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१९९५ पासून २०११ पर्यंत सरकारी आकड्यांनुसार २.९० लाख शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on September 2, 2012

फक्त तुमच्या माहितीसाठी

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 vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 22, 2012

मराठी मध्ये वाचा (काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील)

This news is being reproduces here as it is from Vidarbha News. Read original post here (Vidarbha Cotton crisis worsen…)

(Farmer Shri Gajanan Ghatekar's suicide note)

The non-receipt of declared  relief aid to vidarbha cotton even after lapse of four month and sudden crash in cotton prices due on going stringent restriction on cotton export ,three more vidarbha farmers suicides reported today  include one woman farmer ,they are identified as

1.Gajanan Thorat  of Village Garm Mahsal a in Karanja taluka of Washim
2.Kamalabai chavan  of Village Wadner in Kelapur of Yavatmal
3.Gajanan Ghotekar  of Village Kothoda in Kelapur  of  Yavatmal,

informed farm activist Kishore Tiwari   of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti VJAS,

Maharashtra Govt. declared relief aid to cotton farmers of vidarbha in last December 2011 to the tune Rs.2000 crore but till today not single paisa has been  paid to distressed farmers more over suddenly union Govt. Of India on 4th March   impose the blanket ban on cotton export then imposing srigent conditions of cotton export has severely affected the raw  cotton rates  was traded above @Rs.4200/- quintal but after the  export ban brought down @Rs.3400 quintal ,this is reason  to give trigger to restarting farm suicide spiral in vidarbha, Tiwari added.

Deceased farmer Shri Gajanan Ghatekar’s suicide note:

“My tractor was old, it cost me a lot for repairing. My loan account is repayments are delayed, all gold ornaments are sold off. I’m bankrupt, my crop loan is delayed. I’m helpless and very upset so committing suicide. I couldn’t get my daughter married. Please save my family. Don’t vote Congress ad NCP and don’t let your situation to become like me, they will ruin our nation.”

“That was last request made by Gajanan Ghotekar ,cotton farmer of  village kothoda in kelapur taluka of yavatmal district who committed suicide on 19th April night to mounting debt of bank taken for the tractor and non-payment of installments, police has recovered this suicide note from Ghotekar’s  family members  and verifying it’s  hand writing but in last five years lot of suicides notes of cotton farmers who committed suicides alleging state driven wrong policies are recovered but administration failed to take corrective action” Tiwari added.

In India 7 million cotton farmers families cultivating cotton in 12 million hectors from states of  Maharashtra ,Gujrat,AP,MP,Rajthan and Punjab who are in debt trap due to cotton crop failure this year and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has been demanding UPA Govt. to remove all barriers of export in Agri. Products  which is being supported by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chavan, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy but corrupt cartel of commerce ministry has managed to continue the anti-farmer policies which is being reflected in farmers suicides of vidarbha ,our all protest and requisitions are shown dustbin ,this is mouch more humiliating” Tiwari informed.

“All earlier GOM meeting have been high-jacked and Babus involved commerce Ministry and Cotton Advisory Board CAB has been giving fabricated data of national cotton consumption and production  to justify the restrictions imposed for cotton export which are not in line with ground reality .We are till confused to understand the justification to protect finger counting people by pushing more than 10 million agrarian in deep economical crisis ” Tiwari added.

When Indian domestic demand is just 20 million bales as against national production of 33 million bales there is no reason put restrictions when interest of domestic textile mills are fully protected. The decision to ban Indian cotton export is another example rampant corruption going on in UPA Govt. there is big names involved in the sudden export ban will expose the all misdeeds of commerce ministry hence for the first time farmers suicide issue has given focus of wrong policies of state ,we will see that the truth is prevailed”  Tiwari added.

Note: Why am I taking efforts to reproduce this post so openly? Reason: My farther also sowed 3 acres of cotton. In that first he was cheated by seed company due to which the production was meager, after that government banned export of cotton without even asking any objections from farmers. Then middlemen took disadvantage and made the prices fall from Rs.4500/quintol to Rs.3500/quintol causing more unrest. Finally government declared package of Rs.2000 per acre for deceased farmers, but that needed Rs.200 per hectare for registering the claim. And what can be expected from this incompetent and corrupt government we haven’t received a single paisa as of now.

Jay Bharat!

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काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 22, 2012

Read in English. (Don’t vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation).

हे वृत्त विदर्भ न्यूज वरून जशाच्या तसे तुमच्या समक्ष प्रकाशित करीत आहे. मूळ वृत्तासाठी इथे (एकाच रात्रीत तीन शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या) वाचा.

( गजानन घोटेकर या शेतक-याने आत्महत्येपूर्वी लिहिलेले पत्र)

कापूस उत्पादक शेतक-यांना राज्य सरकारने जाहीर केलेली नुकसानभरपाई चार महिन्यांनंतरही न मिळाल्याने हताश झालेल्या यवतमाळमधील दोन आणि वाशिममधील एका शेतक-याने गुरुवारी रात्री आत्महत्या केली. यात एका महिलेचाही समावेश आहे. आत्महत्येपूर्वी एका शेतक-याने ‘काँग्रेस-राष्ट्रवादीला मतदान करू नका’ असे पत्र लिहिल्याने आणखी खळबळ उडाली आहे.

वाशिम जिल्ह्यातील कारंजा तालुक्यातील मासळ येथील गजानन थोरात, यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील केळापूर तालुक्यातील वडनेर येथील कमलाबाई चव्हाण आणि याच तालुक्यातील कोठोडा गावातील गजानन घोटेकर या तिघांनी वेगवेगळ्या घटनांत गुरुवारी रात्री आत्म्हत्या केली.

हे तिघेही कापूसउत्पादक होते व त्यांनी कर्जबाजारीपणामुळे आत्महत्या केल्याचे विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचे किशोर तिवारी यांनी सांगितले. गेल्या वर्षी निर्यातबंदीमुळे कापसाच्या किमती अचानक ढासळल्यामुळे कापूस उत्पादकांना झालेल्या नुकसानापोटी दोन हजार कोटींचे पॅकेज देण्याची घोषणा राज्य सरकारने डिसेंबर २०११मध्ये केली होती. मात्र, त्याला चार महिने लोटल्यानंतरही मदत मिळाली नाही. त्यातच केंद्र सरकारने पुन्हा निर्यातबंदी लागू केल्याने या शेतक-यांनी आत्महत्या केली, असे तिवारी म्हणाले.

व्यथित शेतकरी कै. गजानन घोटेकर यांच्या मृत्युपूर्व पत्राचा मजकूर:

“माझा ट्रॅक्टर जुना होता. त्याच्यासाठी रिपेरिंगला खूप खर्च आला. माझं खातं थकीत झालं, सोनंनाणं विकलं गेलं. मी कर्जबाजारी झालो, माझं ग्रामिण बँकेचं पीककर्ज थकीत झालं. मी बेजार झाल्याने आत्महत्या करत आहे. माझ्या मुलीचे लग्न मी करू शकलो नाही. माझ्या कुटुंबाला वाचवा. काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका व माझ्यासारखी स्थिती निर्माण होऊ देऊ नका. ते देशाला बरबाद करतील.”

सूचना: हे वृत्त जाहीरपणे पुनर्प्रकाशित करण्याचे कारण म्हणजे माझ्या वडिलांनीसुद्धा ३ एकर कपाशीची लागवड केली होती. त्यामध्ये त्यांना पहिल्यांदा कपाशीच्या बियाणांमध्ये फसविले त्यामुळे उत्पादन अगदी क्षुल्लक झाले, नंतर सरकारने निर्यात बंदी केली, मग मध्यस्थ टग्यांनी  (व्यापारी/अडती) भाव पडून उरल्या मालाची वाताहत केली, आणि जेव्हा सरकारने नुकसान भरपाई जाहीर केली तेव्हा अर्ज दाखल करून घेण्यासाठी हेक्टरी २०० रुपये घेतले. आणि नुकसान भरपाई तरी किती तर केवळ एकरी २००० रुपये. आणि कहर म्हणजे अजून पर्यंत कसलीही भरपाई मिळाली नाही.

जय भारत!

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How FDI in Retail can ruin Bharatiy Farmers

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on December 30, 2011


… In 1970, hog producers received 48 cents of each dollar spent on pork. in 2000 they received only 12 cents. Prices to consumer did not decrease.

… In 1990 ranchers and farmers received 60 cents of the dollar spent on beef, retailers received 32.5 and meat companies 7.5 cents. In 2009 Farmers received 42.5cent (down by 17.5), retailers 49 cents, meat packers 8.5cents. ..

… 4 pints of milk in UK costs 1.45 pounds and farmer receives 40%(58 pence) of it. Causing a loss of 3 pence per 4 pints. Causing small farmers to close there shops. In Bharat farmer receives 75% of consumer spend on a litre of milk. …

… US farmers received direct commodity subsidies of over $167 Bn in 1995-2010. EU paid farmers direct subsidies of $51 Bn in 2010 alone. So why these big retailers are not helping reduce the subsidies to the farmers. …

…. In Mexico 25% of small farmers are off farming now due to big retail and imports under NAFTA. ….

As mentioned in image above in Europe flow of goods from 3.2 million farmers is controlled by 110 buying desks of big retailers catering to 160 million consumers. Today Bharat has more than 600 million (78% 0f  total farmer population)  small and marginal farmers and a huge consumer base of more than a billion. Now imagine what havoc it may create when our small and marginal farmers will have to compete with bigger farmers of developed nation who fetch huge subsidies from their governments.

32 Lakh European farmers received total subsidy of Rs 26,970 Crores i.e. average Rs 8,41,680 per head approx. Now 21 Crore Bharatiy farmers received total subsidy of nearly Rs. 1,54,000 Crores i.e. average Rs 19,494 per head approx. Now if tomorrow these retail giants start importing (using free trade agreement) from foreign farmers since the prices would much lesser with the help of their governments where would Bharatiy farmer go?

How can Bharatiy farmer compete with rival farmers,
– when basic infrastructure is not in place?
– when rival farmers receive subsidies almost triple the yearly turnover of Bharatiy farmers?
– when crop insurance is not in place?

I’m afraid that such uneven and misplaced competition would lead our farmers off their land into labors jobs since they do not have enough capital and supporting government.

On other hand that farmer’s income will be improved argument fails sharply since even after having established big retailers network the USA and EU is consistently increasing the subsidies to the farmers and still their farmers are into losses. What is the guarantee that FDI in multi-brand retail won’t displace Bharatiy farmers? and put pressure on government to increase the subsidies too?

Lastly, lets not blindly copy paste western models. We can definitely learn from them but by looking evenly at all sides and not just one which is shiny.

Jai Bharat!

Related article: FDI in Retail – A macro analysis, Impact of Foreign MNCs on Bharatiy Agriculture, and Death Knell into the Coffin of Biggest Enterprises Network

Find out yourself Subsidies given in USA

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Looks like first victim of central govt’s onion policy

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on December 22, 2011

Shri Sahebrao Kekan from Chandawad, Nasik attempted suicide today. He is an onion grower, had onion crop at 10 acres. Due to idiotic export policy by central govt the onion farmer across Maharashtra faced huge losses this year. This year has been an epitome of loss for onion growers.
Looks like the fate of cotton growers awaiting onion growers due to indifferent govt. Vidarbha cotton farmers are committing suicide at rapid rate. And now western Maharashtra onion farmers too are being forced towards suicide through some insane pricing and neo-open market policies. And this world is just playing the role Nero’s guests.


Jai Bharat!

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Death Knell into the Coffin of Biggest Enterprises Network

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on November 29, 2011

How government is, at first, planning to render the farmers jobless and then spending exchequer’s money to make them employable labors at industries to be setup?

  1. More thank 2.5 Lakh farmers committed suicide in Bharat since 1995. [Read stats]
  2. Maharashtra is leading the chart by accounting for more than 30% suicide cases.
  3. Through policy of freebies, NREGA, controlled market government has paralyzed the farming community.
  4. On one side our food production is not enough e.g. pulses, cereals while whatever being produced is of less nutritional values.
  5. PM lost his sleep when a person was arrested under the charges of terrorist activity in Australia. But he does not talk about 70-75Crore farming population’s agony. Without fail he says there is 70% excess human resources in farming, on what basis he made this statement? Is he following the designs of making this nature loving, agrarian economy into an urbanized industrial economy which will be dependent on foreign countries for food at the end of the day?
  6. I do not oppose promoting modernization or industries but making policies to exploit one section to serve other isn’t a leader is expected to do.
  7. P. Chidambaram propose to convert land owners into industrial labours by acquiring land, setting up businesses and then employing the land owners as labours. For that he propose to setup 1000 training schools. This all on the suggestions of world bank. Did he bother to go and ask the farmers for that matter? No he did not.
  8. Sole question is why not to promote agriculture to the fullest through farmer friendly policies. If at all you want to setup industry have the land owners as partners, share earning with farmer.
  9. E.G. At my in-laws village there is one farmer family who earn Rs. 1Cr per year from pomegranate orchard of 9 acres. Can Mr. MMS and Mr. PC make sure that he will continue to earn this much after industry setup? Not just that my in-laws earn Rs.10-13 Lakh per year in Sugar cane crop from 6 acres while having the luxury to eat fresh vegetables and freedom from pressure. Will he be able to maintain this lifestyle?
  10. Kautilya has clearly asked to develop rural area through agricultural economic activities. Gandhiji too asked for “Gram Swaraj”. And this Harvard/Cambridge tribe of politicians want rampant urbanization that too on behest of world bank/IMF. A question arises then for whom are the policies? are they for us or the IMF/World bank?
  11. Kautilya has emphasized on Aanvikshiki (Philosophy) at the start of the book. Because he want the King/Leader/Minister to be a person with logical reasoning.
  12. Kautilya repetitively speaks about sustainable development. If food is imported then how can it be sustainable?
  13. Kautilya talks of Association with elders and continuous learning. Our politicians seem to be forgetting the importance of the thoughts proposed by our elders and wise at various times.
  14. Society has to become duty centric by shunning right seeking attitude, since exploitation is not a way of human life, exploitation is barbarism.

जय भारत!


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We need Minimum Support Price with crop insurance

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on September 30, 2011

Farmer’s suicide stories are endless like Hanuman’s tail. It will continue to grow despite all debt-waivers, schemes, awards. If government is willing to solve this problem then they must accept that there is one. And problem is that we have worst policies in place.

For example, the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme in 2008 by UPA, Free electricity announcement, state controlled agricultural produce market yards, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, etc.

Though I’m against any waivers because, I think anything free paralyzes economy. If we look at result of any of the schemes above, its evident that all of them were just poll gimmicks. Debt waiver helped mostly farmers from western Maharashtra where the debt wasn’t any issue. compared to Vidarbha (e.g.). So the suicide belt could not get the help required. Then the free electricity scheme in Maharashtra, a complete misnomer. What government did that supplied 3-phase electricity only for 8 hours in summer when crops need much more watering. Even today also we have 3-phase electricity only for 12 ours.

All these idiotic decisions weren’t enough that UPA introduced NAREGA. This created an artificial employment scarcity especially when they needed most. The labors demanded double the wage for 7 hour work with 1 hour lunch break that means 6 hours of effective work. But at the same time they forgot to take care of market pricing. So I call NAREGA as anti-development.

I remember for past 5 years onion prices are in the same range of Rs. 5-7 at the yield time but input costs have more than doubled over the same period. Just for example 5 years ago daily wage for a farm women labor was Rs.40-45 today they demand anything above Rs.100.

We need MSP and crop insurance.

Friends, current political parties have no competency and inclination to solve the problems they are rather interested in quick fix. I decided to replace them and I’m on my way. Whats your take?

जय भारत!

Related Posts: Farmer’s right to decide price

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Why my decision to challenge them is DAMN right

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on September 19, 2011

Almost everyone is aware of the suicide wave among Vidarbha cotton growing farmers since 1995. Read this, get more information about farmer’s suicide in Bharat.

Now that UPA government has banned onion export since last 10 days onion farmers are forced on the brink of bankruptcy. They are facing the toughest of their times again. This year rain was good and they are celebrating it with pinch of salt and hope that all will be well. And the hell happened to the onion growers.

I’ve fact file with me, yes my, parent’s, own case to share with you. Do read and share this story to understand pain of Bharatiy small and marginal farmers.

Onion Farm

My parents sowed onion seeds in December 2010. Then they cultivated onion saplings in January 2011 in total area of 3 acres. Seeds, sowing, fertilizers, pesticides, watering and labor charges accounted for more than Rs.30000 per acre that is total Rs. 90000. After removing the onion from the fields in last week of April 2011 and 1 week of May 2011 they spent Rs. 32000 on grading, storage, transport, labor for all yield. 3 acres yielded onion produce of nearly 25 tons. If we calculate total expenses from sowing till storage of 3 acres of onion it accounts to Rs. 122000 (excluding my father-mother’s labor, land rent).

In farm production cost of onions to farmer Rs. 4.88 per Kg.

When you want to take it to the market you’ll have procure gunny bags at Rs. 25 per bag of 55-60Kg. i.e. 45-50paise per Kg. Then you would take those bags to market that depends of the market distance from your place, they pay Rs.10-15 per bag for filling and Rs. 20-25 for carrying to market, i.e. 60-70 paise per Kg. Now when you take the produce to agriculture markets they levy ‘n’ number charges like Commission (6% flat), Cleaning charge(1%), showing charge(1%), weighing charge(1%), labor charge(20 paise per Kg). This adds another Rs. 1-1.5 to the total cost.

Now, in market cost to farmer 4.88+0.45+0.60+1=Rs. 6.93 per Kg

At that time the prices in the market were around Rs. 5-7 per Kg. Let me add one more catch here, traders/agents never pay uniform price to total produce. They make 3 gradings of it and will pay say Rs.7 to 60%, Rs. 5 to 30% and Rs. 4 to 10%. If farmers sell at this price he will lose from his pocket let alone getting anything for his labor and land.

So to make some money he takes risk of storing the onion produce on the face of Monsoon. Which most probably turns suicidal for small and marginal farmers.

This year too my parents did same, only to discover that UPA govt banned export to make onion prices fell from Rs.10-15 per Kg to Rs. 3-5 per Kg.

This led to rotting almost 40% produce in the whole process, my mother and father both cried like child then. It was very depressing for me to console them. I hate Congressi (all UPA allies) thugs at helm. And I’ve decided rightfully to replace them.

I’ve taken pictures and videos of rotten onion. Look for yourself.

जय भारत!

P.S. I’ve given up my full-time job, business 3 months before to get into politics and I think I’m damn right in taking that decision. Even my parents, whom I’m the only support, has lend their support whole heartedly. More praises for them.

Related Article: Why farmers commit suicide.

Posted in Agricultural Produce, Agriculture of Bharat, Bharat, Farmer's Suicides, Politics in Agriculture | Tagged: , , , , | 8 Comments »

Bharat needs a leader not a [lame] duck

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on July 25, 2011

Characteristics of PM Manmohan Singh:

We have an honest PM who used cash to buy votes to ensure the Congress win the trust in parliament for UPA govt.

We have a PM who has not cared to look into allegations against Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, about being KGB agent.

We have a PM who did not utter even a word when Hindu community labeled terrorist by his party office bearers let alone losing sleep.

We have a PM who does not a lose sleep when progressive Muslim Vastanvi is shown bin by Deoband.

We have a PM who dont make any statement or appeal to dying Farmers. More than 200000 farmers have committed suicide since 1995. He neither loses sleep.

We have a PM who has no clue of his own dept of science and technology’s fraudulent deal, to be scrapped afterwards, of ISRO-Devas.

We have a PM who haven’t given a single statement about Hasan Ali’s Rs.72000 Crores tax evasion. Forget about losing sleep.

We have a PM who did not lose sleep when Suresh Kalmadi, Sheila Dixit – caretakers of CWG – tore apart our image on international platform for lethargy, sub-standard work and huge scam.

We have a PM who was present when nation was being robbed off Rs.176000 Crores in 2G spectrum scam.

We have a PM who has no control over cabinet and doesn’t recognize his responsibility to be answerable to people of Bharat.

We have a PM who lost his sleep for an arrest of a Doctor in Australia for alleged role in terrorist work. But did not lose when Sadhvi tortured brutally by his own investigation machinery.

We have a PM who uses press conference to convey a message that he is not a lame-duck.

Jai Bharat!

P.S.: This isn’t an exhaustive list of his work but just an overview. Please feel free to add more.

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How many farmers committed suicide since 1995?

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on July 23, 2011

This poll is to gauge the awareness about the serious issue of Farmers Suicides in Bharat.

Please do not use Internet search to find the answer, if you don’t know please select ‘don’t know’.

PS: No personal information would be shared with anyone.

Jai Bharat!

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