Vidarbha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) has drawn the attention of the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee toward pathetic condition of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra...
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VJAS urged special economic package to Dying Vidarbha
Vidarbha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) has drawn the attention of the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee toward pathetic condition of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra which is known as farm suicide capital of India.. It's agrarian crisis but massive backwardness in the infrastructure developments, lack of industrialisation coupled with regular power cut-load shedding ,tribal starvation death ,malnutrition and complete failure of NREGA and NRHM in Vidarbha has made this region as colony of salves of western Maharashtra and Mumbai .
VJAS alleged that massive corruption and hostile administration has made ground condition too critical to define. Stating that Vidarbha is the completely ignored region in Maharashtra that has resulted this economic crisis, it said that the region needed to be addressed with special economic package by the central budgetary sanctions.
VJAS president Kishore Tiwari has recalled the visit of prime minister Dr.Manmohan singh to vidarbha and announcement of Rs.3750 crore farmers relief package which has turned to be hoax followed by loan waivers series given by union and state Government as it failed to raise Agriculture growth rate in the region.
Moreover, he said that there is no respite to economic hardships of 3 million distressed farmers of Vidarbha. He lamented that theMaharashtra government’s attitude toward the Vidarbha is so negative that the state failed to address the basic issues of food security and health care of distressed and dying farmers though there are numbers high court orders ,human rights commissions and special panels recommendations. So, he said that they need union government’s intervention by way of budgetary special economic package.
He said that the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee should look at the problems of dry-land farmers of where farmers have to face vagaries of the nature as well as the market forces. Neglect of the dry-land farmers has led to cultivators’ growing dependence on cash crops and giving up food crops.
Tiwari said that special incentive food crop promotion is long pending demand of Vidarbha region. He also urged the finance minister to look into urgent need for setting up an Agricultural Price Stabilisation Fund. In the last five years, he said that prices of farm produce have been volatile. For instance, soyabean prices have swung from Rs 1200 to Rs 4000 a quintal and pluses price Rs 24,000 to Rs 74,000 a quintal.
Due to this a farmer seldom makes money. It is the middleman who gets the big cut while the consumers have to face the brunt of price rise. A stabilisation fund could be the answer to this problem, he added. VJAS has demanded that the government should pump more funds into rural system.(EOM)