Amravati: Expressing concern over farmer
suicides in Vidarbha, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan
today said the government will look into the issue with all
seriousness and stop the trend completely.
He called for consistent approach to solve the problem
and announced that relief measures under the Chief Minister`s
package for distressed farmers of the region will continue to
be provided for the next five years.
Chavan, speaking after inaugurating the Rs 593-crore
Coordinated Agriculture Development Project for six districts
of Vidarbha, said he will request the Prime Minister for
additional funds to implement farmer welfare schemes.
The CM said although the number of farmer suicides has
come down to 966 in 2009 and 343 so far this year from 1,449
in 2006, he is not satisfied. "Unless this number comes to
zero and smile returns to the faces of farmers of Vidarbha, I
will continue to focus on this problem."
Chavan informed that the term of Vidarbha Statutory
Development Board has been extended for five years.
Noting that the region has high potential for
irrigation, Chavan said, "It is the endeavour of the state
government to give full justice to Vidarbha."
Funds will be provided for all ongoing and soon-to-be
launched irrigation projects in Vidarbha to ensure their
timely completion, he said.