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Naam Foundation of Patekar & Annaspure to lend all help to affected farmers of Maharashtra


The Naam Foundation, an NGO set up by actors Nana Patekar and Makrand Annaspure for the drought-hit farmers of state, has decided to give all kinds of help to affected farmers and the family of those farmers who had committed suicide due to their inability to repay loans. Announcing this in a crowded news conference here today, Mr Patekar and Mr Annaspure, accompanied with their team members, said today they visited the water scarcity-hit Dhondalgaon in Vaijapur tehsil of the district and launched several works with the help of their member Dr Avinash Pol for conservation of water to make the village free of tankers within a year.

Mr Patekar, who along with Mr Anaspure recently distributed financial help to 625 families of Marathwada and some of Vidarbha regions, said the Foundation has received funds of near about Rs seven crore from the donors and informed that the details of which will be made available on the Foundation's website. He further said Vaijapur MLA Bhausaheb Chikatgaonkar has announced Rs 35 lakh from his MLA Development Fund for the development of the Dhondalgaon village, besides about Rs 1.20 lakh were collected from people.

He informed that the Foundation has adopted the Aamla village in Wardha district. Mr Patekar announced that the Foundation at present has opened their office at five places in the state -- Aurangabad, Pune, Thane, Nagpur and Matunga in Mumbai and appealed the donors to send their donations through cheques instead of cash to these offices. Mr Annaspure informed that the Foundation has decided to establish Krushi Seva Kendra with the help of agriculture experts Laxman Chavde and others, who will guide the farmers from Marathwada, Vidharbha and Khandesh regions about cultivation and farm activities.

He said for education of the children of farmers who had committed suicide, the Foundation would open a residency school with facilities of earn and learn. Furthermore, the Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) campus has offered to provide free education and accommodation to the meritorious students pursuing higher education, he said and informed that there are seven seats of engineering, five each in computer science and polytechnic, three of nursing, two in DEd and one in architecture.

For the employment of affected and needy people, 500 jobs are on offer in textile power looms of Ichalkaranji and 30 for women in Beed district, on the initiative of Foundation, Mr Anaspure informed. In view of ongoing dry spell and scarcity in the state which it has been experiencing since past four years, the Foundation has decided to plant one crore saplings across the state, he added.

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