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Helping hand

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 14th April 2011

Former DGP A.N.Roy embarked on a mission to support farmer’s widows:

“Certainly, it is a difficult task. We have drafted an ambitious rehabilitation plan for the widows. Financial assistance will be provided by the NGOs and also my own fund. On Monday, we handed over cheques of a nominal amount to 90 widows from Wardha district,” Roy told TOI. He said by doing this, he was merely trying to understand the plight of framers in the Vidarbha region. “We are not claiming to rehabilitate all the farmers in distress, but our effort will at least take care of those widows who are now steeped in poverty,” he added.
 

Courtesy: VidarbhaCrisis.blogspot.com

Good to know that people are taking up the issue. Though the cause wont be changed with such efforts but it would definitely give some relief to diseased. And Mr. Roy understand that too. More power to him.

I came across above above news from Vidarbha Crisis blog. This blog has been doing the great service of informing Vidarbha farmer related updates. Kudos to Kishore Tiwari.

Jai Bharat!

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Once upon a time…

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 9th October 2010

 

courtesy: criticalstew.org

 

While getting regular updates on “Farmer’s Suicides” I realized at least 2 suicides reported in media (many go unnoticed or covered up by Govt agencies, as suicide rate accepted by NCRB is 1 suicide every 30 minutes, which do not include farm labours and women farmers). The time may not far, if suicides continue at this pace, when we will be telling next generation that “Once upon a time Bharat was a Farmers (an extinct species now) nation”

Govt, Human Rights activists, secularists feel agitated (PM loses his sleep, 1, 2) when there is unrest in a particular community due to self-created mess. But the same HR, Govt, (lame-duck) PM, pseudo-secularists are so ignorant and unmoved even after 200000+ suicides by farmers across the nation. (Interestingly the leading states on the suicide chart are either Congress led or in past had their govt for long time, ironically no one is pointing a finger towards them neither questioning their ability). Society either is no different, except some futile efforts here and there by few person,

 

Who care for us? Courtesy: sanjayswadesh.blogspot.com

 

Following are few examples to see the gravity and voracity of the problems.

… A debt-ridden cotton farmer allegedly committed suicide in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, police said today. …  in Veernapalli village … Kamatam Chandraiah (41) consumed an insecticide when heavy rains destroyed two acres of cotton crops, they said. Unable to repay the debts, the farmer took the extreme step and died on his way to the hospital, police said. Financiers had been demanding dues of Rs 1.5 lakh from Chandraiah for some time now, police added. Read more

There is just another to this.

The farmer Kalia Beriha, 22, resident of Tenganpali village, some 460 km from here, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree Wednesday near his crop field, ….  He had taken a loan of Rs.45,000 from a local bank in the name of his father. He was under pressure after he didn’t repay it …. Read more

There one more very frustrating episode.

Jitu Bagdi is one of the three farmers — Yunus Sheikh and Gosai Das Patra being the two others — who have killed themselves in Ausgram in Burdwan district, which is also known as “Bengal’s granary.

Jitu’s widow, Rupa, whom I met recently, described her husband as quiet and honest. Munmun, his slip of a daughter, told me how, on returning from school, she had found her father writhing on the mud floor, frothing from the mouth. Barely conscious, he had asked Munmun not to raise the alarm, and instructed her that she and her brother should eat what their mother could give after he died. [This last statement shook to the core. I’m collapsed after seeing the tragedy. for CWG govt spent Rs 70000 crores which could have solved the farmer’s problems once and for all]

If farmers of “Bengal’s Granary” are witnessing this fate then least can be said about rest of the nation.

Farmers in Burdwan, one of the 11 districts that have been declared drought-affected by the state government, have been inconvenienced further by the near-absence of irrigation facilities. One other reason, crucial to the three deaths in my view, was, however, underreported: the role that moneylenders and other dubious credit institutions play in farmer suicides. Rupa, who is ineligible for compensation under the widow pension scheme because she is under 40, had mentioned that after his crops failed, Jitu, a sharecropper, had been worried about repaying the sum — “Rs 32,000 at a monthly interest of 10 per cent” — that he had borrowed in the last two years. Creditors came calling often, and Jitu had been troubled by the thought of his family’s honor being sullied. Read more

If we look at the gravity of  issues and respective reports then we can easily make out reasons:

  1. Drought (Burdwan district)

  2. Excessive rain (Karimnagar district)

  3. Unable to repay loans due to regular crop failure (these are the visible symptoms of disease)

  4. Highest lending rates (8% per year for new home and 10% per month for farmers)

  5. Harassment for repayment (dubious institutions and pvt money lenders)

  6. Lack of awareness about available facilities and schemes due to red tapeism in bureaucracy.

  7. Micro finance institutes are also creating death trap instead of easing the burden. Their lending rates are from 24-36% per year. (I’ve firsthand experience of such MFIs and SHGs from my native village. These institutes, mostly run by politicians, get loan from govt at the rate from 4-8% per annum. A classic example of exploitation at the hands of politicians in name of development?)

What to make out of such suicides deaths (daylight murders?). Ruling class and  elites are not at all interested.

Solution:

  1. I propose to start a MFI which shall give loans to the farmers who will allow us to work with them on their farms.

  2. Farmers can avail consultation from us for cultivation with no extra cost.

  3. Modern agricultural techniques shall be provided.

  4. Only stringent norm shall be, to sell their crop through us at the market price or even at higher price (This will be given in a written guarantee. The quality check process shall be used to gauze quality of produce)

  5. The lending rate shall be no more than 1% per month reducing.

  6. All of the loans must be insured under various Govt, private insurance schemes.

  7. Eligibility shall be decided on crop and cultivation area basis.

Need an expert advice for above solution, please come forward to start analysis, planning for smooth and effective implementation of above solution.

कृषितोनास्ति दुर्भिक्षं- Dearth of Agriculture is Famine

Open for suggestions/comments.

Apeal:

If you feel interested then please be updated, stand up and take the pledge that you’ll join the forces by whatever way its possible for you.

P.S. Just liking/sharing the post or shading tears will not help (you must if you feel but) , please, help aggressively because these are the people who produces daily meal for us. We must care for them.

While getting regular updates “Farmer’s Suicides” I realized there are at least 2 suicides reported in media (many go unnoticed or covered up by Govt agencies, as suicide rate is 1 each 30 minutes)

Govt, Human Rights activists, seculars feel agitated (PM loses his sleep) whenever there is unrest in a particular community due to self created mess. But the same HR, Govt, (lame-duck) PM, pseudo-seculars are so ignorant and unmoved even after 200000+ suicides by farmers across the nation. (Interestingly the leading states on the suicide chart (http://krishidesh.com/2010/01/11/farmers-deserve-life/) are either Congress led or in past had their govt for long time, ironically no one is pointing a finger towards them neither questioning their ability). Society either is no different, except some futile efforts here and there by individuals,

Following are few examples to see the gravity and voracity of the problems.

… A debt-ridden cotton farmer allegedly committed suicide in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, police said today. …  in Veernapalli village … Kamatam Chandraiah (41) consumed an insecticide when heavy rains destroyed two acres of cotton crops, they said. Unable to repay the debts, the farmer took the extreme step and died on his way to the hospital, police said. Financiers had been demanding dues of Rs 1.5 lakh from Chandraiah for quite some time now, police added. Read more http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/debtridden-cotton-farmer-ends-life-in-ap/388038.html

There is just another to this.

The farmer Kalia Beriha, 22, a resident of Tenganpali village, some 460 km from here, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree Wednesday near his crop field, ….  He had taken a loan of Rs.45,000 from a local bank in the name of his father. He was under pressure after he failed to repay it …. Read more http://sify.com/news/villagers-block-road-over-farmer-s-suicide-news-national-kjxuageiajf.html

There one more very frustrating episode.

Jitu Bagdi is one of the three farmers — Yunus Sheikh and Gosai Das Patra being the two others — who have killed themselves in Ausgram in Burdwan district, which is also known as “Bengal’s granary.

Jitu’s widow, Rupa, whom I met recently, described her husband as quiet and honest. Munmun, his slip of a daughter, told me how, on returning from school, she had found her father writhing on the mud floor, frothing from the mouth. Barely conscious, he had asked Munmun not to raise the alarm, and instructed her that she and her brother should eat what their mother could provide after he died.

If farmers of “Bengal’s Granary” are witnessing this fate then least can be said about rest of the nation.

Farmers in Burdwan, one of the 11 districts that have been declared drought-affected by the state government, have been inconvenienced further by the near-absence of irrigation facilities. One other factor, crucial to each of the three deaths in my view, was, however, underreported: the role that moneylenders and other dubious credit institutions play in farmer suicides. Rupa, who is ineligible for compensation under the widow pension scheme because she is under 40, had mentioned that after his crops failed, Jitu, a sharecropper, had been worried about repaying the sum — “Rs 32,000 at a monthly interest of 10 per cent” — that he had borrowed in the last two years. Creditors came calling often, and Jitu had been troubled by the thought of his family’s honor being sullied. Read more http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101007/jsp/opinion/story_12987186.jsp

What to make out of such suicides deaths (daylight murders?). Ruling class elites are not at all interested. If you are interested then please be updated, stand up and take the pledge that you’ll join the forces by whatever way its possible for you.

If we look at the gravity of the issues and respective reports then we can easily make out reasons:

  1. Drought (Burdwan district)

  2. Excessive rain (Karimnagar district)

  3. Unable to repay loans due to regular crop failure (these are the visible symptoms of disease)

  4. Highest lending rates (8% per year for new home and 10% per month for farmers)

  5. Harassment for repayment (dubious institutions and pvt money lenders)

  6. Lack of awareness about available facilities and schemes due red tapeism in bureaucracy.

  7. Micro finance institutes are also creating death trap instead of easing the burden. Their lending rates are from 24-36% per year. (I’ve firsthand experience of such MFIs and SHGs from my native village. These institutes, mostly run by politicians, get loan from govt at the rate from 4-8% per annum. A classic example of exploitation at the hands of politicians in name of development?)

Solution:

  1. I propose to start a MFI which shall provide loans to the farmers who will allow us to work with them on their farms.

  2. Farmers can avail consultation from us for cultivation with no extra cost.

  3. Modern agricultural techniques shall be provided.

  4. Only stringent norm shall be, to sale their crop through us at the market price or even at higher price (This will be given in a written guarantee. The quality check process will be used to gauze the quality of produce)

  5. The lending rate shall be no more than 1% per month reducing.

  6. All of the loans must be insured under various Govt, private insurance schemes.

  7. Eligibility shall be decided on crop and cultivation area basis.

Need an expert advice for above solution please come forward to start implement this activity.

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Farming News in a Nutshell

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 1st October 2010

GM or Bt
Advanced and Modern farming
Farmer’s Inspirational stories:
Farm Crisis:
Economy and politics
Farmer Suicide:
More in later time. I’m writing a post on inspirational stories for farmers.
Jai Kisan, Jai Jawan!
Jai Bharat!

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Rahul Baba, IPL3, MNIK-Movie and Massacre of farmers begin

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 10th February 2010

Ref-vidarbha agrarian crisis-2010 PRESS-NOTE Dated-09th feb.2010
– Six vidarbha Farmer Suicides reported in last two days due to Drought :VJAS urged Indian Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar to look at dying (read killing of) vidarbha farmers in place of IPL-3 Cricket .

Vidarbha farmers suicide spiral is likely to restart after the MH State Govt. declared drought in 14,059 villages in vidarbha due to complete crop failure that has increased despondency and gloom as six more farm suicides reported in last two days in west vidarbha ,three are from yavatmal district ,two from akola and one from wardha ,these are district which are covered under mega multi thousand crore Prime Minister Relief Package being implemented sine july-2006, informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in press note .

The innocent farmers who killed themselves in last two days are due to vidarbha agrarian crisis

1. Chandu rathode of mohdari in Yavatmal
2. Gajanan manchelwar of pandharkawada in Yavatmal
3. Gajanan wankhede of Asara in Yavatmal
4. Vinod kale from Nindipeth in Akola
5. Manoj more of unkhed in Akola
6. Raju bobde of sawli wagh in Wardha

Recetaly maharashtra Govt. has declared more than 140000 villages of vidarbha as drought hit after last Anewari (crop yield estimate) given administration has been shown around 45% that’s complete loss cotton crop in the region.
As per administration reports these villages have been facing following problems
1. Water,
2. Fodder,
3. Food and
4. Employment

Even after these problems till date not a single district administration has started relief work. This is resulting in migration of thousands of farmers in search of work and food.
Ground condition is worst than June-2006 and now it’s time for Indian prime minister to revisit the Vidarbha in order to take review of his relief package,Tiwari urged.

VJAS urged Indian Agri. Minister Sharad Pawar to look at dying vidarbha farmers in place of IPL-3 Cricket.

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in letter to faxed today to agriculture minister sharad to pay attention to the severe agrarian crisis of maharashtra and spare some time from his busy schedule of IPL-3 cricket.

It has long pending demand of vidarbha dying farmers to have fulltime Agriculture Minister who can attend issues of free health care, food security, rural employment, fodder to save dying cattle ,drinking water to rural masses and cattle on priority basis so that prevailing acute distress can be minimize and farmers suicides can be controlled,Tiwari said.

I urge to BJP, Shivsena and MNS leaders please set up a fight against government policies in order to bring in the changes needed to resolve to farmer crisis. This issue is far more important, morally correct and importantly politically correct. Also it is far better than fighting against MNIK-My Name Is Khan (carry on that too with your wish but consider this one too).
Dear Congress leaders please pay attention to this matter as well. Will earn you more votes and respect in “aam aadami” (if aam aadami’s definition includes farmers too). No one would threaten/hurt Rahul Gandhi for sure if he takes some steps to solve this problem.
…..

When will all this stop? Can we do something?
Can we propose solution to this matter with some rigorous discussions? I think we can. Then lets offer some solution.


Here is what I think:
1. Survey the water resources, soil quality in these areas.
2. Solve the problem of food and drinking water on priority.
3. Stop BT Cotton seed and promote traditional seed.
4. Raise the minimum support prise for cotton, soyabin, onion, sugarcane…
5. Offer insurance at minimum premium to farmers with every loan
6. Make arrangements local Krishi Market at each taluka level.
7. Eliminate the dalals or bring in transparency.
8. Set up separate department for organic fertilizers development

जय भारत!

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Why a Farmer commits Suicide? Analysis…

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 2nd February 2010

I’m going to write a series of posts to discuss farmer suicide reasons to length and breadth. Alongside would try to find some solutions to this problem.

I came across various assumptions, facts and hypocrisy 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 roots 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 victims 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? Aren’t we aware of that more than 200000 (2 lakh) farmers have committed suicide since 1995?

There were more than 16400 suicides in the year of 2008 amidst all loan waivers and subsidies. And after the bad 2009 the number is supposedly uncontrolled.

(Being a farmer) Here is what I think about the reasons of farmer suicides:

  1. Consistently failing crops
    1. Costly and less productive seeds (BT/GM?)
    2. Water scarcity
    3. (forced) Chemical fertilizers usage
    4. Electricity problems
  2. Large cost of seeding and cultivation
  3. Panchnama (Inspection) by government officials after natural/man made calamity
  4. Transport problems
  5. Storage and Preservation problems.
  6. Fluctuating rates (at the hands of dalals/agents) of farm produce
  7. Insufficient food processing facilities
  8. Politics of agriculture
  9. GM/BT effect
  10. Missing guidance and proper planning (???)
  11. Commercialization (???)

I’ll try to elaborate each and every point with evidences and possible statistics. Will also try to get some testimonials of farmers in following few posts.

Please send me your comments, suggestions and corrections…

धन्यवाद!

जय भारत!

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Farmer’s Suicides due to Starvation, Poverty & Indebtedness

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 22nd January 2010

Expressing serious concern over the increasing incidents of suicide by farmers due to starvation, poverty and other reasons, the Supreme Court issued directive to Centre to come out with “mirco-level steps to prevent such suicides”. This directive came in on Monday, 18 Jan, 2010.

Take micro-level steps to prevent farmers’ suicides: SC

What a tragedy, court needs to direct, so called socialists and social workers, about the farmers problems…

The Chief Justice told the counsel the problem differed from area to area.  “It needs to be addressed at the local level. Farmers often go to money-lenders as they give money without security. You tell us what the schemes are or packages you have for farmers, whether these schemes reach the farmers, and how far it has reduced indebtedness. You should also collect the latest data,” he said….

Why don’t these politicians, who go to farmers and labors to seek their votes, understand the pain farmers suffer? Or is it that they don’t want to acknowledge? The local representatives are so engraved in selfish and corrupt acts that they turned diff and dumb towards the problems of common man. These are the same selfish, greedy creatures who become angels and god/goddess in election days.

The CJI also asked the petitioner to come out with suggestions so that the court could give some positive directions to the government on the next date of hearing after six weeks….

Why is government elected?  Is this what for people elected government? I suspect the government has re-elected itself (May be EVM scam). Because as I see this government has failed in each aspect.

No security, No law, No food, Farmers & students are committing suicide. Textile mill workers have been fighting for 28 years to get their rights but no success. Vidharbha(farmer suicide epicenter) economic/developmental backlog of 1994 is still not completed (expected to complete by 2012). No developments on food, water crisis.

“All is well, because we don’t care”

Are they, elected representatives, unable to handle the issues? If that is the case then they have no right to stay in power.  Please, pave way to able and efficient leadership..

No channel, newspaper talk about such issues. (Who owns these media houses?)

No expert is needed to answer these questions. It is just that we have week opposition party and sleeping citizens..

जय भारत!

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