Sunday, 30 December 2012

Home Minister to Grant statehood to Vidarbha along with Telangana


Activist urged Home Minister  to Grant statehood to Vidarbha along with Telangana

Nagpur-31st December 2012
Recent announcement of union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde  that final call on long pending  of separate state of Telangana will be taken within one month ,activist I n vidarbha who are agitating since last more than two decades   urged him consider demand of separate Vidarbha , very backward region now known as farmer suicide of India having multiple complex problems of continuous neglects from rulers of Maharashtra who are representing western Maharashtra .Issues of agrarian crisis, tribal starvation ,massive unemployment ,lack irrigation  and industrialization coupled of growing Naxal activities has been grate concern of union Govt. all money to the tune of Rs.50,000 crore pumped recently has been siphoned by same politicians of western Maharashtra resulting more backlog and worsen the vidarbha crisis hence now it has been established that the existing set up Maharashtra Govt. there is no ray of hope for any relief to dying vidarbha farmers and tribal hence separate statehood is only option left  to resolve the crisis hence the demand of separate vidarbha  much more serious and valid than Telangana hence HM has been urged to give justice, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan samiti (VJSA) informed in press release today

Before 1960 vidarbha was never a part of Maharashtra. It belonged to a territory called Central Province during the time of British Raj. When Indian republican states were formed, Vidarbha initially belonged to Madhya Pradesh. However after the ‘Samyukta Maharashtra’ movement, it got embedded with Maharashtra.Vidarbha also has a link to mythology. Rukmani, Lord Krishna’s first wife was said to be the princess of Vidarbha. In recent past (300 years), Nagpur region of Vidarbha came under the Bhonsales, who were an off shoot of Peshvas and Raja Shivaji. Hindi was the official language of the dynasty then. Vidarbha has the rich history and excellent geography being misused as it holds two-thirds of Maharashtra’s mineral resources, three quarters of its forest resources and is a net producer of power till darkness gloom has over shadow region ,farmers are killing themselves where tribal are dying due to starvation and malnutrition ,Tiwari added.
Even vidarbha rich in minerals, coal, forests and mountains, has  always underdeveloped because of the continuous dominance of the political leaderships from the other parts of the state.

"Till date Rs 25,000 crore allocated by the governor for the express purpose of removal of developmental backlog of Vidarbha by powers vested in him under Article 371 have been illegally diverted for use in western Maharashtra and now  observation of  that Justice Fazal Ali Commission constituted for restructuring of states had not only recommended that vidarbha given status of a separate state but also expressed concern in the event of its merging with Marathi-speaking Maharashtra. "It cannot be said with certainty the rich natural resources of Vidarbha will be used for the development of the region," is proved correct hence this demand of separate state of vidarbha justified, Tiwari said.

"The water availability in Vidarbha is highest and so is its irrigation potential. But the infrastructure created till date to tap it is minimum and far less than in western Maharashtra. The irrigation backlog of 2.5 lakh hectares identified till the year 1994 was to be removed by 2006 as per the deadline fixed by the then governor. That was not achieved. The next deadline of 2010 has also passed without success. Now it is proposed to be done by 2016. But then what about the backlog accumulated after that: As per a 2009 report tabled in the legislature, the irrigation backlog has mounted to 11 lakh hectares. Can this target be ever achieved.The latest injustice is in form of large number of power plants being allowed to be set up in Vidarbha. "These plants will use water meant for irrigation and deny the facility to 7 lakh hectares of cultivable land," said Kimmatkar. "97% of the state mineral resources are located in Vidarbha. But processing industry could never come up here because the electricity charges are double of that provided in the neighbouring states," expert observed.

Ruling parties congress NCP has supported the demand of separate state of vidarbha  moreover BJP,MNS and all sections Republican parties even BSP have openly supported the vidarbha statehood demand and now after Balasaheb depart new leadership in Shivsena likely to rethink it stand over Vidarbha Statehood issue ,Tiwari  said.
Activists are meeting on 31st at  Ravi Bhavan Nagpur to restart agitation to create presse on union Govt. to grant statehood to vidarbha along with Telangana ,Tiwari added.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Maharashtra poor demand food security -IANS Reportsans

 Maharashtra poor demand food security

Nagpur, Dec 26 (IANS)
Thousands of poor people and tribals marched to the collector's office in Yavatmal district 
Wednesday to protest denial of food security to over 100,000 below poverty line (BPL) families, an activist said.
Tribals and poor people from Kelapur, Zari, Wani, Maregoan, Ralegoan and Ghatanji from Yavatmal district participated in the stir.
"All tribal and BPL families will oppose the proposed cash transfer scheme under PDS (Public Distribution System)," said Kishor Tiwari, president of farmer advocacy group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS).
"We will move the Bombay High Court if the administration fails to provide food security to all eligible families," he added.
Quoting a Supreme Court guideline and Public Distribution System (Control) Order, 2001, Tiwari said state governments are required to get lists of BPL and Antyodaya families reviewed every year and delete ineligible families and include eligible families.
"Even after these guidelines, the Maharashtra government is following its own survey, which was carried out in 2002, thereby denying food security to ove one lakh BPL families," he said.
Tiwari said that in Maharashtra, around five million BPL families identified by administration are denied food security.
The protesters submitted a memorandum with a complete list of tribal and BPL families to the district collector.
"We have also written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has promised action," Tiwari said.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

महाराष्ट्रात ५० लाखावर बीपीएल कार्डधारक अन्नापासुन वंचित -बीपीएल शिधा पत्रिका सर्व गरीबांना मिळाव्या या मागणीकरिता २६ डिसेंबरला पांढरकवडा येथे धरणे आदोलन


IDAY, JULY 13, 2012

महाराष्ट्रात ५० लाखावर बीपीएल कार्डधारक अन्नापासुन वंचित -बीपीएल शिधा पत्रिका सर्व गरीबांना मिळाव्या या मागणीकरिता २६ डिसेंबरला पांढरकवडा येथे धरणे  आदोलन  

-यवतमाळ, २२ डिसेंबर २०१२ 

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महाराष्ट्र सरकारने गरिबांना अन्न देण्याच्या योजनेचा संपूर्णपणे फज्जा केला असून २०१२ मध्ये २००२ च्या गरीबाची यादी प्रमाणे महाराष्ट्रात सर्व गरीबांना अंत्योदय योजना लागू करण्या आली असून नवीन २०१२ ग्रामसभेच्या गरीबाच्या यादीला कराची टोपली दाखविण्यात आली आहे यामुळे  राज्यात  ५० लाखावर पात्र गरीब अन्नापासून  वंचित आहेत व हा प्रकार भारत सरकारच्या अन्न नियंत्रण आदेश २००१ ची पायमल्ली असून भारताच्या  सर्वौच न्यायलयाच्या आदेशची  सुद्धा पायमल्ली आहे  व २०१२ च्या यादी प्रमाणे  सर्व गरिबाला अन्न द्या  या प्रमुख मागणी सर्व गरिबांना  बीपीएल शिधावाटपपत्रिका मिळाव्या या मागणीकरिता बुधवार २६ डिसेंबर पांढरकवडा तालुक्यातील हजारो आदिवासी तहसील कार्यालयासमोर अन्नाधिकार आंदोलन सुरू करतील अशी घोषणा विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचे नेते किशोर तिवारी यांनी यवतमाळ येथे आली आहे .
मागील दहा वर्षांपासून दारिद्रयरेषेखालील असणारया विभक्त झालेल्या आदिवासी, दलित व वंचित कुटुंबांना सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाच्या आदेशानंतरही पिवळ्या शिधावाटप पत्रिकेपासून महाराष्ट्रात ५० लाखावर तर एकट्या  यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यात १ लाख कुटुंब वंचित आहेत. न्यायमूर्ती वाधवा समितीने आपल्या यवतमाळ दौरयाच्यावेळी जिल्ह्यातील लोकसंख्येच्या प्रमाणात अन्नाच्या अधिकारापासून वंचित असलेल्या सुमारे ३० हजार कुटुंबांना शिधावाटप पत्रिका देण्याचे आदेश २४ महिने उलटूनही जिल्हाधिकारयांनी केराच्या टोपलीत टाकले आहेत.
देशात लाखो मेट्रीक टन गहू व तांदूळ सरकारी गोदामात सडत असल्यामुळे व ठेवण्यासाठी जागा नसल्यामुळे केंद्र सरकारने सर्व शिधावाटपधारकांना बीपीएलच्या दराने अन्न पुरवठा करण्याची घोषणा केली आहे. त्यासाठी राज्य सरकारने अन्नाची मागणी करावी अशी सूचनासुद्धा योजना आयोगाने  केली आहे. मात्र महाराष्ट्र सरकारने बीपीएलच्या शिधावाटप पत्रिका वाढविण्याऐवजी लाखो शिधावाटप धारकांना वगळण्याचा सपाटा सुरू केला आहे. यामुळे राज्यात ५० लाखांवर कुटुंब दारिद्रय रेषेच्याखाली असूनसुद्धा पिवळ्या शिधावाटप पत्रिकेपासून वंचित आहेत. यामध्ये यवतमाळ जिल्हा सर्वात आघाडीवर आहे. यवतमाळ जिल्ह्याच्या जिल्हाधिकारयांनी २००६ मध्ये उच्च न्यायालयात शपथपत्र देवून केंद्र सरकारच्या अन्न नियंत्रण कायदा २००१ प्रमाणे प्रत्येक वर्षी गरिबांची ओळख करुन शिधावाटप पत्रिका नव्याने देत असल्याचे शपथपत्र दिले आहे. मात्र मागील १ वर्षात शिधावाटपपत्रिका नसलेल्या गरीबांना नव्या पिवळ्या शिधावाटप पत्रिका देण्याची कोणतीही मोहीम जिल्हाधिकारी कार्यालयाने सुरू केलेली नाही. १९९७ पासून पिवळ्या शिधावाटप पत्रिका बीपीएल कुटुंबानासुद्धा देण्यात येत नसून विभक्त होणारया कुटुंबाना एपीएलच्या पांढरया शिधावाटपपत्रिका प्रचंड पाठपुराव्यानंतर देण्यात येत आहेत. सध्या यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यात सरकारचे बीपीएल कार्ड असणारे आणि बीपीएलच्या पिवळ्या शिधावाटपपत्रिका नसणारे एक लाखांवर कुटुंब आहेत. यासर्व बीपीएल कार्डधारकांना बीपीएलच्या दराने अन्न मिळावे यासाठी बुधवार २६ डिसेंबर पासून विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीतर्फे जनआंदोलन सुरू करण्याची घोषणा समितीचे अध्यक्ष किशोर तिवारी यांनी पत्रपरिषदेत केली.
यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यात नगर पालिका क्षेत्रात फक्त २० टक्के गरीबांनाच बीपीएल कार्ड असून यामधील फारच कमी लोकांजवळ पिवळ्या शिधावाटप पत्रिका आहेत. मागील १० वर्षांत सरकारने जास्तीत  जास्त गरीबांना अन्नापासून वंचित करण्याचे धोरण स्वीकारले आहे. नागरी पुरवठा विभागाने नव्या  पिवळ्या बीपीएल दराने अन्न देणारया शिधावाटप पत्रिका रोखले असून उच्च न्यायालयाच्या आदेशानंतरही हजारो कोलाम कुटुंब अंत्योदय योजनेपासुन वंचित आहेत.एकीकडे सरकार अन्नाचा साठा जास्त झाल्यामुळे गहू आणि तांदूळ पडेल त्या किंमतीत देशाबाहेर विकत आहे. उपासमारीला तोंड देत असलेल्या आदिवासी, दलित व नगदी पिकांची शेती करणारया कोरडवाहू शेतकरयांना अन्नापासून वंचित ठेवल्या जात आहे. विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीतर्फे आंदोलनाचा पहिला टप्पा म्हणून सर्व बीपीएल यादीतील गरीबांकडून बीपीएल शिधावाटपपत्रिका मिळावी यासाठी अन्न नियंत्रण कायदा २००१ च्या नियमाप्रमाणे अर्ज भरुन घेण्यात येईल. सर्व अर्ज प्रत्यक्ष पडताळणी करून त्यांच्या याद्या तयार करून प्रत्येक तालुक्यांसमोर अन्नाच्या आग्रहाचे सत्याग्रह करून तहसीलदारांना देण्यात येईल. जर येत्या ३० जानेवारी २०१३ पर्यंत नवीन पिवळ्या शिधावाटपपत्रिका देण्यासाठी आग्रह धरण्यात येणार आहे. जर सरकारने या सर्व अर्जांना केराची टोपली दाखविली तर ३० जानेवारीला हा  अन्नाचा लढा जिल्हाधिकारी कार्यालयावर रेटण्यात येईल, अशी घोषणा समितीचे नेते मोहन जाधव, सुरेश बोलेनवार, अंकित नैताम मोरेश्वर वातीले, भीमराव  नैताम यांनी केली आहे

Thursday, 13 December 2012

VJAS urged Maharashtra Governor for Smooth Business in Nagpur Winter Session to Vidarbha Crisis


Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti
11, Trisaran Nagar, Khamala,Nagpur-440025
========================================================================Ref-mockery of Nagpur session-2012                                                                   Dated-13-12-2012

To,
Hon,ble His Excellency Governor
Shri K. Sankaranarayanan
Governor of Maharashtra
Rajbhavan,Mumbai
Camp-Sadar-Nagpur

Ref- Serious crisis of vidarbha farmers’ suicides and Tribal Malnutrition
Sub- Non-functioing of both legislative houses in winter session of Nagpur

Respected sir,
We are activist group working for rights of dying vidarbha farmers and tribal since 1997 we have moved High-court, NHRC,MHRC and your Excellency number times to stop on going farmers suicides and starvation of tribal of region ,the issue of mega economic backlog coupled with  on going agrarian crisis has given larger importance Nagpur session of Maharashtra legislative houses which has been non-functional  as first four   days of legislative council have been adjourned hence we are forced to write you for your kind intervention and ask legislators to discuss serious issues of vidarbha  and force the Govt. to announce bailout package for distressed farmers and food starved tribal.

It has been noticed that the first four days of the winter session of the Maharashtra legislature have been wasted in verbal fights, gheraos and adjournments over trivial matters, and it is alleged that legislators are only enjoying parties in clubs and resorts which just rubbing the salt to dying people of vidarbha. when rural vidarbha is getting less than 8 hours of power supply and forced to live in the dark same time mega lighting and mark celebrations in Nagpur is just mockery of winter session this is just adding fuel to main demand of people to give separate statehood to vidarbha if Maharashtra Govt. and main opposition has no time to even discuss the core issue of the vidarbha crisis hence this humble appeal. 

We have seen that many legislators were are seen in parties thrown in the name of birthdays, anniversaries or facilitations. They are ignoring serious issues related to farmers and tribal  Even the opposition does not seem to be interested in taking up such issues and there are every reason to believe that the present on going adjournments of both houses are stage managed show and all political parties are involved directly or indirectly hence your intervention is needed as under provision of article 371-372  of Indian constitution Hon,ble Excellency Governor is empowered to emove the backlog and give justice vidarbha .

The present scenario has made basic motive behind making Nagpur is the second capital of Maharashtra and  winter sessions of the state legislature are held here to fulfill Nagpur Agreement at time merger with Maharashtra as ridiculous and as the winter session is held here so that core issues of Vidarbha can be discussed but all parties are making a mockery of the problems faced by farmers ,we demand that vidarbha should be given separate statehood.

We understand that the issue of misuse fund and corruption in relief packages is being blown out of proportion to get media attention which already under investigation  but we failed understand that why is the assembly not discussing other important issues like food security and health and educational help to victims of agrarian crisis.

The very serious issue before the more than 5 million cotton growers  about Bt Cotton crop failure in more than four million hectares of land has reduced cotton yield from 3.5 million quintals to 2.2 million quintals and as per the report sent by the state agricultural department to the centre states that the estimate of the net direct economic loss to cotton farmers in the state will be nearly Rs.6,000 crore, whereas accumulated losses are likely to cross more than Rs.20,000 crore due to a steep rise in cultivation costs but this serious issue is not finding the place in any house of legislator in Maharashtra which is much more irritating and shameful.
Prayer

Hon,ble His Excellency Governor of Maharashtra is kindly requested to intervene in the on going blockade in winter session and asked to Maharashtra govt. to give bail out package including food security ,free health care and  a compensation of Rs.20,000 per hectare and fresh crop loans for every farmer for the ensuing agriculture season hence this prayer

Yours faithfully,

Kishore Tiwari
PRESIDENT
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti

c.c. to
Hon. President of India
NEWDELHI-1100011

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Too Many Power Plants Harmful for Vidarbha-Ravi Rana-TIMES OF INDIA



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Too many power plants harmful for Vidarbha


(Ravi Rana is the Independent MLA from Badnera)


FIVE ISSUES THAT RAVI RANA WANTS TO BE DISCUSSED

*The progress of irrigation projects in the region is appalling. The region is starved of irrigation and hence the farmers are poor. Unless they get water round the year they won't be able to break the cycle of poverty. About 90% funds have been sanctioned for many dams but there is little progress.

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Too many power plants are being set up in Vidarbha. Water reserved for agriculture is being diverted in large scale. It will further worsen the agrarian crisis. The power plants will also pollute the region's environment.

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Farmers need to be compensated for the damage to orange, cotton and soyabean crops due to excess rainfall. Unless they are given compensation, many small farmers will find it hard to make two ends meet.

**** Amravati Municipal Corporation (AMC) has steeply increased the local body tax (LBT). It is on par with that of Pune and Aurangabad municipal corporations, where people are more affluent. It has imposed a heavy burden on common people of Amravati. It will affect the economy of the city too.

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**** Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) is apathetic towards developing Belora (Amravati) airport. This is affecting the economy of the city. An airport is a must for an emerging growth centre.


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The most pressing issue for Vidarbha in the coming winter session is the large number of pending irrigation projects. The region has very little irrigation facilities and consequently the farmers are poor. The region has one of the highest incidences of farmers' suicide in the country.


All the experts who have visited the region have unanimously stated that the irrigation capacity needs to be improved in order to release the farmers from the cycle of poverty. This fact was acknowledged by the central government after Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's visit in 2005. However, in these seven years the region has not witnessed much progress in the irrigation sector, which is shocking.



In our Amravati district, government had sanctioned 90% cost of many projects but only 10% to 30% work has been done. This is alarming and bodes ill for the farmers. When will these projects be completed? How long will they have to wait? I will raise this issue on priority basis.



On one hand the government is not developing irrigation capacity, while on the other it is diverting water meant for farmers to power plants. Too many power plants are coming up in Vidarbha and this will cause further depletion of whatever water is available for farmers. The Indiabulls powerplant at Nandgaonpeth has robbed thousands of farmers of water and wreaked havoc in their lives. In spite of strong opposition from farmers and many public representatives the government allocated the plant water from Upper Wardha dam.



The power plants will also pollute air and soil causing illness among humans and animals. The productivity of land will go down. Nobody will compensate us for this. Why should all power plants come up in Vidarbha? The region is already power surplus. Power plants should be set up in areas where it is needed. Why should the people of Vidarbha be made to pay for the progress of other regions?



There are a lot of issues pertaining to rehabilitation of project affected persons (PAPs). Many have not been provided proper compensation since years. Many farmers have been displaced due to irrigation projects. These farmers have lost their land and others still do not have any water. If government continues to acquire land without proper rehabilitation it will create unrest.



Excess rainfall in Amravati and some other districts of Vidarbha damaged cotton, soyabean and orange crops. In some areas paddy too was affected. In many areas pests have destroyed cotton plants. The farmers need to be compensated for the damage. The compensation amount should be given on time so that they do not face financial problems. Farmers should get all possible help from the government so that they harvest a good rabi crop.



Amravati is now an emerging destination and needs an airport. Air connectivity will give a fillip to the economy of the city. However, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) is taking its own time to develop the airport at Belora. The airport will not help Amravati's economy but that of the entire district.



Another big problem that's afflicting the city is the steep hike in local body tax (LBT) levied by Amravati Municipal Corporation ( AMC). When state government abolished octroi, people heaved a sigh of relief but now LBT has been hiked so much that we do not feel the relief anymore. The hike in LBT is as high as in Pune and Aurangabad. LBT should be levied depending on the size of the city and the paying capacity of its residents. Obviously the average paying capacity of a Pune resident is far higher than his counterpart in Amravati.


(Ravi Rana is the Independent MLA from Badnera)