Monday, December 26, 2011

The Mealy Bug responsible 4 million hectors Cotton crop failure in Mahrashtra.

The Mealy Bug responsible 4 million hectors Cotton crop failure in Mahrashtra.

Vidarbha -26th December 2011


Vidarbha Jan Andolan (VJAS) activists have reported shocking facts, all types of plants and ruby crops are severely infected by Mealy Bug, a virus gifted by imported Bt.cotton seed supplied M

NC Monsanto. The VJAS warned that coming too season will have it'''s wider effect and larger area spread covering all most all cr

ops and set to destroy of next year not only cotton crop but all the other food crops hence too plant eater killer Mealy Bug .

VJAS president Kishor Tiwari urged the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiviraj chavan who declared that nearly 4 million hector cotton crop damaged and has given bailout package to compensate losses @ of Rs.4000/- per hector amounting more than Rs.1000 crore to recovery the crop damages from Monsanto Bt. Cotton seeds which has briught this Mealy bug in agrarian crisis hit Maha

rashtra in order to save more than 5 million distress and debt trapped vidarbha cotton farmers. He also demanded CBI probe over the Mealy Bug spre

ad in Maharashtra cott

on growing dry land region.

Now when the cotton plants have died, the mealy bug is shifting to nearby plants and the bug has been get

ting multiplied like any thing. It has shifted to pulses nearby, and many other weeds and plants in maharashtra forest which is grate danger to ecology and environmental impact of Maharashtra.

This initiative comes against a historical backdrop of government support for high chemical input cotton production at national and at state level that has sent the wrong messages to farmers. GM cotton is now falsely promoted as the answer to reducing the scourge of proliferating pesticide use, and is one of many reasons farmers are succumbing to the pressure to grow GM cotton which has

been spreading more complex hazards to public health and resulting heavy economical losses forcin

g farmers to kill themselves @ one every 8 hourly since June 2005 after Indian authorities has given permission to grow Bt. cotton in rain fed area of Maharashtra .

VJAS has requested Indian authorities to ban Bt.cotton in dry land region of region of maharashtra and to launch National Food Security Mission(NFSM)) and special outlay of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) which.should be followed along with a comprehensive promotion plan of sustainable farming in the small and marginal farmers and tribals cultivating barren land for maharashtra and the demand to allocate dedicated funds on the lines of AIBP for farm ponds,

community tanks and give incentives to farmers/villages who/which harness water but nobody in the administration is serious over the maharashtra agrarian crisis, Tiwari added.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

तोकड्या पॅकेजमुळे शेतकऱ्यांच्या पुन्हा आत्महत्या वाढण्याची भीती- सकाळ वृत्तसेवा

तोकड्या पॅकेजमुळे शेतकऱ्यांच्या पुन्हा आत्महत्या वाढण्याची भीती
सकाळ वृत्तसेवा
Sunday, December 25, 2011 AT 12:15 AM (IST)
यवतमाळ -
मुख्यमंत्री चव्हाण यांनी पॅकेजची मदत जाहीर करून 90 लाख हेक्‍टरमधील सुमारे सात लाख शेतकऱ्यांची निराशा केली. या अपुऱ्या मदतीच्या घोषणेने विदर्भ, मराठवाडा, उत्तर महाराष्ट्र व खानदेशात नापिकी झालेल्या शेतकऱ्यांना दिलासा मिळाला नसून उलट नैराश्‍य वाढून शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या वाढण्याची भीती आहे, असा आरोप विदर्भ जनआंदोल
न समितीचे नेते किशोर तिवारी यांनी केला आहे.

किशोर तिवारी म्हणाले, वारंवार निवेदन देऊनही मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी शेतकऱ्यांच्या शेतीमालाच्या मागणीला बगल दिली. जेमतेम पाच टक्के मदत जाहीर केली. मदत जास्तीत जास्त दोन हेक्‍टरपर्यंत राहील, अशी घोषणा
करून नोकरशाहीने पुन्हा शेतकऱ्यांच्या तोंडाला पाने पुसली आहेत. सरकारच्या मदतीपेक्षा नुकसान 10 पट आहे. कापसाचा हमीभाव व नापिकीमुळे झालेली नुकसानभरपाई पश्‍चिम महाराष्ट्राच्या ऊस उत्पादक शेतकऱ्यांप्रमाणेच द्यावी लागेल, अशी मागणीही त्यांनी एका प्रसिद्धिपत्रकाद्वारे केली आहे. आर्थिक नुकसानीच्या बदल्यात सरकारने तोकडी मदत दिली व महाराष्ट्रात कापसाचे भाव व्यापाऱ्यांवर सोडले तर पुन्हा एकदा हजारो शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्यांला सरकार आमंत्रण देत असल्याचा आरोपही श्री. तिवारी यांनी केला आहे

Friday, December 23, 2011

मनरेगा’च्या कामात वनाधिकार्‍यांनी जमवली कोट्यवधींची माया

मनरेगा’च्या कामात वनाधिकार्‍यांनी जमवली कोट्यवधींची माया

स्रोत: TarunBharat - Marathi तारीख: 12/18/2011 8:34:05 PM

सुबोध काळपांडे

पांढरकवडा, १८ डिसेंबर

ग्रामीण जनतेचे शहरी भागात स्थलांतर होऊ नये म्हणून ग्रामीण जनतेला वर्षभरातील किमान १०० दिवस रोजगार उपलब्ध होण्यासाठी सुरू झालेल्या महात्मा गांधी राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण रोजगार हमी योजनेचा (मनरेगा) पुरता बोजवारा उडाला असून कागदोपत्री शेकडो मजूर कामावर दाखवून त्यांच्या मजुरीची रक्कम हडपण्याच्या अनेक तक्रारी उघडकीस येत आहेत.

मनरेगा अंतर्गत जिल्हा परिषद, पंचायत समिती, कृषी विभाग, वन विभागांतर्गत होणारी अनेक कामे जॉबकार्डधारक मजुरांमार्फत करून त्यांचे खाते पोस्टात उघडून मजुरी देण्याची साधी व सरळ पद्धत या योजनेअंतर्गत आहे. केळापूर तालुक्यातील ७४ ग्रामपंचायतींमधील १८०४४ कुटुंबियांनी जॉबकार्ड काढले असून यामध्ये एससी प्रवर्गातील ८५९, एसटी प्रवर्गातील ७०६६ तर इतर प्रवर्गातील १०११९ कुटुंबीय आहेत. या सर्वांना कमीतकमी १०० दिवस रोजगार उपलब्ध करून देण्याची जबाबदारी शासनाची आहे.

यावरूनच सर्व विभागांनी या कामांतर्गत कोट्यवधी रुपयाचा अपहार केला असून शेततळे, मातीला बांध, विहीर बांधणे, सिमेंट प्लग बांधणे, पाण्याची टाकी उभारणे, जंगलात वन्य प्राण्यांनाही तळे तयार करणे, चरे बांधणे, कुंड तयार करणे असे अनेक कामांपैकी बहुतांश कामे कागदोपत्री तयार दाखविण्यात आली आहेत. करण्यात आलेली कामे निकृष्ट दर्जाची झाल्याने शासनाचा कोट्यवधींचा निधी अधिकारी, दलाल व ठेकेदारांनी फक्त केल्याचे स्पष्ट दिसत आहे.

मनरेगाच्या कामातील सर्वांत मोठा भ्रष्टाचार वनविभागांतर्गत झालेला असून, वनविभागातील अनेक कामे अत्यंत दुर्गम भागात करण्यात आल्याने ठेकेदारांसह अधिकार्‍यांनाच या कामाची माहिती असल्याने या अधिकार्‍यांनी ‘अर्धे तुम्ही, अर्धे आम्ही’ या ‘नियमा’प्रमाणे वाटेल त्याला कामे वाटप केली आहे. पांढरकवडा वनविभागाअंतर्गत पारवा, उमरी, पाटणबोरी, पांढरकवडा या उपविभागात मनरेगाच्या माध्यमाने जंगलात मातीनाला बांधणे, चरे उभारणे, कुंड तयार करणे, तळे करणे, सिमेंट प्लग उभारणे अशी अनेक कामे मोठ्या प्रमाणात सुरू असून हाताच्या बोटावर मोजण्याइतपत कामे सोडली तर जवळजवळ सर्वच कामे निकृष्ट दर्जाची झाली आहेत.

वनविभागांतर्गत मनरेगाची कामे प्राप्त करण्याची राजकीय नेत्यांच्या जवळ असणारे चेलेचपाटे मोठ्या प्रमाणात गुुंतले असून, अधिकार्‍यांचे जवळचे मित्र, नातलग यांनाही पार्टनर करून ही सर्व कामे सुरू आहेत. पांढरकवडा वनविभागातील मनरेगाच्या सर्वच कामांची चौकशी करणे आणि या कामांतून वनअधिकार्‍यांनी कोट्यवधींची माया जमविली असल्याने त्यांच्या उत्पन्नाची चौकशी करणे गरजेचे झाले आहे. ठेकेदारांसह वनअधिकार्‍यांनी संगनमत करून ग्रामीण मजुरांची मजुरी हडप करण्याचा प्रकार म्हणजे ‘टाळूवरचेे लोणी खाण्या’चा प्रकार झाला आहे.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

पॅकेज' नंतरही विदर्भात ४ शेतकर्‍यांच्या आत्महत्या-आघाडीचे पॅकेज 'धूळफेक' - किशोर तिवारी यांची टीका-लोकशाही वार्ता

पॅकेज' नंतरही विदर्भात ४ शेतकर्‍यांच्या आत्महत्या-आघाडीचे पॅकेज 'धूळफेक' - किशोर तिवारी यांची टीका-लोकशाही वार्ता

लोकशाही वार्ता/१७ डिसेंबर
यवतमाळ: राज्य सरकारने विदर्भ, मराठवाडा, उत्तर महाराष्ट्र व खानदेशमधील सर्व कापूस उत्पादक शेतकरी आणि २५ टक्क्यांच्यावर नापिकी असलेले सोयाबीन व धानउत्पादक शेतकर्‍यांना दिलेले मदतीचे पॅकेज अपुरे आहे. हमीभावाच्या मागणीला बगल दिल्यामुळे विदर्भात चार शेतकर्‍यांच्या आत्महत्या झाल्या आहेत. अंकुश राऊत (रा. वाकळी जि. यवतमाळ), अशोक भोंगळे (रा. बार्मडा जि.यवतमाळ), (रामुदास कांबळे रा.गौळ जि.वर्धा),( शामराव ढेंगे रा.केसलवाडा जि.भंडारा) या ४ शेतकर्‍यांनी आत्महत्या केल्याचे उजेडात आले आहे. यंदा आत्महत्या करणार्‍या शेतकर्‍यांचा आकडा ७२२ वर पोहोचल्याची माहिती विदर्भ जन आंदोलन समितीचे नेते किशोर तिवारी यांनी दिली. सुमारे ९0 लाख हेक्टरमध्ये या वर्षी नापिकी झाली असल्याची कबुली सरकारने दिली आहे. यामध्ये सर्व शेतकरी कोरडवाहू आहे. कापूस, सोयाबीन व धानाचे पिक जेमतेम २0 ते ३0 टक्के आले आहे. त्यातच लागलेला खर्च व मिळत असलेला भाव यामुळे शेतकरी कमीत कमी २0 हजार कोटीच्या आर्थिक नुकसानाला तोंड देत आहे. अशा वेळी सरकार पश्‍चिम महाराष्ट्राच्या ऊस उत्पादक शेतकर्‍यांना हेक्टरी २५ ते ३0 हजार रुपये मदत देते. त्याचप्रमाणे या शेतकर्‍यांनाही भरघोस मदत देईल व काँग्रेस व राकाँचे मंत्री व आमदार वारंवार विनंती करत असल्यामुळे सरकार यावेळेस विदर्भाला न्याय देईल, असे वाटत होते. मात्र प्रत्यक्षात या पॅकेजमध्ये पश्‍चिम विदर्भातील कापूस उत्पादक ५ जिल्हे प्रचंड प्रमाणात वंचित राहतील, अशी दाट शक्यता आहे. अमरावती महसूल विभागाने या विभागात नापिकीचा अहवालच दिलेला नाही. एकूण क्षेत्र ९0 लाख हेक्टर असताना सरकार ही मदत शेतकर्‍यांना कशी देईल, यावर प्रश्नचिन्ह असून प्रत्येक वर्षासारखे हे पॅकेजसुद्धा एक धूळफेक ठरणार असल्याची टीका किशोर तिवारी यांनी केली आहे.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Vidarbha Farm widows flays Maharashtra decision to delay ‘Bail-Out’: farm widows to take up issue with Smt Sonia Gandhi

Vidarbha Farm widows flays Maharashtra decision to delay ‘Bail-Out’: farm widows to take up issue with Smt Sonia Gandhi

*In order to bring pressure on the Maharashtra Govt. to announce ‘bailout’ package hundreds of vidarbha farm widows will meet Smt Sonia Gandhi in the leadership of Rahul's Kalavati and KBC fame Aparna Malikar.*

Pandharkawada 24th November 2011

‘Maharashtra chief minister’s yesterday said that code of conduct is reason for the announcement of so called ‘Bailout Package ‘for 5 million cotton farmers has received very sharp reaction in farm widow hunger strike today in which validity of such argument is questioned when election are in metros and farmers are dying micero-rural area of maharashtra ,it’s rediculos to stop relief aid on that account ,we

are moving up with state election commission will sort our issue and now farmers will force them to take corrective action to restore rural economy of maharashtra which is c

ompletely collapsed ’ Kishore Tiwari Farm activist of farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS) announced today while addressing before hundreds of vidarbha farm widows

“vidarbha farmers are in urgent need of help due to crop failure and Govt. should help them urgently hence we all resolved that there is no question of raising MSP at this stage, because small and needy farmers have already sold around 50% of produce and cash subsidy of Rs20,000 per hectare for cotton and Rs15,000 for soya be paid to farmers to compensate for 40% loss of crop this year” Rahul's Kalvati and KBC fame Aparna Malikar informed the gathering

"The Situation of Crop damag

e is too critical and farmers have already spent 40% more on inputs this season, including labour costs and fertilizer but we are very skeptical about any package that bailout dying distress farmers of west vidarbha hence it is unanimously resolved for a blanket relief package for all cotton growers at a rate rs.20,000 per hector . Moreover, farmers will also need to be protected from any further collapse in open market rates in the coming days. Traders are known to manipulate the situation to their advantage and government should protect interests of farmers," ,Mohan Jadhav VJAS secretary informed in the meeting


In order to bring pressure on t

he Maharashtra Govt. VJAS leader is visiting delhi on 25 and 26 November will try to meet UPA convener smt.sonia Gandhi and Indian prime Minister Dr.Manmohansingh and fix appointment of farm widows in the leadership of Rahul's Kalavati and KBC fame Aparna Malikar ,Tiwari said.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Maharashtra proposed ‘Bail-Out’ package is Peanut :Vidarbha farm widows to join Stir from 24th Nov. tomorrow

Maharashtra proposed ‘Bail-Out’ package is Peanut :Vidarbha farm widows to join Stir from 24th Nov. tomorrow

Rampur(Yavatmal):23rd November 2011

‘Maharashtra Govt. on going negotiations and proposed ‘Bailout Package ‘for 5 million cotton farmers is peanut and is nothing but another eyewash like earlier packages when administration is aware of short term and long term solutions to vidarbha cotton farmer’s agrarian crisis as crisis are policy driven and now farmers will force them to take corrective action to restore rural economy of maharashtra which is completely collapsed ’ Kishore Tiwari Farm activist of farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS) announced today while addressing before two

thousand strong protest of cotton farmers by blocking the state highway chandrapur-Yavatmal near village Rampur 120 K.M. from Nagpur .This is seventh day in row that allover vidarbha road are being blocked by cotton farmers demanding higher procurement price for raw cotton @ Rs.6000/- per quintal whereas market price is Rs.4000/- per quintal ,demand supported by all the political parties in state including ruling NCP-Congress alliance too but the state Govt. is unmoved adding fuel to on going stir .

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan called an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue which failed to decide any relief package for dying farmers.

"There is no question of raising MSP at this stage, because small and needy farmers have already sold around 20 lakh quintals of produce. They will be the losers now."

Farm activist and Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishore Tiwari has already met the chief minister on Sunday and suggested that a subsidy of Rs20,000 per hectare for cotton and Rs15,000 for soya be paid to farmers to compensate for 40% loss of crop this year.

"Crop damage has burdened farmers who have already spent 40% more on inputs this season, including labour costs and fertilizer," said Tiwari. "But I am sceptical about any package. I am told the bureaucrats are asking the CM to announce a paltry relief of Rs1,000 per acre. This will be too little, too late and only fuel the farmer suicide crisis in Vidarbha," warned Tiwari

"Moreover, if they announce MSP higher than current market price of Rs4,300 to 4,500, it will be suicidal for the government as farmers and traders from neighbouring states will also flood procurement centres here. So, the best way out would be a blanket relief package for all cotton growers at a rate rs.20,000 per hector . Moreover, farmers will also need to be protected from any further collapse in open market rates in the coming days. Traders are known to manipulate the situation to their advantage and government should protect interests of farmers," Tiwari added.

In order to bring pressure on the Maharashtra hundreds of vidarbha farm widows will start hunger strike from tomorrow 24th November in the leadership of Rahul’ Kalvati and KBC fame Aparna Malikar ,Tiwari said.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vidarbha: Telangana’s cousin in distress

Vidarbha: Telangana’s cousin in distress

again, it was only in 1994 – 38 years later – that a Presidential Order was issued making, among other things, the Governor responsible for supervision and allocation of Plan funds to Vidarbha and Marathwada – again unlike in Telangana. But providing budgets was one thing and spending them another. The backlog (gap) between allocation and expenditure in the regions was great.

The Vidharbha region of Maharashtra consists of six districts of the ancient Bhonsle kingdom of Nagpur (annexed 1853 by the British) and five districts of Berar (a province of the Nizam’s Hyderabad State leased to the British in 1853). Both are known for their vast cotton-growing areas, and they formed part of the Central Provinces of British India.

Vidharbha has two-thirds of Maharashtra’s mineral resources, three-fourths of the forest resources and is surplus in power. It covers 32% of the State and has a population of 20 million: 21% of the State population. It sends 10 MPs to the Lok Sabha and has 62 seats in the 288-member State Assembly. Nagpur is its major city.

On October 1, 1938, the Central Provinces Legislature passed a unanimous resolution to create a separate State of Mahavidharbha. The movement was seriously launched in 1947 when it was realised that, with the end of the British rule, Berar province would legally revert to the Nizam of Hyderabad.

By August 1947, political leaders came to an agreement, commonly known as the Akola Pact that contemplated Maharashtra with the two sub-provinces with separate legislatures and Cabinets, etc. It was a constitutionally unworkable proposition and soon disowned by all parties.

The Dar Commission in 1948 stated: “We are satisfied that public opinion is still in its formative stage in Vidharbha and it does not know it own mind. In these circumstances, it will not be possible to form a province of Maharashtra with Vidharbha”.

The 1953 “Nagpur Agreement”, signed by Y B Chavan, Morarji Desai and other politicians, envisaged a merger with Bombay State based on assurances and guarantees for Vidharbha and Marathawada.

The States Reorganization Commission, however, in 1955 recommended that Vidharbha should remain a separate State as it was financially sound and its people had a deep-rooted regional consciousness.
Despite this, Vidharbha was merged with bilingual Bombay State in 1956 and since 1960 remained part of Maharashtra.

The reason was simple. The Samyukta Maharashtra Samithi (SMS) was gaining popularity for a State for all Marathi-speaking people and including Bombay City. In the 1957 General Election, the SMS won 101 seats out of 133 in Western Maharashtra, including 12 from Mumbai.

The SMS was a combine of the Communist Party and the Socialist Party.
For the Congress, Vidharbha – where it won 62 out of the 66 seats - was crucial in retaining its tenuous hold in the Bombay Assembly.

The only way Congress could retain power in Maharashtra was by annexing Vidharbha before the strength of its Gujarat wing departed with the formation of Gujarat. The Nagpur Agreement had established the guarantees for the regions. Its salient features were:

1. Vidharbha, Marathwada and Rest of Maharashtra (RoM) - would be treated as separate regions for all type of development and administration.

2. Allocation of funds would be on the basis of population but special attention will be given to Marathwada

3. The three regions would be given representation in proportion to population in (a) composition of government (b) admission to all educational institutions in vocational, scientific, professional or other specialised training (c) the services of all grades under government or government controlled enterprises.

4. People of Vidharbha would have the advantages derived from Nagpur, as the capital of their State, preserved.
Thus Vidharbha’s history is similar to that of Telangana.
Marathwada’s four districts were even part of Hyderabad State like Telangana.

Both mergers involved the linguistic angle, the Congress Party interest and, above all, purported to level the cultural, economic and political differences, which existed for hundreds of years. Even the conditions of merger; the Gentlemen’s Agreement on Telengana is similar to the Nagpur Agreement. But, unlike the former, the latter was enshrined in Article 371(2) of the Constitution in 1956.

But, again, it was only in 1994 – 38 years later – that a Presidential Order was issued making, among other things, the Governor responsible for supervision and allocation of Plan funds to Vidharbha and Marathwada – again unlike in Telangana. But providing budgets was one thing and spending them another. The backlog (gap) between allocation and expenditure in the regions was great.

The “Dandekar Committee on Regional Imbalance” had given its recommendation in 1984, which had not been accepted by the State Government. Eleven years later another “Indicators and Backlogs Committee (IBC)” was set up in 1995 and reported in 2000 (another five years later!).

The Planning Commission, in its “Report of the Fact- Finding Team on Vidharbha” (RFFTV) of 2006 commented: “The delay in implementing the budgetary consequences of having willingly joined Vidharbha to Maharashtra in its very constitution as a State is by itself a measure of the inadequacy of the intentions of the Government of Maharashtra over the past more than a decade” (p.15).

In simple language, it means that Vidharbha (like Marathawada) was let down, betrayed and robbed of its promised budgetary allocations.
The IBC arrived at the total sectoral backlog of Rs.14, 007 crores as of 1st April 1994. The Table below gives the break up in crores of rupees (RFFTV, page 73).

From 1982 to 2002, the irrigation backlog grew from 38% to 62% for Vidharbha and from 23% to 33% for Marathwada, while for the RoM it declined from 39% to 5%!! By 2007, this backlog was 70% for Vidharbha, 30% for Marathwada and “nil” for RoM. The neglect was in the past, but also it continued to get worse.

The RFFTV states: “Other regions of the State which were behind Vidharbha at the time of Independence in irrigation development have now marched ahead in the post-Independence period” (p.88).

As far as power is concerned, the backlog of energy situation of pump sets, as of April 2005, for Vidharbha was 215,099, for Marathawada 109,073, while RoM had an excess of 357,320 pump sets energised.

The RFFTV commented: “The common refrain is that though majority of electric power is produced in Vidharbha and energy requirement of Vidharbha in particular for energisation of agricultural pumps is not fulfilled as compared to Western Maharashtra (RoM)” (p.94).

It went on: “The reason for the enormous difference is not the water table level but the huge pendency of applications by farmers who have applied for electric connections” (p.95).

The idea that an underdeveloped region without its own political control can progress harmoniously within a dominating political system has proven to be false. The Telangana Regional Council was a short-lived experiment, killed deliberately as it was unacceptable to the ruling State elite.

For Vidharbha, with all the good intentions of the rest of Maharashtra, that merger also has not worked and discontent is rife. Both mergers are different - yet alike. As Leo Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”.

Vidharbha and Telangana teach us the lesson that culture, politics and development is very local, and when such alliances do not work satisfactorily for over five decades, separation is better than continued bitterness.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Editor-in-Chief: India Today on Vidarbha Farmer Suicide





EDITOR'S NOTE ON VIDARBHA AGRARIAN CRISIS


India Today EDITOR'S NOTE Story

From the Editor-in-Chief: India Today issue on Vidarbha

(Dated November 7, 2011)


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Editor-in-Chief: India Today

October 28, 2011 | 18:49

Kalawati, a widow with nine children, acquired national prominence, courtesy Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi three years ago. Her husband, a cotton farmer from Vidarbha unable to pay his debts, committed suicide in 2005. In July 2008, during the tenure of UPA 1, Rahul, in an evocative speech in Parliament, spoke about how he visited her home and found that her husband had committed suicide because he was dependent on only one crop. His widow subsequently resolved her problem, according to Rahul, by sowing three crops, acquiring two buffaloes and digging a pond. As this was part of the nuclear energy debate, he said that nuclear energy would be the country's insurance policy in times of need just like Kalawati's pond was her insurance policy in times of drought. It so happens that the prospect of nuclear energy looks dismal in India, and so does Kalawati's future.

After her husband's death in 2005, her son-in-law killed himself in 2010. One of her daughters, tired of the humiliation of prolonged illness and continued penury, committed suicide this year. Kalawati has lost four relatives in the last six years. Rahul Gandhi's visit brought her attention but no compensation from the Government. Some generous NGOs gave her money. However, her life today remains a struggle. There are many other less famous women in that region who lead lives harder than even Kalawati's. All of their farmer-husbands committed suicide, unable to pay their debts.

For our cover story this week, Deputy Editor Damayanti Datta, Assistant Editor Kiran Tare and photographer Bhaskar Paul drove 700 kilometres from Nagpur to visit 10 villages in Vidarbha. Says Datta, "The farmers of the region are so desperately poor that in addition to farming the small landholding they own, they also have to work as labourers on other farms. In the end they still earn no more than a total of Rs 2,500 a month." This region is an important cotton farming belt of India. Cotton is a commercial crop and should, logically, yield decent returns. What then drives farmers to suicide? Some activists blame the introduction of genetically modified BT cotton a decade ago. That, they say, has raised the prices of seeds, while requiring farmers to buy new seeds every year. However, there is considerable evidence to show that BT cotton gives substantially high yields and higher returns than the older varieties it has replaced. The real problem is with systems.

Vidarbha, unlike say Gujarat, another Bt cotton-growing state, has little irrigation, which means the probability of crop failure gets hugely magnified if the monsoon fails. Farmers are entitled to financial support from the local administration and public sector banks if the crop fails. Both usually fail to deliver. The administration demands proof that farmers used "approved" seeds. They often use cheaper unapproved varieties. Banks demand collateral which they do not have. That forces them into the hands of moneylenders who charge interest rates as high as 40-50 per cent, the main cause of suicides. The Government can play a preventive role: by investing in irrigation, by getting rid of unnecessary rules of approval, and by ensuring that banks give credit.

It is a travesty that starvation and suicide should haunt a region as large as Vidarbha in a state as industrialised and prosperous as Maharashtra in a country making such rapid strides elsewhere, growing at the rate of more than 8 per cent a year for a decade. Rahul may not be able to save India's nuclear deal but, perhaps, he can get the Government to save Kalawati and others from their miserable plight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

VJAS moved PMO for CBI probe in fact finding report of more than Two Million Bogus Students on role and Rs.20 thousand crore scam

VJAS moved PMO for CBI probe in fact finding report of more than Two Million Bogus Students on role and Rs.20 thousand crore scam

Nagpur –18th October 2011

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS ) has moved PMO urging him for the CBI probe on the shocking fact finding report of mega survey done by Maharashtra Govt. from 3rd October to 5 october of this year which was being tabled before the Maharashtra Govt. cabinet on 19th October in order to check the truth strength of students and to know the exact truth of the role of the students on which state is spending more than Rs.10,000 crore as grant-aid after the Maharashtra cabinet took decision on report submitted by as Dr Shrikar Pardeshi—District Collector of Nanded in Maharashtra who undertook such survey in his district from 6 to 10 september and found more than 1 lakh 40 thousand as bogus and school are getting the aid on the basis of this fraudulent students ,it is estimated that final report of state level survey revealed the shocking fact that in a progressive state like maharshtra has made completely mockery of “Sarwashkisha Abhiyan” and ther are more than 2 million student found missing from school and they in fact bogus and shown in order to get aid and staff salary which is practice continued since 1985 after state Gvot flooded the Govt. aided school opened by MLA/Ministers of ruling parties and more than Rs.20 thousand crore is amount of mega scam which likely to be largest scam of the Maharashtra after it’s formation since 1960, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release today.

“We are following the survey since it was initiated in Nanded District popularly known as ‘Pat Tapasani’ and ,we are finiated with the response of state Govt. after the report Nanded was submitted to state cabinet who decided to conduct it throughout state and it was done in Maharashtra with help of more than 1 lakhs staff and police force between 3rd and 5th October even after lot of efforts of local politicians ,final report shows that in Maharashtra more than 2million students are bogus and each year the school management are getting bogus grant to tune of more than Rs.2200 crore amounting to tune of Rs.20 thousands crore in last 15 years hence only CBI probe can bring truth and book all culprit who have mockery of education in Maharashtra. we are expecting the Maharashtra chief minister prathiraj chavan who has ordered such massive survey and brought the truth before nation will ask centre for the CBI probe in alleged irregularities and this bogus student scam” Tiwari added.

In a representation it is allged that initial district administration of Nanded conducted school wise survey to find out the exact number of students in government-aided schools in his district, little did he know that the statistics would be a shocker. In the 3,475 schools inspected, about 140,000 students were found to be bogus and nearly 4,000 excess teachers were found to be catering to these students. The loss to the government exchequer in the district was Rs 150 crore. What’s more, most of this money seems to have gone to the owners of these educational institutions, who are politically influential.

The exercise was undertaken in early September this year. Later, in early October, a similar survey was conducted across the state. Of the 20 million registered students in state-aided schools, 2.1 million turned out to be bogus. There were 65,000 teachers in excess and the loss to the state exchequer stood at Rs 4,000 crore. This included money for mid-day meals and books drawn in the name of these bogus students.

In the past there have been numerous school inspections by the education department, but never one on this scale. The exercise had to be undertaken because rampant corruption and bribery among education officials had led to the suppression of facts about school enrolment in the state. That was until Dr Pardeshi decided to risk it, a risk because three-fourths of the schools surveyed belong to political heavyweights of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.

After the school education department realised that there were bogus students and teachers registered across the state and huge sums of money was going into the coffers of institution owners, it decided to implement a pilot project in one district. Nanded was chosen because it had made headlines for cracking down on cheating in SSC and HSC exams.

The district collector planned the entire exercise, and shared it only with a handful. The district’s borders were sealed on the appointed day and Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code was imposed. At the pre-decided time, officials raided the schools and verified each student of all 3,475 schools. The survey involved 466 Class I and II officials and took four days to complete. When the school managements felt the noose tightening, they started ‘importing’ students from neighboring districts. However, these students were easily identified because of the imposition of Section 144 in the district.

On the completion of this survey, Dr Pardeshi made a PowerPoint presentation before the state cabinet. Though the cabinet was divided over accepting the ‘Pardeshi model’, as the exercise is being called, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is adamant that it be implemented.

It is a common practice among educational institutions to ‘import’ students from other schools when inspections are conducted. According to information available on previous inspections, school owners knew of these inspections in advance. Once a school was inspected, students and furniture would be taken to the next school on the survey list. Though officials did realise that they had seen the same students in other schools (often in multiple schools), no one dared take on the politicians.

The Chief Minister has threatened stringent action against erring schools. But when schools are owned by relatives of ministers, it is an open secret that few would be booked. So far, the names of school owners involved in this fraud have not been revealed. But it is only a matter of time before they become public.

Education malpractices in the state have increased alarmingly. There has been a steady decline in the quality of students and teachers. With excessive political intervention in the education sector, the education department had become ineffectual. “In a coalition government, no hard decisions can be taken. It is bound to hurt one of the coalition partners. Let us see what action is taken now. Even if registrations are cancelled, owners of such institutions make sure their political godfathers get it revoked. It is a win-win situation for such institutions,” says an official of the education department.

Many in the state’s education department believe that successive governments have lacked the will to clean up the education system in the state.

“We are planning move in high court once PMO reject our demand ,we are hopeful that state Gvot . Will take step to curb this massive corruption in next cabinet” Tiwari added.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Times Now launches new show Amazing Indians-kishore Tiwari

Times Now launches new show Amazing Indians-kishore Tiwari

Times Now launches new show Amazing Indians

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:52:00
http://www.medianewsline.com/news/118/ARTICLE/8275/2011-09-27.html
The category - Grassroot Soldiers features Kishore Tiwari, a man who has been relentlessly advocating the plight of debt ridden farmers in and around Vidarbha. Kishore has been championing various causes related to farming, right from cultivation, to crop failure, to fighting for fair value for the produce. He continues to be a strong support and a pillar of strength for the farmers
(Watch these untold stories unfold on TIMES NOW .Saturday, 1st October at 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm .Sunday, 2nd October at 9:30 am & 5:30 pm.)



With the launch of a brand new show Amazing Indians – India on the Rise, TIMES NOW celebrates true grit and determination of Indians who have re-written the rules and set a new benchmark. Featuring various unsung champions from across the nation, Times Now brings to light their unique achievements showcasing their perseverance of working towards a better India.

The show features multiple categories that highlight the channel’s differentiated programming by presenting a series of individual journeys encapsulating the struggle and achievements. TIMES NOW captivates audiences with this unique 20 week-long series that features inspiring stories and will culminate into awarding some of these worthy champions.

On the upcoming episode, TIMES NOW honours three individuals and presents the untold tales of true grit and determination through categories – The Grassroot Soldiers; The Unstoppable Indian and Global Indians.

The category - Grassroot Soldiers features Kishore Tiwari, a man who has been relentlessly advocating the plight of debt ridden farmers in and around Vidarbha. Kishore has been championing various causes related to farming, right from cultivation, to crop failure, to fighting for fair value for the produce. He continues to be a strong support and a pillar of strength for the farmers

Amongst the Unstoppable Indians, Kamlesh Patel has been an inspiration for many by overcoming physical deformity and facing all odds with a positive attitude. Braving paralysis from a very young age, Kamlesh pursued dancing passionately without the use of his legs. He has performed at over 1200 dance shows in India and abroad and has won laurels at multiple award ceremonies.

The Global Indians category showcases Rikkin Gandhi as one of the NRIs whose heart still beats for India. Aspiring to become an Astronaut, this graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology realised he could do much more by improving the economic wellbeing of the Indian farmers. By setting up NGO Digital Green, Rikkin helps farmers adopt better farming practices. Having covered some 500 villages in India and with a target of 1200 more in two years, Digital Green is going global as Rikin starts work in Ethiopia and Uganda in the coming months.

Watch these untold stories unfold on TIMES NOW .Saturday, 1st October at 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm .Sunday, 2nd October at 9:30 am & 5:30 pm.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Relatives of Balaji Trimanwar allege candidates made to run 26 km without medical help; VJAS-Mumbai Mirror

Publication: Mumbai Mirror ;Date: Sep 21, 2011;Section: City;Page: 4


Relatives of Balaji Trimanwar allege candidates made to run 26 km without medical help; Vidarbha Janandolan

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He ran for a job, but ended up dead. A youth who participated in a 26-km run organised by the state forest department for aspiring guards in Yavatmal district last week died a day after the race. Balaji Trimanwar, 23, fell into a pit, apparently due to exhaustion, and never got back on his feet.

His family members allege that he was not provided any medical care for more than two hours, and this led to his demise. They, with the help of a farmers’ advocacy group, have approached the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission to seek compensation.

Balaji hailed from Yavatmal district. He was among thousands of candidates who took part in the gruelling run to qualify for interviews for posts of forest guard on September 12. Mumbai Mirror, in fact, reported this archaic recruitment drive of the forest department (Bhaag basanti, MM, September 13).

“Balaji was my brother’s only son, and he desperately needed a job,” said the youth’s uncle, Amrut. “On September 12, he left his home at 8 am to enter the race. At about 11.30 am, he fell into a pit and lied there unattended for more than two hours.”

Amrut claimed that forest officials took Balaji to a government hospital at only 4 pm. “When he was brought to the hospital, he was not making any movements. We then decided to shift him to Sanjeevani Hospital, where
he passed away the next day,” Amrut said. Some forest officials, however, blame Balaji’s kidney condition for his death. Kishor Tiwari, the chief of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, said that 1,240 job aspirants fainted during the run because of the heat. The samiti has approached the rights commission to seek compensation for Balaji’s family. “This practice of organising the race is 130 years old; it was introduced by the British. The forest department should either chuck the race or pare down the distance,” Tiwari said.

RECRUITMENT DRIVE OR A CRUEL JOKE » The archaic and inhumane forest recruitment rule makes it mandatory for aspirants to run 26 km to qualify for an interview » Last week, thousands of candidates from Thane circle ran for the forest recruitment test in a single day » Those who do get these forest patrol jobs are unlikely to ever run 26-km as part of their working day » Applicants to the Police Service only have to run 6-km as part of their physicals » The National Defence Academy entrance requires no distance running at all



Balaji Trimanwar, 23, died in Yavatmal on Tuesday



Chintamani Karpat was among the many candidates who collapsed during the race

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Land Bill will hit dryland farmers, says VJAS-TIMES OF INDIA

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Land Bill will hit dryland farmers, says VJAS

NAGPUR: Vidarbha Civil Society Collective and Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) have raised strong objections to provisions in the National Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill 2011 tabled in Parliament on Wednesday. They demanded that the Bill be redrafted to safeguard interests of the dryland farmers and other landowners.

"The Bill has ignored all suggestions made by the civil society and farmer advocacy groups. A month ago the rural development minister Jairam Ramesh had sought the suggestions from the people. It is clear from the final draft that the proposed law is nothing but a move to smoothen the process of transferring to corporates drylands of farmers in areas like Vidarbha," Kishore Tiwari of VJAS alleged.

He demanded that the Bill be scrapped and sent back to a parliamentary committee for redrafting to safeguard interests of dryland farmers and to ensure food security. This is essential as the Bill has included provisions for conditional acquisition of multi-crop land as well, Tiwari stressed. The Bill is against the fundamental rights of farmers in distressed regions like Vidarbha who are already reeling under huge debts and willing to selling off lands as government policies had made agriculture uneconomical, said Tiwari. If the law is implemented, farming community in Vidarbha will be eliminated, he added.

The Vidarbha Civil Society Collective, a grouping of a number of social and civil rights organizations held a public discussion on the issue last month after Jairam Ramesh sought suggestions on the draft Bill. The group then sent a letter to the Union minister listing its observations.

It was of the view that the Bill was against the preamble of Indian constitution. There was hardly any material difference from the draconian Land Acquisition Act of 1894 that it seeks to replace, the Collective opined. VCSC has also found that the Bill reduced the government to a 'service agent' of the multinationals and corporates. There is no clear demarcation about public and private purposes in the Bill, it said.

Nitin Chaudhary of Lokadhikar Manch said the Bill did not give space to women and youth to be part of decision-making rendering them vulnerable when their land is sold. The compensation offered is far less than the market value. Moreover, there is no mention of farm labourer who will be rendered jobless once agricultural land is acquired, he said.

VCSC has also demanded that instead of the district collector, the local panchayat and gram sabha should be empowered to deal with the land acquisition process from the beginning. It has sought an assurance that there would be no damage to environment because of large-scale land acquisition.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Now, she wants to write about farmers' agonies-TIMES OF INDIA

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NAGPUR: In 1998 Ramdas Ambarwar, a farmer at Telang Takli village in Kelapur taluka of Yavatmal district, committed suicide unable to bear the piling debt burden. He was the only bread-earner and with his death the world came crashing down for his widow Saraswati and four daughters. Their youngest daughter, Manju, was just over five then. Since that day, life has been an endless struggle for the Ambarwar family.

For Manju, now 19, Wednesday brought a ray of hope as she secured admission in journalism course of Nagpur University. "I want to pursue journalism. That way I can chronicle life and times of Vidarbha farmers. As the daughter of a farmer who committed suicide, I have seen it all from close quarters and suffered every moment," Manju told TOI. She wants to sensitize people and the government about the miserable conditions in which farmers depending on vagaries of nature and mercy of policymakers have to live.

"After father's death, mother had to look after the farming work and also run the family. She did not buckle down and gave us all strength to get along in life. She arranged for marriage of two of my elder sisters Sushma and Meenakshi after they had studied up to Class XII. My third sister, Jayshree, was in XII when a serious kidney ailment struck her. Mother wanted her to pursue a professional course as she was a science student. But Jayshree could not survive. Another of my mother's dream was shattered," said Manju. The already distressed family could hardly afford the costly medical treatment and got into even more financial trouble.

Amid all this, the youngest sibling continued her studies. After primary education in the village, she went to nearby Umri to study up to XII and then commuted daily by ST bus to Pandharkawda for the college. This year she graduated in arts. Visibly happy after securing admission to bachelor of mass communication course at the University campus here, she feels she is a step closer to her ambition of being a journalist. "As a kid, I was impressed by the reporters who regularly visited our home to write about farmer suicides in Yavatmal district. I made up my mind to be a journalist and write on the issue from my personal experience of pain and sufferings," said Manju.

"I remember, soon after father's suicide the then chief minister Narayan Rane came to our village. At a function organized to hand over compensation cheque of Rs 1 lakh several promises for welfare of farmers were made. Among the promises that were never kept was the one providing free education for children of farm suicide victims," she recalled.

"Thank god for the grit and courage of my mother that we survived the hard times. Also Kishore Tiwari and his Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti came to our rescue and stood by my mother. I have no idea how I will meet the cost of studying and living in a big city like Nagpur. I only hope I realize my ambition and lend a helping hand to my mother back in the village," says Manju.

4 more farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha-Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times

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Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times
Nagpur, July 28, 2011

The agrarian crises in Vidarbha’s killing fields drove four more distressed farmers to commit suicide in the last 48 hours.

The victims were identified as: Diwakar Wankhede of Gondburanda (42), Sudam Rathod (40), Warondali (both Yavatmal district), Omkar Paraskar (35) of Takli (Buldhana) and Pramod Gautre (32), Belkhed (Akola). All the farmers swallowed pesticide to end their lives, reports reaching here this evening said.

Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti claimed that these farmers were frustrated as their sowing dried up because of deficient rains in earlier this month and they had no funds for re-sowing.

Tiwari insisted that the government and financial institutions in particular should provide crop loans again to needy farmers so that such suicides could be prevented.

On the other hand, Shravan Hardikar, the Yavatmal district collector claimed that a substantial crop loans were disbursed among farmers in the current kharif season. “An amount of Rs 550-crore crop loans were disbursed among farmers in the district since June this year so that farmers don’t fall into the trap of moneylenders,” he pointed out.

However, he said that there were lots of complaints against the nationalized banks for their non-cooperation to disburse crop loans this season. “We have taken two meetings with the bank officials in this regard and directed them to fulfill the target,” he informed.

Answering a question, Hardikar admitted that six farmers were committed suicides because of agrarian crisis this week. “We are holding a meeting on August 2 in this connection and analysis the issue,” he added.

An average two farmers commit suicide every day in Vidarbha because of agrarian crisis and the figure may go up if the state fails to take preventive measures, warns Tiwari whose organization--Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti--has been documenting farmers suicide in the region since 2001.

With the deaths of these four farmers the toll has risen to 37 this month alone while the figure was 38 last month. As many as 359 farmers killed themselves in the region because of agrarian crisis since January this year.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

12 vidarbha farmer commits suicides reported in a this week – Govt. urged to save vidarbha farmer


save vidarbha farmer=Five ill fated vidarbha farmers suicides reported in last 48 hours giving serious indication of another trigger of farm suicide spiral as 12 more debt trapped farmers suicides already reported in this week and till two days are left taking official toll 448 in year 2011 alone

आश्रमशाळांचे स्थानांतरण, न्यायालयाची शासनाला नोटीस

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यवतमाळ जिल्ह्य़ातील दोन आदिवासी आश्रमशाळा राज्यात इतरत्र स्थानांतरित करण्याच्या निर्णयाला आव्हान देणाऱ्या याचिकेवर मुंबई उच्च न्यायालयाच्या नागपूर खंडपीठाने सरकारला दाखलपूर्व नोटीस जारी केली आहे.
सामाजिक कार्यकर्ते किशोर तिवारी यांनी केलेल्या याचिकेनुसार, राज्यातील सर्वात जास्त आदिवासी लोकसंख्या विदर्भात आहे. मात्र यवतमाळ जिल्ह्य़ातील वणी व नेर येथील आश्रमशाळा सरकारने बंद केल्या. त्यानंतर कुणी या आश्रमशाळा चालवण्यास तयार असल्यास त्यांना या दिल्या जातील, अशी जाहिरात आदिवासी विकास विभागाने प्रकाशित केली. त्यानुसार विदर्भातील अनेकांनीही जाहिरातीला प्रतिसाद दिला. परंतु सरकारने या आश्रमशाळा धुळे व नांदेड जिल्ह्य़ांमध्ये स्थानांतरित केल्या. सरकारच्या या निर्णयाला याचिकेत आव्हान देण्यात आले आहे.
न्या. भूषण धर्माधिकारी व न्या. प्रमोद कोदे यांच्या खंडपीठासमोर या याचिका सुनावणीला आल्या असता, त्यांनी या याचिकेवर ३ आठवडय़ात उत्तर द्यावे अशी नोटीस आदिवासी विकास विभागाच्या सचिवांच्या नावे काढली. स्थानांतरित झालेल्या आश्रमशाळांना कुठलेही अनुदान देऊ नये, तसेच राज्यात यापुढे आश्रमशाळा स्थानांतरित करू नये असे निर्देश खंडपीठाने दिले. याचिकाकर्त्यांची बाजू अ‍ॅड. फिरदोस मिर्झा यांनी मांडली.
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Friday, July 8, 2011



''Maran''s cotton export policy resulted in 20 Thousand crore losses to billion Indian cotton farmers''

Nagpur – JULY 9 2011

An association of cotton farmers has accused former textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran of pursuing a wrong policy of clamping a ban on cotton exports that has hurt farmers.

The present cotton crisis in the country is a result of wrong policies enforced by the former textile minister to protect the interests of handful textile mill owners. It has denied best available price of cotton to farmers and resulted in losses of an estimated Rs 20,000 crore to farmers and local ginners and traders, Kishore Tiwari, president of Vidharbha Janandolan Samiti, said.

A complete ban on export from January to May this year has forced them to offload the cotton or cotton bales at half the price which was prevailing till March this year, he added.

The present cotton crisis in India is result of wrong policies enforced by ex-textile minister of India to protect interest on handful textile mill owners which has denied best available price of cotton to 1 billion cotton farmers of India and resulted in the total losses of more than Rs.20,000 crore to farmers and local ginners and traders as complete ban on export from January to may 2011 has forced to them to offload the cotton or cotton bales at the half price which was prevailing till march 2011 .all decision of putting stringent restrictions of cotton bales export even on cotton yarn and cotton waste was to favor textile mills and garment industries of south India who paid thousand crore as graft to then Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and there are documentary evidences of ill-intended decisions taken by textile ministry in last six months and we demand C.B.I. probe to this “Cotton Export Ban Scam” kishore tiwari of Vidarbha Janandoaln Samiti urged Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to in letter today.

“In letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh on 24th may 2011 ,vidarbha cotton farmers raised the demand of sack Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran when textile minister was not responding to letters written by union agriculture minister ,union commerce minister, chief ministers Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra and Karnataka and delayed the decision of lifting cotton export limit from 55 lakhs bales to 65 lakhs bales as against demand of minimum 100 lakhs bales .we have strong case against the Ex-Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and ready to submit all proof of mega corruption to C.B.I. if PMO direct the CBI for the same .if PMO fails to take any action the we will move Mumbai high court Nagpur bench for relief ”Tiwari added.

Earlier VJAS wrote to PMO iN MAY-2011 requesting him to look in issue of cotton price sudden crash in India and reports more 300 farmers suicides in dying field of vidarbha which is result of unholy cartel of finger counting textile tycoon and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran backed union home minister P.Chidambram which is responsible for present cotton rowers crisis in India ,farm activist group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS allged and urged indaina prime minister to sack Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran to save more than 5 million dying cotton farmers of Maharashtra ,Kishore Tiwari added

“Cotton prices have increased from Rs 30000/candy in april 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately Spinners increased the price of yarn from rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011. increase of Rs 80 per kg which reflects in cotton value to Rs 30000/per candy minimum. Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial an stage managed and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran is directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

‘As Cotton is an agricultural commodity and higher the prices farmers get, they will be encouraged to produce more and more of cotton and when Cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lac bales to 330 lac bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least

lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt policies.” It is alleged.

‘We need the urgent C.B.I. probe in all ill-managed decisions enforcing qunatitaive restriction on cotton bales.cotton yarns and cotton waste taken by Maran as textile minister and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn too so that farmers get higher price to cotton ‘’Tiwari urged.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mihan's flight delayed by 10 years-TIMES OF INDIA

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Mihan's flight delayed by 10 years

NAGPUR: MADC is expecting some action soon at the special economic zone (SEZ) in Mihan cargo hub, however, some see it as flogging a dead horse.

The Mihan project being developed by MADC is divided into two parts - a SEZ and a cargo hub. The 1,400 hectare hub was planned with the view that Nagpur is in the country's centre, so it can emerge as a nodal point for cargo movement, especially by air. The 2,086 hectare SEZ is also based on this theory.

Voluntary organization Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) had mooted the idea of making Nagpur an air cargo hub in mid-1990s. It envisaged international flights from all directions, presently overflying Nagpur, landing here. The planes would redistribute cargo and fly back, with the air cargo hub supported by rail and road facilities.

However, it took a decade-and-a-half for the project to take off, and now even those in VED admit that the theory of aircraft overflying Nagpur landing here may no longer hold ground. The concept of a multi-modal cargo hub needs a change, they accept.

Over the last few years, MADC's focus has been on the SEZ and not the cargo hub, from which the name multi-modal international hub airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) was derived.

Devendra Parekh, president VED, says a lot has changed from when the project was conceived in 1997. The original theory could have worked those days, when short distance flights were used. With long-haul flights today, there is no need to land at a middle point like Nagpur.

A team of VED members had then visited Singapore to study a similar set-up, on which Mihan was conceived. Flying to Nagpur would have required less fuel, so more cargo could have been carried on planes, and then flown further in a different aircraft. With long haul flights in place, this may not be needed now, since direct flights are no longer a hassle, said Parekh.

Today, Mihan can be projected as an estate with ample land for industries to set up a unit. With industries facing land acquisition problems, like in Noida and Singur, Mihan still has a chance to come up as a road and rail terminal hub, he added.

However, the work on the rail and road terminal has been stopped by the company which had bagged the contract. It has been over a year since Nagpur Sical Gupta Logistics Limited stopped building the rail and road terminal. It backed out saying there was no assurance of any cargo being generated in Mihan. The company feared it will build the terminal and there would be no cargo to handle, leading to a dead investment.

Padmesh Gupta, a director with the company, said efforts are underway with the help of associations like VED and VIA to revive the project. Meetings have been planned with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan as well as BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

Meanwhile, Deccan 360, which had formally inaugurated its air cargo hub at Nagpur with much pomp two years ago, is yet to start it in a full-fledged manner. Deccan's cargo planes were supposed to land in Nagpur. However, the company continues to transport its cargo through other airlines operating from the city.

After Mihan Airport Limited (MIL), a joint venture of MADC and AAI, was formed, it was planned to redevelop the airport at a cost of Rs 63 crore. MIL is yet to get the money from the government, said a source. Finances have been a major constraint since the airport already has huge accumulated losses, they added.

All hope now rests on the strategic third partner that may be roped in for the project. Last month, Ernst and Young was appointed as consultant for advising the company in scouting for a partner. The new partner is expected to bring in the much needed equity for the venture.

UPS Madan, vice-chairman-cum-managing director of MADC, said after ensuring investors in SEZ start functioning, the focus would now be on the cargo hub. A decision may also be taken on Nagpur Sical Gupta Logistics, which has stopped work.

On roping in the third partner, Madan said no decision has been taken so far. "MADC will first go through the consultant's report and then decide its strategy on the partner. There is no immediate plan to review the entire concept of the cargo hub on the grounds that air cargo may now be outdated," he said.

Vilas Kale, former president of VED who was involved in conceiving Mihan, says that despite the changes in the type of aircraft the idea need not be given up yet. "Not all airlines have shifted to long-haul aircraft. Moreover, VED has also suggested that 50 acres of the SEZ should be de-notified to attract industries which may generate cargo. They need not be export oriented units," he added.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

In debt-ridden Vidarbha, a battle brews-INDIAN EXPRESS


In debt-ridden Vidarbha, a battle brews

Vivek Deshpande Posted online: Sun Jun 19 2011, 03:44 hrs
Nagpur : A strong anti-liquor c
ampaign is brewing in rural Vidarbha, with women leading from the front. Sizeable women’s rallies at many places, a stubborn response by the liquor lobby, and the murder of a woman activist have combined to make this one heady campaign.

Putting their weight behind this agitation are Vidarbha’s farm activists who now agree that liquor is one of the main distress-causing factors in the region.

Paromita Goswami, a social activist running Shramik Elgar, an NGO at Mul in Vidarbha’s Chandrapur district, has been fighting a low-intensity battle against liquor in Chandrapur’s villages for the past 10 years. “We work among rural women who have to bear the brunt of their husbands’ liquor addiction. Liquor has ravaged the villages socially and financially. We have known instances of school kids being addicted too. We have managed to get liquor vends shut through

women’s power. But isolated efforts are not so effective and we have increasingly felt the

need to turn this into a mass movement by women,” she says.

Goswami has been joined by leading farm activist Kishore Tiwari, whose Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti has been fighting for farmers’ rights. “People tend to go to extremities in distress and liquor takes its toll in these circumstances,” he says.

Tiwari cites a report by Yavatmal Collector Sanjay Deshmukh who says liquor consumption in the district has grown exponentially in the last five years.

According to official statistics, consumption of liquor in Yavatmal district, the most suicide-prone district in Vidarbha, has increased from over 8 lakh litres in 2005-6 to about 15 lakh litres in 2010-11. Of this, the sale of country liquor has increased from 6 lakh litres to 10 lakh litres.

Incidentally, the last five years were when the government poured in crores of rupees into Vidarbha’s agrarian belt, gave fresh loans to farmers and waived off their debts.

Two years ago, even the mention of liquor being one of the reasons for farm distress would invite huge backlash. Health activist Abhay Bang had been criticised when he said all efforts at helping farmers would be in vain if the problem of liquor addiction wasn’t solved. Bang, who has fought many battles against liquor in Gadchiroli, is a member of a committee set up recently by the state government to suggest ways to tackle the issue.

“Chandrapur district consumed 1.56 crore litres in 2010, which is next only to Mumbai in population-consumption ratio. Who is paying the price for it? Women and children. Liquor is a very potent means of exploitation in villages with inebriated and debt-ridden farmers getting alienated from their lands. Often, farm hands are paid in liquor instead of wages,” says Goswami.

At Golewadi village in Bhandara district of the region, 40-year old Meenakshi Dahiwale was choked to death by Sumitra Madavi, an illicit-liquor brewer, about two months ago when she had gone along with a women’s delegation to raid the shop.

“All the surrounding villages have enforced prohibition. A lot of young boys, too, had got hooked on to liquor. So, we had decided to force a ban. Most of brewers in our village fell in line, but Sumitra and her husband Sanjay Vaidya won’t give up,” says Golewadi Bachat Gat president Manjira Dahiwale.

The liquor lobby is fighting back. The Chandrapur District Liquor Association took out a huge rally of over 12,000 people in the city, opposing the demand for prohibition in Chandrapur. “We included all liquor shop owners, their employees, families and others who run small eateries near liquor shops. What we are saying is, don’t single out Chandrapur, ban liquor in the entire state,” says Deepak Jaiswal, NCP city unit president and leader of the rally. Himself a liquor trader, Jaiswal argues, “Chandrapur is the most industrialised district in Vidarbha. Also, there is tiger tourism here. If people in Mumbai and Pune can have liquor, why not those in Chandrapur? And where would all these people whose lives are dependent on the business go?”

Tiwari says, “Politicians have a vested interest as many of them are in the alcohol business. So, they will always support it. But I agree that the ban should be not in isolated places. I feel we can start by banning it in the six most suicide-prone, farm-crisis districts of west Vidarbha.”

Bang suggests a multi-pronged approach. “We need to run different long-term programmes simultaneously. Along with reducing the availability and production of liquor, we also need to initiate serious efforts of preventive education against its ill-effects,” he says.

NCP leader Jaiswal points out that even if liquor is banned, tribals, who traditionally brew and consume liquor at home, will continue to do so. Goswami counters this and says, “It’s a wrong perception. Tribals used to have it only during special occasions. In the changed socio-economic situation, it has affected them too.”