VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI –

REGD. OFFICE: 11, TRISARAN SOCIETY, KHAMALA, NAGPUR – 440 025.
PH. 2282447/457 MOBILE-9422108846. vidarbha@gmail.com

REF: – FARMER’S SUICIDES
DATED-18th June, 2007

Ø HUNDERES OF FARMERS STARTED DHARANA AGITATION BEFORE BANK FOR FRESH CROP A S BANKS REFUSED TO GIVE FRESH  CREDIT TO  FARMERS IN VIDARBHA .
MOHAN DHARIA SUPPORT VIDARBHA FARMERS LOAN WAIVER STIR
NAGPUR-18th June 2007

HUNDREDS  OF FARMERS STARTED AGITATION FOR FRESH CROP LOAN

The reported decision of NABARD that “The decline in credit allocation targets is surprising in the context of Centre’s directives to banks to double flow of credit to the agriculture sector in three years starting 2004-05,” VJAS leader kishor tiwari informed .vidarbha farmers wills strongly protest and we will not only restore credit outlay to Rs.3, 300 crore but will have loan waiver too, kishor tiwari added.

Hundreds  farmers of Yavatmal distt. started DHARANA AGITATION before Central Bank of India  Pandharkawada Branch in Yavatmal District demanding fresh crop loan to every defaulter farmers will over due loan waiver,Kishor Tiwari said.

It is complete injustice with west dying cotton farmers as most of the growth in priority sector lending has gone to districts in Western Maharashtra and Marathwada, largely due to SHARAD PAWAR NCP base regions as compared to Vidarbha. For instance, Pune gets a 91% rise in its credit allocation target. NABARD is acting against the   agriculture sector plan for six districts of Vidarbha was prepared based on the last three years’ trend though an upward revision of Rs 1,275 crore was made specially under the PM’s relief package during 2006-07.
“The PM’s package, among other factors, rightly appreciated lack of an extensive network of formal credit in Vidarbha as one of the root causes of suicides. Cutting down on credit allocations for this reason amounts to punishing Vidarbha for being chosen for the PM’s package, now cotton farmers are left at mercy of private money Leander inviting more farm suicides.

Now time has come for separating vidarbha state from maharashtra due complete contrast in fiscal condition and increasing backlog of region and we will press this demand in future too if we are being neglected and forced to kill ourselves ,kishor tiwari added.

CREDIT IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF RECENT SUICIDES
As bankers have stopped giving fresh crop loan and drop down the credit facility by 40% as per NABARD order ,debt starved cotton farmers are killing themselves, Kishor Tiwati Vidarbha Jan adndolan Samiti informed today.

When Indian finance minister submitted his annual budget for year 2007-08, it was warmly welcomed as “agriculture budget” but in result as per order of NABARD bankers association has taken decision to suddenly drop down the credit outlay for vidarbha cotton farmers .as reported the credit bonanza for farmers in Vidarbha seems to be over. After aggressive lending in the previous fiscal, the credit allocation targets set under the annual credit plan for 2007-08 for six districts of Vidarbha show a steep decline. Incidentally, these are the districts that have been reporting maximum farm suicides and where farmers’ dependence on illegal money-lenders has been one of the root causes .

Credit lending targets for six districts have been revised downwards compared to last year, as per recent decision of bankers association. In 2005-06 fiscal, banks disbursed credit of Rs 765 crore in six districts. But thanks to the PM’s package, the crop credit shot up to Rs 2,033 crore in the last fiscal. The current plan, however, allocates only Rs 1,683 crore for crop credit For instance, Yavatmal district, which has reported maximum suicides, has been earmarked a target of only Rs 434.96 crore which is almost a 30% decline from its 2006-07 target. Washim district shows a decline of 41%, Akola 36%, and Buldhana 38%, against the previous fiscal’s targets. District credit plans have been finalised on the basis of broad guidelines prepared by NABARD.

MOHAN DHARIA SUPPORT VIDARBHA FARMERS LOAN WAIVER STIR
veteran Gandhian leader mohan dharia has in letter to VJAS  supported vidarbha Cotton farmers stir for fresh credit and complete loan waiver in fact he was indefinite fast last year and Maharashtra govt. promised to fulfill is demands but then back out.VJAS leader has announced that next step of agitation will be held before bank of maharashtra patan branch on 2nd july 2007, release added.

Kishor Tiwari
President
Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti
Email : vidarbha@gmail.com
Contact – 094221 08846

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Respected Dr. ManmohanSinghji

Prime Minister Government of India,
New Delhi,

Camp Waifad – Wardha

Subject :- To stop the suicides of food producer exploitation of raw material must be stopped.  Respected Sir,    

Hearty welcome to  Waifad and thanks for your kind gesture to visit us.     Food producer is not only committing suicides in
Maharashtra but also in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and irrigated agriculture belt of Punjab & Hariyana. Why?

Why is rate of suicides more after 1994? Why does the number of suicides by cash crop like cotton, coffee and black peppers producers exceed? ( Whatever letters I have written to you in this regard are attached herewith)   

Let me quote here that farmers- to which ever region they belong– who are not committing suicide are living just because they are not dying.   Prof M.S.Swaminatahn the Hon. Chairman of National Framers Commission constituted by government of India itself visited our region. Cognizance of his recommendations is not at all taken by government. He had recommended Rs 550 / quintal advance bonus taking into account  huge trade distorting subsidies  to American cotton producers. Even that is not done. We request you to fulfill  this demand of ours.   

Respected Sir, farmers suicide rate increased after 1994 because since then we integrated our economy to that of the high cost economy of the world. Cost of living increased because of the devaluation of rupee and hike in the petroleum prices. Organized  salaried class /city dwellers were given economic cushioning by implementing the fifth pay commission. But the village farmers and farm labourers were forced to live in the low cost economy. After 1994 cost of living increased, cost of production increased but the market prices of crops have decreased. This altogether have increased the loan on farmers and no way left to repay it. It has pushed farmers towards suicides.    

First decade of the free market economy has failed and increased the exploitation of  Indian farmers. I expressed the same thoughts in front of Pascal Lamy, Chairman WTO. In 1994 price of per pound of cotton lint in the international market was 1US$&10cents. After 1997 it came down to 40cents. American farmer doesn’t commit suicide but Indian farmer does! The reason is that America gives huge subsidy, more than 14000 crores of rupees per year to its cotton growers. WTO has failed to bring down these subsidies.
India has imported 110 lakh cotton bales, a record import, from 1997 to 2004. Import duty on cotton is just 10%.
  

Dear Sir, Why did the Korean farmer kill himself in front of the ministerial meeting of WTO at Cancun? Why did he say “WTO IS A KILLER”? To tell you these facts is like showing a torch to the sun.   While my stay in
Vietnam I was interviewed by a government newspaper there. Copy of that interview is also attached with.
With reference to all this, an economic policy must be framed in such a manner that it will not only  be beneficial to the farmers of Vidarbha but of to the farmers of  the  whole Nation.    According to the Constitution of India agriculture is the state government’s subject but all the important decisions regarding agriculture as given below are taken by the central government.

I)   To fix the minimum support price of crops

II)  To frame the import and export policy

III) To frame the credit policy   

And when something goes wrong Central government kicks us to State government and State government towards Central government ! Farmer is treated just like a football!!
Maharashtra state government’s package for 2005-2006 could not save lives of hundreds of farmers. I am very sorry to state that this package has been given by the intention of making fools of all of us. First of all Maharashtra government spread the feeling of hopelessness amongst the farmers by canceling the  advance bonus on cotton that was given for so many years, thus it saved it’s 1100 crore rupees. Then it declared the package of 1075 crore rupees which consists of 750 crore rupees collected from us farmers only. Government gave us only 261 crore rupees, and that too after snatching away 1100 crore rupees (advance bonus)from us! Isn’t that a foul play? And injustice in altogether?

Package also said about the reconstitution of loans which is not implemented properly. We agree with elimination of private money lenders from the system. But if banks do not give us loans in time, on whom will we rely upon?    Credit must be  reconstituted and credit limits be increased. But capacity of the farmer to repay the loans must be increased and that can be done only if the farmer gets right price for his produce. You are an economist and I a base farmer, I agree.

But very politely Sir, let me mention that 70% population in this country does not have the paying capacity to purchase food for itself. Will it be fair then to say that farmer will get price for his produce in the prevailing system?    It is the need of the hour to reinstate in the farmers heart the confidence regarding the system.   

We want you to consider only the following four demands at this moment. 1)   Waive loans upto 25000 rupees. 2)    Increase the loan repayment capacity of farmers by giving right price for agriculture produce. Hence impose 60% import duty on cotton and unless America stops subsidies to it’s cotton growers give subsidy for cotton exports 3)   Promote dry land crop like Jowar by giving 1000 rupees / acre subsidy for Jowar. 4)   Disparity amongst cities and villages is increasing. India is heading to become SUPER INDIA and Bharat is coming down to the level of
Ethiopia
. To stop this, include farm labourer in 6th pay commission. Tune up the wages of farm labourer to that of the minimum salary of government employee and include this in the CACP’s process of fixing minimum support price for crops. Intervene in such a manner that those prices we get in the market. 
 Gandhiji wanted an India with DIGNITY OF LABOUR. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar said that politics should be an instrument to help men and women to live the life like that of humankind. You yourself say that the new economic system should have a human face.  All the best to you! And thank you!! Vijay Jawandhia

Shetkari Sanghatana   Maharashtra  

Waifad Memorandum :

Respected Dr. ManmohanSinghjiPrime MinisterGovernment of India,
New Delhi,
Camp Waifad-WardhaSubject:- To stop the suicides of food producer exploitation of raw material must be stopped. 

Respected Sir,     Hearty welcome to  Waifad and thanks for your kind gesture to visit us.     Food producer is not only committing suicides in
Maharashtra but also in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and irrigated agriculture belt of Punjab & Hariyana. Why? Why is rate of suicides more after 1994? Why does the number of suicides by cash crop like cotton, coffee and black peppers producers exceed?
( Whatever letters I have written to you in this regard are attached herewith)    Let me quote here that farmers- to which ever region they belong- who are not committing suicide are living just because they are not dying.   Prof M.S.Swaminatahn the Hon. Chairman of National Framers Commission constituted by government of
India itself visited our region. Cognizance of his recommendations is not at all taken by government. He had recommended 550Rs/quintal advance bonus taking into account  huge trade distorting subsidies  to American cotton producers. Even that is not done. We request you to fulfill  this demand of ours.
    Respected Sir, farmers suicide rate increased after 1994 because since then we integrated our economy to that of the high cost economy of the world. Cost of living increased because of the devaluation of rupee and hike in the petroleum prices. Organized  salaried class /city dwellers were given economic cushioning by implementing the fifth pay commission. But the village farmers and farm labourers were forced to live in the low cost economy. After 1994 cost of living increased, cost of production increased but the market prices of crops have decreased. This altogether have increased the loan on farmers and no way left to repay it. It has pushed farmers towards suicides.     First decade of the free market economy has failed and increased the exploitation of  Indian farmers. I expressed the same thoughts in front of Pascal Lamy, Chairman WTO. In 1994 price of per pound of cotton lint in the international market was 1US$&10cents. After 1997 it came down to 40cents. American farmer doesn’t commit suicide but Indian farmer does! The reason is that
America gives huge subsidy, more than 14000 crores of rupees per year to its cotton growers. WTO has failed to bring down these subsidies.
India has imported 110 lakh cotton bales, a record import, from 1997 to 2004. Import duty on cotton is just 10%.
   Dear Sir, Why did the Korean farmer kill himself in front of the ministerial meeting of WTO at
Cancun? Why did he say “WTO IS A KILLER”? To tell you these facts is like showing a torch to the sun.
   While my stay in
Vietnam I was interviewed by a government newspaper there. Copy of that interview is also attached with.
With reference to all this, an economic policy must be framed in such a manner that it will not only  be beneficial to the farmers of Vidarbha but of to the farmers of  the  whole Nation.    According to the Constitution of India agriculture is the state government’s subject but all the important decisions regarding agriculture as given below are taken by the central government.I)   To fix the minimum support price of cropsII)  To frame the import and export policyIII) To frame the credit policy   And when something goes wrong Central government kicks us to State government and State government towards Central government! Farmer is treated just like a football!!
Maharashtra state government’s package for 2005-2006 could not save lives of hundreds of farmers. I am very sorry to state that this package has been given by the intention of making fools of all of us. First of all Maharashtra government spread the feeling of hopelessness amongst the farmers by canceling the  advance bonus on cotton that was given for so many years, thus it saved it’s 1100 crore rupees. Then it declared the package of 1075 crore rupees which consists of 750 crore rupees collected from us farmers only. Government gave us only 261 crore rupees, and that too after snatching away 1100 crore rupees (advance bonus)from us! Isn’t that a foul play? And injustice in altogether?
Package also said about the reconstitution of loans which is not implemented properly. We agree with elimination of private money lenders from the system. But if banks do not give us loans in time, on whom will we rely upon?    Credit must be  reconstituted and credit limits be increased. But capacity of the farmer to repay the loans must be increased and that can be done only if the farmer gets right price for his produce. You are an economist and I a base farmer, I agree. But very politely Sir, let me mention that 70% population in this country does not have the paying capacity to purchase food for itself. Will it be fair then to say that farmer will get price for his produce in the prevailing system?    It is the need of the hour to reinstate in the farmers heart the confidence regarding the system.    We want you to consider only the following four demands at this moment.1)   Waive loans upto 25000 rupees.2)    Increase the loan repayment capacity of farmers by giving right price for agriculture produce. Hence impose 60% import duty on cotton and unless
America stops subsidies to it’s cotton growers give subsidy for cotton exports
3)   Promote dry land crop like Jowar by giving 1000 rupees/acre subsidy for Jowar.4)   Disparity amongst cities and villages is increasing. India is heading to become SUPER INDIA and Bharat is coming down to the level of
Ethiopia. To stop this, include farm labourer in 6th pay commission. Tune up the wages of farm labourer to that of the minimum salary of government employee and include this in the CACP’s process of fixing minimum support price for crops. Intervene in such a manner that those prices we get in the market. 
 Gandhiji wanted an
India with DIGNITY OF LABOUR. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar said that politics should be an instrument to help men and women to live the life like that of humankind. You yourself say that the new economic system should have a human face.
  All the best to you! And thank you!! 

Vijay JawandhiaShetkari Sanghatana