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१९९५ पासून २०११ पर्यंत सरकारी आकड्यांनुसार २.९० लाख शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 2nd September 2012

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देशात १९९५ पासून २०११ पर्यंत सरकारी आकड्यांनुसार २.९० लाख शेतकऱ्यांनी आत्महत्या केल्या आहेत. (Article in English). ह्या सरकारी आकड्यांमध्ये शेतमजूर, महिला शेतकरी ह्यांचा समावेश नाही.

ह्यात महाराष्ट्र राज्यामध्ये सर्वात जास्त म्हणजेच ५७८१८ आत्महत्या झाल्या, त्यानंतर क्रमांक येतो तो म्हणजे आंध्र प्रदेश, कर्नाटक आणि मध्य प्रदेश राज्यांचा. (Article in English)

भारतीय शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या आणि अति प्रभावित राज्ये – इंग्रजी मध्ये आत्महत्यांचा तक्ता

जय भारत!

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Dont be mute spectators to Farmers Killing like Nero’s Guests

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 27th March 2011

Came across following articles  Time to coccon our silk farmers… and Techies chip in to help farmers..

Raw silk prices plummeted from Rs.350/Kg to Rs.120/Kg in local market when import duty on raw Silk reduced to 5% from 31% in recent Union Budget 2011. Due to this irritating decision sericulture farmers who were already facing the drop in prices got frustrated. And then Swami Gowda, 35, and his 20-year-old wife Indramma, both silk farmers, committed suicide in Valageredoddi, Halagur, in Mandya district, leaving behind three children.
Swami had taken a loan of Rs 2.5 lakh and was paying 30% interest as no bank had given him a crop loan.
This calls to check how much tax reduction is given to corporates and guaranteed income earners:
In order to help corporate houses government exempted tax of Rs.79554Cr. This includes Corporate Income tax, Personal Income Tax, Export Duty exemption.
This looks like government is helping one entrepreneur at the expense of other. Which is not at all accepted.
“The Central government  should immediately withdraw its resolution regarding the duty-free import of silk,” they demanded.
Lakhs (16.5Lakhs) of silk farmers and reelers are dependent on sericulture industry for their livelihood. Farmers who are already leading precarious existence will be shattered with the implementation of duty-free import of silk, the protesters said.
Instead both the Centre and State governments should ensure scientific price for cocoons, they urged.
Warning indefinite strike against duty-free import of silk, silk farmers and reelers on Tuesday here submitted a memorandum to Additional Director of Sericulture Nagesh.
“Lakhs of families are dependent on sericulture industry. As a result, the Central government should impose 50 per cent import duty on silk. A price ranging from Rs 350 to 400 should be fixed for per kg of cocoon. Also, raw silk produced by reelers should be paid Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000,” the protesters demanded.
We hope people like Mr. Narayanmurthy and Nandan Nilakeni we will not remain mute spectators and Nero’s Guests to the killing of people, and making children orphans, especially devastating a huge community of 16.5 lakh people and their families just 100 kilometers away from Bangalore while the same policy enables us to enjoy the malls, highways and volvo buses.
Mr. Murthy and Mr. Nilekani are you listening?  Or Mr Murthy busy dreaming about Presidency?
Related post:
Jai Kisan.

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Why Farmers Commit suicide

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 26th March 2011

I came across various assumptions, facts and ignorance about the causes of farmer suicides. It is really very sad on the part of Bharat Sarkar (GOI) and state governments that they have not yet dug into the root cause of the issue. They are busy creating a feel good environment by declaring loan waiver, subsidies and some immediate help.

The government will go to the victim’s house will declare Rs. 100000/200000 or whatever moderate amount enough for a year or two. If that is the case then why not to give such money in advance than later?

Basically we, as responsible citizens, need to question the government and representatives about the suicide reports and reasons of suicide. If a single farmer suicide in NY, USA makes whole country upset and does a primary study with suggestions, then why we, Bharatiya, don’t consider this?

Do you care for us?

Aren’t we aware of that more than 200000 (2 lakh) farmers (Only those who have 7/12 & 8A in their name; women and farm labors aren’t farmers as per government rules.) have committed suicide since 1995?

Saddest part is that our media is not reporting this with correct statistics and facts. The news is rather suppressed to telecast breaking stories of cricket, bollywood and politicians 24X7.

There were more than 16400 suicides in the year of 2008 amidst all loan waivers and subsidies. And after the bad wether conditions of 2009 the number has grown to 17000.

Isn’t this frustrating that even after Rs.72000Cr loan waiver farmers are still committing suicide and the rate is growing. But to solve such problems first our government has to accept that there is a problem, which they are not accepting. Manish Tiwari say that increase in suicide count because of “Systematic issue and need to blame anybody”, in short govt is ducking the responsibility.

(Being a farmer I’ve seen it closely) Here is what I think about the reasons of farmer suicides:

  1. Consistently failing crops
    • Costly and less productive seeds (BT/GM?)
    • Water scarcity
    • (forced) Chemical fertilizers usage
    • Electricity problems
  2. Large cost of seeding and cultivation
  3. Panchnama (Inspection) by government officials after natural/man made calamity
  4. Transportation problems
  5. Storage and Preservation problems.
  6. No guarantee of rates (at the hands of dalals/agents) of farm produce
  7. Insufficient and ineffective food processing facilities
  8. Politics of agriculture produce (Globalization, reduced import duty)
  9. GM/BT effect
    • Seed companies killed local seed variants with the help of state machinery
    • Seed bag prices increased to exploit the need after killing local variants
    • Water scarcity increased after using GM/BT seeds, as such crops need more water

I’ll try to elaborate each and every point with evidences and possible statistics. Will also try to get some testimonials of farmers and write follow-up posts.

Please send me your comments, suggestions and corrections…

जय भारत!!

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