To help raise funds for families of farmers who committed suicide, in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra (India). Fear of drought, failed crops, hailstorm has created path that only leads to death, beacuse they are not getting the support from government. The story doesn’t end here; the families have to bear the brunt of the bank and money lenders who would ceil the left over property which is their only shelter.
With a failed contingency plan by the government, lack of electricity, no rain the situation has been made worse. It is hard hit reality that, people who provide us with food are not able to feed their families. Committing suicide is the last resort because they feel helpless and the after math is suffered by the families. It’s for them that we need to pitch in some support so that they carry on with their lives. The financial support could be used in the education of, young children of these farmers or help their widows meet basic needs.
VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI (VJAS) is an organization founded by Kishore Tiwariji
The VJAS has been monitoring suicides by farmers and providing rehabilitation support to their families. They have taken up issues with the administration, judiciary, legislature, human rights bodies and international forums. In a region comprising more than 70 percent backward population, VJAS has been taking up issues like malnutrition among tribals, their right to food and education, and drinking water supply.