Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati
Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati

Pune: Rajya Sabha member Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati on Thursday sat on a token fast in Pune against what he claimed was the Maharashtra government's apathy towards 'SARTHI' organisation.

The Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute (SARTHI), Pune is registered under the Company Act, 2013 as non-profit government company.

It is engaged in research, policy advocacy, training etc for socio-economic and educational development of Maratha, Maratha-Kunbi, Kunbi-Maratha, Kunbi communities and families dependent on agriculture in the state.

"SARTHI is an important institution but some officials in the government and others are planning to close it down and trying to defame it but I will not allow that to happen," he said in a tweet. He said he sat on the fast after getting no response from the government despite several attempts to highlight the matter.

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