Thursday, June 1, 2017

Govt not serious about farmers strike: Sharad Pawar


PUNE: The state and central governments aren't serious about the farmers' strike, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar, while inaugurating development works at Sudumbare village near Mumbai-Pune highway.

Today onwards, farmers across the state will go on strike to push for various demands. "The strike will have a major impact across the state. It's effect will be felt in other parts of the country too. Common people, who are the consumers of these goods, will suffer," said Pawar.

While Pawar agreed that farmers were committing suicides during the UPA regime as well, he pointed out that the then government had taken measures such as waiving loans and giving higher price for yields. "The measures had brought some relief to farmers," Pawar claimed.

At Sudumbre, the works are being carried out as part of the union government's Sansad Aadarsha Gram scheme. The village has been adopted by Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan. A development plan has been drafted for the village, which is largely dependent on farming. School students have also contributed to the plan on how to make the village liveable. The projects were planned based on the ideas shared by the students.

"There are many government programmes that must reach villages. Schemes like Sansad Adarsha Gram are the best platform to reach out to people and provide them benefits of these schemes. The works that are done in Sadumbre village can be a testimony of it," said Chavan.

The MP added that the focus has been on infrastructural and social development of the area. People have become more conscious about their health and hygiene, she remarked.


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