Dharna on writing off farmers' loans
Activists of Vidarbha Vikas Parishad will stage a day-long dharna in all over the region on November 28, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.Updated: Nov 16, 2006 21:39 IST
Activists of Vidarbha Vikas Parishad, a social organisation, will stage a day-long dharna in all over the region on November 28 in support of total waiving of loans to crisis-ridden farmers of Vidarbha.
Informing this in Nagpur on Thursday, the NCP Rajya Sabha member and convener of the Parishad, Datta Meghe said that the organisation has also extended its support to former union minister, Mohan Dharia, who began his indefinite hunger strike in support of the demand and protest against farmer's suicide.
The eighty two-year old Dharia was shifted to an intensive care unit of a hospital at Pune on Wednesday evening after he developed hypertension and kidney problems. "I will personally visit to Pune soon for giving a moral support to the octogenarian politician," he added.
Meghe said that the organisation had adopted a resolution to stage day-long dharna in all over the region to press the demand for total waiving of farmers loans in its Wardha meeting, held recently and the proposed dharna programme has been organised accordingly.
The farmers are facing a hardship in the region and the death toll due to suicides has touched to around 1,100 since June last year, he pointed out and insisted that the government should write off farmers loans immediately.
Moreover, the farmers are also not getting remunerative prices of their agriculture produces. The Vidarbha Vikas Parishad office bearers will hand over memoranda in this regard to all collectorate after the day-long dharna, he further informed.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was in Nagpur on Thursday, urged Dharia to end his indefinite hunger strike as the expert committee, set up by the prime minister to study the feasibility on writing off the farmers loans, is likely to submit its report on November 30.
Requesting to end the agitation, Deshmukh said that he was equally concerned about the problems faced by farmers in the state. "But he should wait for the report that the PMO would take further action based on the recommendations of the expert groups," he added.
First Published: Nov 16, 2006 21:39 IST