Farmers should not be ruined: Pawar


Nashik : State and central government have no substantial policy about agriculture sector. Financial aid has not been given to farmers. They become helpless. If farmers are ruined, country will be destroyed, stated Sharad Pawar to express his worry during an open interview.

A programme was organised jointly by Kusumagraj Pratishthan, Vishwas Bank and Radio Vishwas at Vishwas Lawns yesterday to honour Sharad Pawar for completing 50 years of his parliamentary career. Senior journalist Ambrish Mishra, Sudhir Gadgil and Dutta Bal Saraf conducted the open interview of Pawar. He recollected his past experiences in political life, decisions regarding agriculture, social, cultural and education sectors and his memories. Kusumagraj Pratishthan’s Madhu Mangesh Karnik honoured him. MLC Hemant Takale, Dilip Valse-Patil, former Minister Vinayakdada Patil, former MLA Dilip Bankar, Vishwas Thakur and Dr. Kailas Kamod were present on dais.

“I have spoken many times with central and state government regarding loan waiver to farmers, but government is considering them a small component and is implementing a consumer oriented policy. They are not serious about the problems of farmers,” Sharad Pawar said.

“Currently, there is politics going on in state over the problems of farmers. After 15 days, I will met farmers in the state at their farmfields and will speak over their problems. I will start this from Chandrapur district,” he informed in an open interview.

“When I was Union Agriculture Minister I felt sad after farmer suicides in Yeotmal and Wardha districts and took decision of loan waiver for well being of the farmers. A loan waiver of Rs. 73,000 crore was given at that time and 60% farmers from the country were benefitted by this. As a result, production of agriculture produce, milk and horticulture were increased on large scale and country was among top countries in production of agriculture produce in world,” Sharad Pawar stated to support the decision of loan waiver and demanded that government should reconsider to give minimum support price to agriculture produce.

He also lamented over the fact that he had missed an opportunity to become the Prime Minister though he had become the Chief Minister for four times. Congress party should play role of opposition effectively, Sharad Pawar advised Sonia Gandhi through this interview.