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WE ARE HAPPY TO KNOW TO SEE THE REPORT PUBLISHED IN THE NATIONAL DAILY TIMES OF INDIA THAT
Impact of Vidarbha package soon'
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday expressed confidence that his economic package for debt burdened Vidarbha farmers would make an impact within the next few months.
"I am sure the situation will change within 2-3 months,'' the PM said at his residence.
Concerned over the spurt in farmers' suicides in the distressed region even after his announcement of a massive package in July, the PM said it would take some time for the impact of his intervention to be felt. "The committee I set up is working to alleviate the farmers' plight,'' he said. The news of more than 100 suicides in August came as a shock to the PMO.
BUT OTHER NATIONAL DAILY HINDUSTAN TIMES REPORTED WHICH VERY SHOCKING FACT THAT
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Nagpur, September 1, 2006
No amount of relief measures seem to stem the tide of suicides in Vidarbha. Five more farmers have taken their lives in the last 24 hours.
According to reports reaching here on Thursday, two farmers ended their lives in Buldhana district while one each died in Yavatmal, Akola, Washim and Nagpur districts. The reasons are uncannily similar. They didn't have the money to sow seeds after saplings were washed away by rain that lashed the region last month.
The farmers who have committed suicides were: Baburao Gore of Hitoda, Ramdas Jadhav of Kolwad (both in Buldhana district), Premdas Domaji Bagde of Mangrul (Yavatmal), Kalim Sheikh of Khetri (Akola) and Damodar Ramkrishna Kudamati of Bhorgarh in Nagpur district.
With this, the suicide toll has risen from 41 in 2001 to 807 in the current kharif season. The recent torrential rains has worsened the situation, with crops being washed away in many places.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, said as many as 205 farmers, disappointed with the relief package rolled out by the PM, have taken the drastic step after his visit to Vidarbha.
With these deaths, the toll has now reached 807 in the current kharif season.
The situation was further aggravated by the recent torrential rains that not only killed several but also damaged fields, washing away the first sowing at many places in the region.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, who has been documenting farmer suicides in the region, said that as many as 205 farmers have taken the drastic step since Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh visited Vidarbha on July 1 this year. Singh had announced an economic package of Rs 3,750 crore to bail out the debt-ridden farmers. However, with the aid package failing to solve the most pressing problems of debt-ridden farmers, more suicides are taking place, Tiwari said.
WE ARE VERY MUCH DISTURBED HAVING SEEN THE REPORT PUBLISHED BY DAILY LOKMAT NAGPUR THAT ACCORDING SMT.PRABHA RAU MPCC PRESIDENT,S LETTER GIVEN TO YOU THAT SINGLE PAISE HAS BEEN SPENT AS ON TODAY AND VIDARBHA FARMERS ARE DIALY COMMITTING SUICIDES AWAITING THE RELIEF AID.
HON,BLE PRIME MINISTERJI YOU ARE KINDLY REQUESTED REVISIT VIDARBHA AND SEE THE PRESENT SITUATION OF FARMERS AS MORE THAN 200 FARMERS COMMITTED IN LAST 60 DAYS WHICH HIGHEST IN THIS AGRARIAN CRISIS SINCE 2001.
THANKING YOU ,
YOURS FAITH FULLY,
VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI