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Maharashtra urges employees to donate day’s salary for farmers’ cause

Mumbai city news: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will also set aside a day’s salary for the cause.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2017 12:01 IST
Manasi Phadke
Manasi Phadke
Hindustan Times
Maharashtra,Farmer suicides,Loan waivers
The Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of the state are traditionally known as the ‘suicide belts’ due to a large number of suicides by farmers reported in these areas over years.(HT File Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government has appealed to all its employees, ministers, ministers of state, bureaucrats, members of the legislature as well as the police force to donate a day’s salary in July for the welfare of the wives and children of farmers who have committed suicide.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will also set aside a day’s salary for the cause.

The state general administration department issued a notification on Wednesday saying the donation would be completely voluntary, and will be aggregated in the chief minister’s relief fund.

“The state government has been thinking of ways to raise funds to brace the drought-like situation in the state and to extend monetary help for the wives of farmers who have committed suicide and the education of their children,” the state government said in the notification.

“The heads of all government departments, government and semi-government institutions, zilla parishads, panchayat samitis, municipalities and municipal corporations, public undertakings and state corporations should bring this to the notice of their employees and seek their permission to donate a day’s salary,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has decided that all its elected representatives will pledge a month’s salary for farmers’ welfare, but will not contribute to the chief minister’s relief fund.

Senior Sena minister, Diwakar Raote, said all members of Parliament (MPs), members of the legislative assembly (MLAs), corporators and panchayat samiti members will set aside a month’s salary to be given as relief to farmers in debt. He added, “We will consult the chief secretary to find out under what budget head our contribution should be aggregated.”

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has also decided to contribute Rs10 lakh for the cause.

The party backed the recent farmers’ stir and even took to the streets to protest against its ally, the BJP.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 19:48 IST