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Farmer sets himself ablaze in Mulayam's prescence

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Lucknow/… Akhilesh Kumar Singh[ 19 Feb, 2007 0237hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]KANPUR: Striving hard to survive the prevailing political turmoil in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav faced yet another setback on Sunday. Enraged over the district administration’s callous approach, a farmer set himself ablaze in front of the CM while he was addressing a rally at Mahoba. The condition of the 35-year-old farmer identified as Maniram was critical with above 50% burn injuries. The incident took place around the time when the CM strongly refuted reports of suicides and hunger deaths of farmers due to consecutive droughts in the region. “Not a single farmer has committed suicide in […]

Nine more farmers commit suicide

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1931281,000…Pradip Kumar MaitraNagpur, February 18, 2007Even after the massive economic packages of state and union governments, the farmers’ suicide continues in the backward Vidarbha region! Nine more crisis-ridden farmers, including a father-son duo, have ended their lives in last 72 hours in the region. According to reports reaching here on Sunday, all the farmers, who have taken the drastic step, were from suicide-prone districts of western Vidarbha—- Yavatmal, Buldhana, Washim, Amravati and Wardha.  Four farmers who committed suicide were from Yavatmal, two were from Wardha while one each from Amravati, Buldhana and Washim, informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, who has been documenting the suicides since 2001. With the […]

RTI ACT-six farmer suicides per day

Nearly 7,000 farmers committed suicide in different parts of the country in just three years, according to government statistics alone. The average is even more frightening: it works out to six farmers killing themselves every day during that period. Despite this, no mechanism has been put in place to monitor the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s special package for the farmers of 31 suicide-prone districts across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, according to the reply furnished by the Union agriculture ministry to a set of questions posed by this newspaper under the Right to Information Act. The figures, complete only till November 2006, reveal that 6,899 farmers […]

Congress Privy Purse for New Maharajas

Dr. Shri Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Union Council of Ministers, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001. 2) Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Chairperson, Empowered Group of Ministers – SEZs, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001 . Hon’ble Sirs, We are greatly concerned and disturbed with the rapidly deteriorating Rural Economic Conditions across the various States in India, especially the parts which are dependent upon the Agriculture as main source of income. The Policies of the Governments either at Union or the States are killing the Rural Economy. The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) culture has posed great threat to the survival of poorest of […]

Seven thousand farmers committed suicide in three years

Sunday, 18 February 2007 NEW DELHI, Feb 18 APP: About seven thousand farmers have committed suicide in India in just three years.         The Asian Age in its lead story on Sunday quoting government statistics said the average is even more frightening:  it works out to six farmers killing themselves every day during the period.       According to the daily no mechanism has been put in place to monitor the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s special package for  distressed farmers.       In 31 suicide – prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.      Quoting Union Agriculture Ministry, the paper said the figure complete only till November 2006, reveals […]

Seven thousand farmers committed suicide in three years

  Sunday, 18 February 2007 NEW DELHI, Feb 18 APP: About seven thousand farmers have committed suicide in India in just three years.         The Asian Age in its lead story on Sunday quoting government statistics said the average is even more frightening:  it works out to six farmers killing themselves every day during the period.        According to the daily no mechanism has been put in place to monitor the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s special package for  distressed farmers.        In 31 suicide – prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.      Quoting Union Agriculture Ministry, the paper said the figure complete only till […]

Farmers suicides rampant in AP

NDTV Sunday, February 18, 2007 (Nalgonda): From June last year, over 600 farmers have killed themselves in Andhra Pradesh alone. In fact, ever since the UPA came to power an estimated 8,500 farmers have committed suicide in the country, indicating a serious crisis of hope and confidence.Around six weeks ago cotton farmer Ranga Reddy from Ramulabanda village in Nalgonda district committed suicide.“For his sons’ education, he took loans. Despite all problems, he was keen to make them study. He would say they are boys, my life is gone at least my sons’ should live well,” said Sunanda, Ranga Reddy’s mother.Ranga Reddy was a proud father and the day he committed […]

Rs. 117 crore loan to stem grim harvest for Maharashtra

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1930858,000…Satyajit JoshiPune, February 17In another attempt to stem the bleak tide of farmer suicides in the state, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a loan of Rs 117.17 crore to the state government for small irrigation projects in Vidarbha. This is part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s package for debt-ridden farmers in Vidarbha announced in July last year. With this loan, sanctioned under the Centre’s Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (IRDF), 26 small irrigation projects in Vidarbha, which have been delayed due to lack of funds, are expected to be completed – translating into irrigation of over 15,000 hectares of land. Chief General Manager of NABARD, […]

No government on earth can subsidize 60 % farmers

http://farmdebt.blogspot.com/2007/02/no-government… Dr Sudhir Kumar Goyal, Divisional Commissioner, Relief, Amravati, in an interview, has said that immediate relief had been given to farmers where interest worth Rs 782 cores had been waived off. But the entire loan cannot be waived. “Subsidies are given. But no government on earth can give subsidy to 60% of its farmers.” The Vidarbha farmers have been given fresh loans, which Dr Goel said was three times more than in the past. This is called “singing a tune as per the ears of the listener“. This is a sure indication that Congress political bigwigs are beginning to wake up to the rural crisis in Vidarbha and are […]

Orissa: ThrottledDissent, Overstepped Laws, Displaced People

Orissa: Throttled Dissent, Overstepped Laws, Displaced People Saswat Pattanayak Here is a classic case of manufactured consent. News is agog that India will have its Harvard University in next two years. Even Forbes Magazine testifies to that. The corporate media hails a proposed university in India to be the greatest hope of reified vision where huge mass of people will be educated for betterment of India’s economy; and, its poor state Orissa’s. It is being hailed as the institute that’s receiving the single largest donation ever worldwide: $1 billion, and yes its going to be the university with largest real estate holdings ever. So welcome to capitalism that apparently does […]

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