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Survivors pay tribute to 4,250 farmers who committed suicide

 gpur, December 31: Over 100 widows and children on Wednesday paid tributes to the 4,250 farmers in Maharashtra, including 1,110 in Vidarbha region, who committed suicide this year. In a day of protests in Pandharkawda in Yavatmal district, the widows and children held candles and offered special prayers for the dead farmers. Carrying placards and banners, they proclaimed 2014 as a “year of betrayal”, said Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) president Kishore Tiwari. “All pre and post election promises made by the new government of Prime Minister rendra Modi have resulted in betrayal of the farming community,” Tiwari told IANS. “Against 3,685 Maharashtra farmers who committed suicide in 2013, the highest in the country, this year’s figure of 4,250 till Dec 31 has set a new record,” he said. Tiwari said nothing has been done about the pre–election assurance of giving a sustaible minimum support price to farmers, and there was no sign of the much–hyped formula of investment in cultivation plus 50 percent profit and restoration of fresh institutiol credit to all debt–trapped farmers. (IANS)

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