Friday, July 24, 2009

Maharashtra Governor SC Jamir's visit to dying field of Vidarbha :VJAS urged Jamir to Provide Integrated Development Plan to remove back log of Vidarbha.

Nagpur- July 24, 2009

Maharashtra Governor SC Jamir today visited pandharkawada ,place known as dying field due on going cotton farmers suicides due to agrarian crisis and starvation death of kolam tribals .Delegation of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) has desicussed the problems of west vidarbha and submitted the memorandum detailing the hardships of vidarbha and urged Maharashtra Governor SC Jamir and quote -


Shri SC Jamir ,

Hon,ble Governor ,

Govt. Of Mahrashtra


Ref-Problems of vidarbha need urgent attention for integrated development of region.

Most respected sir,

Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a committee fighting for the justice to poor citizens, Tribals and Dalits. The samiti has successfully persuaded the cause of Malnutrition and the serious issue of Starvation deaths of tribals which rocked the Yavatmal District in the year 2003,we are internationally known advocacy group fighting for right of cotton farmers and raising voice against toxic food promoted through GM seeds in India. We have been raising issue of unwed mother and plights of vidarbha farm widows .we want to drow your attention to following systematic failure of vidarbha leading to agrarian crisis and has made pathetic condition of vidarbha region.the major area we want to draw your attention v.i.z.

1.Complete failure of NREGA(maharashtra rajya EGS)

Even maharshtra is pioneering state to introduce rural employment guarantee scheme ,the response and performance of NREGA is under big scanner as work offered to villagers they are not willing to work hence man days made available in last years are speaking the successes of this scheme it needs urgent modification to have rural masses involvement ,you are kindly requested to appoint stake holders committee to suggest proper modification

2.Failure and poor implementation of NRHM (National Rural Health Mission).

The present staff and services available speaks regarding complete failure of NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) in vidarbha as health services from top to bottom are too poor to explain .we are ready to show you the pathetic condition of health services that needs critical intensive care as it is virtually on ventilation. All provisions of expert to super specialty are on paper as there is no 24+7 doctor in any PHC ,state has failed to provide qualified staff nurse and pathologist in 90% of tribal health centers and rural hospitals .

3.Failure and poor implementation of NFSM(National Food Security Mission).

We are happy to inform you that all kolam tribal have already been covered under antyodaya scheme but other tribals are till not covered under antyodaya scheme hence please ask maharashtra to provide food security to every tribal family in vidarbha

4 Failure and poor implementation of INDIRA AWWAS YOJANA for tribals.

Till date more than 75% tribals have not been provided the shelter under Indiara Awwas Yojana hence to provide house to every tribal family in vidarbha

5.Failure and poor implementation of ICDS in tribal belt of vidarbha .

presently the ICDS is being implemented by state on temporary basis hence anagwadi and balwadi staff is not paid proper salary ,the mid day meal through SHG has been failed hence urgent review is need of ICDS in tribal part .

6.Failure and poor implementation of Prime Minister Farmer Relief Package in west vidarbha.

Presently relief package given by prime minister of India in order to tackle agrarian crisis and to stop farmers suicide is not been implemented properly due to massive corruption high level committee report on failure of relief package is pending with maharashtra govt. please arrange to review the report and order C.B.I. probe in to irregularities in farmers relief packages.

7.Failure and poor implementation of farmer loan waiver relief due to poor response from nationalized banks.

All loan waiver provided by central and state Govt. failed to bring out debt trap of farmers from exploitation of private money lenders hence agriculture credit review after loan waiver is must and state should provide regulator for farm credit to every cultivator .

8. Failure and poor implementation of various Governors directives to states for clearing backlog of vidarbha in the field of irrigation and education.

All earlier directives given by you in order to remove existing backlog of irrigation and education is not implemented hence corrective action is needed to address the unrest in west vidarbha.

9. Failure and poor implementation of ITDP and mass diversion of tribal fund .

The implementation of integrated tribal development programme is not serious iisue for the administration as state has not created regular cadre and staff to implement the long term plan of tribal development hence failure of ITDP has lead to this pathetic condition of tribals in vidarbha.

10. issue of farm widows and unwed mother

The region is in the grip of agrarian crisis, tribal starvation that created various social problems and there are thousands of farm widows and hundereds unwed mothers mostly from tribal community needs rehabilitation ,you are kindly requested to arrange to provide the relief to farm widows and unwed mothers.

11. Deforestation and land less farmers issue .

The region is facing serious problem of deforestation by land less farmers that has created serious climate change to ecological problem hence hence preservation of forest is must



“the ground condition in rural vidarbha is pathetic,it not only issue of farmers suicides and tribal starvation deaths,the region is going through the complete system failure .peopel need urgent steps to remove the darkness , Governor SC Jamir will certainly arrange to give us relief under his constitutional powers of section 371-372 to remove over back log of vidarbha”Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) urged Governor SC Jamir today.

VJAS delegation of vidarbha farm widows,unwed mothers and cotton farmers today met Governor SC Jamir in the village akoli in Yavatmal District provided administration is ,Kishore Tiwari informed today .
Governor SC Jamir was informed abput the major issues of backwardness of mainly Irrigation backlogs of vidarbha which has increased whopping Rs 24265 crore from Rs.405 in 1982 according to a survey done by the Dandekar Committee thanks to the casual and step-motherly approach of western Maharashtra politicians who have always had an upper hand in state politics and always ignored governor directives under constitutional powers of section 371-372 .

“such visits of VIP to vidarbha is works as salt rubbing to our burns due to political indifference suffered by Vidarbha since it became a part of Maharashtra, darkness of vidarbha can only be removed by giving separate statehood to vidarbha ”tiwari added.
Vidarbha since it became a part of Maharashtra it has been given a colony status as Maharashtra Govt. failed give fund planned in state outlay allotted to spent on removing development backlog of backward vidarbha even after it was officially accepted by the then government since 1960.It is always alleged that politicians from western Maharashtra take away all benefits for development of western Maharashtra after formation of Maharashtra .

VJAS urged Maharashtra Governor SC Jamir to provide integrated development plan to remove back log of vidarbha. With time bound solution to address agrarian crisis, issue of irrigation and power crisis and justice to tribals ,tiwari informed.

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