‘Farmer Suicide Is Not New,’ Says Maharashtra Minister; Draws Sharp Reaction From Aditya Thackeray – Jagran English

Yuva Shiv Sena(Uddhav Thackeray camp) leader Aditya Thackeray has reacted sharply to the comments of Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar who said that farmers suicide is nothing new.
FARMERS’ suicide has again become the focal point of political bickering in Maharashtra with the state’s Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar saying that such cases are not new and Shiv Sena (UBT)’s youth leader Aditya Thackeray responding sharply against this. Thackeray junior has claimed that Sattar only concerns himself with his position, not his work.
“The issue of farmer suicide is not new. Such incidents are happening for many years. I feel suicides by farmers should not take place anywhere in Maharashtra, including my constituency,” Sattar said on Monday, according to a PTI report. Sattar is a Member of Legislative Assembly from Sillod constituency in Aurangabad district. He is a leader of the Shinde-led Shiv Sena camp.
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In his own constituency, reports of farmer suicides have emerged and he in fact made these remarks while responding to questions of reporters on the issue. At least two farmers had taken their lives in Sillod on March 3 and 12. While six farmers in Aurangabad district have ended their lives recently due to their inability to repay debt according to sources quoted by the news agency.

Reacting to Sattar’s comments Aditya Thackeray said, “Agriculture minister Abdul Sattar has said nothing in favour of troubled farmers & had previously used foul language for a woman MP. These ministers are attached to their positions, not to their work”.
Sattar, however, has assured that the state government has set up a committee to study the issue. The state’s Agriculture Commissioner is heading the committee.

Earlier, the Agriculture Minister had visited villages to inspect the losses suffered by farmers due to unseasonal rains in his constituency – Sillod. The Minister had then assured that the government will undertake measures to ensure that farmers do not take such an extreme step. He said the government will work on the recommendations of the committee once it completes its study.
In the recently announced state budget for financial year 2023-24, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis – who is also the state’s Finance Minister – announced Rs 6,000 assistance will be provided to all farmers in the state.
(With agency inputs)
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