot be allocated to private operators but for captive use for production of  specified end products whereas here is gross violation as Govind Daga managed to get done just that for their company Central Collieries Co ltd through state Govt wide their letter dated  15.10.99. Through that letter State Govt waived the condition of captive use. Under law State Govt has no such power whatsoever. It is learnt that Dagas have been allocated at least six captive blocks through various proxies since 98. None of them ever became operational as far as end use is concerned. It is reliably learnt that Govind Daga and his associates managed hoard coal mines without ever going into power generation by getting certificate from State Govt that their was no demand of power in Maharashtra when there was power crisis in Maharashtra at it’s pick .without  putting any industry Govind Daga and his associates of Nagpur have managed to sell one block for a consideration of more than 600 crores wherein they have invested a total sum of Rs 5 crores. Windfall gains of 12000% , Even coal mafias of Dhanbad would be ashamed.It is reliably learnt that Coal India through WCL wrote to coal ministry for allotment of these coal blocks but their claim was brushed aside as these private players without any net worth and no track record were to be favored. That is reason why CBI action is delayed, Tiwari asked..

Govind Daga runs a small company in Nagpur called Central Cables Ltd which had a turnover of 20 to 50 crores from time to time. The company is sick and almost closed now. Govind Daga funded their ventures from the coffers of this company in contravention of section 370 of Companies Act. It is reliably learnt that though the year end Balance sheets showed advances to group companies within legal limits but those limits had been breached for periods between Balance Sheet dates. In short Balance Sheets were window dressed. ROC has been keeping mum over issue even after number of complaints. It is serious issue because Central Cables Ltd is a public limited company and public holds share in that company and they never got benefited from allocation of coal mines to Govind Daga, Tiwari added..

Even bigger surprise is that how Govind Daga managed to get his venture Central Collieries Co Ltd financed from State Bank despite violation of condition of captive use. It is reliably learnt that SBI officials were brutally politically pressurized for that.Maharashtra Govt. was actively involved in land acquisition and farmers were given very low price and they were given false job promise too but neither  ruling or opposition parties objected to the misdeed. It is also reported that   Govind  Daga  has been taking legal advise from senior minister of UPA Govt. Kapil Sibal then as advocate  to sell coal in open market allotted for captive plant hence CBI is shielding   Govind Daga and company hence on behalf of landless farmers, we demand thorough investigation and restoration of land and compensation for lost years, Tiwari urged..