Bundelkhand on the verge of famine: Swaraj Abhiyan
three droughts in successive years, the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh is
on the verge of famine, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav today claimed and
called for urgent steps by the Centre and state government to address the
Yadav said that he along with noted economists Jean Dreze,
Ritika Khera and Sanjay Singh conducted a study in seven districts of
Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.
The survey covered 27 tehsils and 108 villages of which 41
villages have starvation-like conditions.
"The Rabi crop has already been damaged. Ninety per cent of
the people said crops of jowar, bajra, moong and soyabean have been damaged
while 61 per cent of the farmers said their entire crop got damaged this year.
"The survey also revealed that nutrition has become a major
issue in the villages there as 79 per cent people interviewed said they have not
had a full meal for the past two months," he said.
Yadav said that even under the MNREGA, the employment which
the villagers have got was only 9.5 days a month on an average. He noted that
the survey was a mere interview and the figures could not be independently
Courtesy: Business Standard