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MNS plans march as Mah govt fails to relieve drought-hit farmers in Marathwada

MNS plans march as Mah govt fails to relieve drought-hit farmers in Marathwada

The Marathwada unit of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will take out a march to the Divisional Commissioner's Office (DCO) here on November 27, in protest against the government's delay in providing assistance to the drought-affected farmers. According to MNS District Chief Sumit Khambekar, "Marathwada is reeling under the severe affects of drought because of less rainfall this year. Farmers are under distress as Kharif crops have been ruined and the sowing of Rabi crops cannot take place in such calamitous conditions.
"The march, themed 'Danduka morcha' (Cudgel march), will be held to raise the neglected concerns of the aggrieved farmers in the region, he added.
"BJP has defaulted on delivering the assured relief to the farmers, which has further worsened the economic situation of the ryots, owing to which, there is a spike in the suicide cases of farmers," Mr Khambekar alleged.
he said some of their primary demands, include "decalaration of drought in Marathwada, waiving of farmer loans up to September 30, 2018, purchase of cotton at Rs 8,000 per quintal, provision of pension schemes for farmers above 60 years of age, implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission Report, and creation of livelihood for drought-affected farmers through the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS)," added Mr Khambekar.

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