Vidarbha farmers to hold 'chai pe charcha', remind Modi of promises

Yavatmal: Farmers and widows of farmers from Vidarbha region who committed suicide, will gather at Maregaon town around 70 km from Yavatmal on Monday for a 'chai pe charcha' to highlight their demands.

 Vidarbha farmers to hold chai pe charcha, remind Modi of promises

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The farmers will gather under the banner of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) for a programme titled "Kisano ki chai pe charcha aur chinta" (Discussion over Tea - and Despair).

"The programme organised for farmers and farmers' widows, seeks to draw attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to recall assurances made by him to farmers during the election campaign in Dabhadi village in Malegaon district, three months back," general secretary of VJAS Mohan Jadhav said on Sunday.

"Modi had raised hopes of the farming community at his 'chai pe charcha' meeting in Dabhadi and asked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to prepare a time-bound integrated solution to stop farmers' suicides," VJAS president Kishor Tiwari said.

Their major demands include - minimum support price (MSP) for cotton and soybean to match the production cost with a 50 percent profit margin; new crop loan to farmers after waiving their existing debt dues; bringing in new technology in agriculture and irrigation; financial assistance for farm widows and higher education facilities to their wards, etc.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 02, 2014 07:56:10 IST