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Package not enough for relief to farmers

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NCP and Congress leaders protest at Vidhan Bhavan in Nagpur on Friday.

Aggressive Cong demands cash assistance for drought-hit families

Nagpur : The Congress appeared aggressive in both the houses of the Maharashtra legislature over the ‘package’ announced by the government for the drought hit farmers. Congress said that the package won’t provide any immediate relief to the farmers.

Congress MLAs pushed for their demand of the cash assistance for the farmers on the day-five of winter session in both the houses. Business in the council was disrupted several times before the house was adjourned for the day. In the afternoon, the Congress MLAs resorted to sloganeering in the legislature premises to call attention of the government to the point they were raising.


State Congress president Manikrao Thakre told reporters that the so called package announced by the government does not provide any immediate assistance to the cotton, soybean, paddy, sugarcane, maze or onion farmers across the state. “The farmers are facing severe cash crunch. They should have been provided with cash assistance. Unfortunately government has done away with this very demand,” he said.

Earlier, in the assembly, while speaking on the Motion of Thanks to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao for address in Legislature, former CM Prithviraj Chavan said he is opposed to the mindset of this Government showcased through Governor’s Address. “The Congress-NCP Government had extended help of Rs 13000 crore to distressed farmers in the State. In the Thursday’s relief package announcement by the Chief Minister the cash assistance is missing. Government is trying to breed discrimination among farmers. Statements of assistance from Delhi are creating doubts. How long the Government will survive is not certain. The Ruling Parties had doled out several promises during election but question marks persist on power front and availability of gas and coal because of which the Enron has gone dysfunctional,” he said.

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