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 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), Central
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.