Maharashtra Congress warns of agitation over farmers' issues
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today warned the BJP-led state government of launching agitations if it failed to act on the party's demands over farmers' issues before January 20.
Amravati: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today warned the BJP-led state government of launching agitations if it failed to act on the party's demands over farmers' issues before January 20.
"The BJP government in Maharashtra is not sensitive towards farmers' problems and it has no understanding of their issues. Farmers' suicides have been on the rise as cotton, paddy, corn and soyabean growers are caught between nature's vagaries and government's indifference," MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre told reporters here.
Thakre demanded compensation of Rs 25,000 per hectare for non-irrigated land and Rs 50,000 per hectare for irrigated land belonging to the farmers affected by drought. He also sought complete loan waiver for them.
"If our demands are not met with before January 20, we will launch agitations against the government," he said adding that his party would evolve a uniform action programme against the government's apathy towards farmers.
The Congress leader added that the party has decided to take stock of the drought situation in the state, following which a memorandum would be submitted to the government to show it the grave drought situation.
"I would tour Nashik, and districts in east Vidarbha and Marathwada region in the next week," Thakre said.