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Cane farmers’ suicides in CM’s home district rocks state council

Posted by Ramoo on March 27, 2007


Posted online: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 0140 hours IST

MUMBAI, MAR 26 :  The issue of increasing suicides by sugarcane farmers in Latur, the home district of Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, on Monday, rocked the state legislative council.

The proceedings of the council were adjourned for almost 35 minutes. BJP state president, Nitin Gadkari, Shiv Sena legislator Divakar Raote, leader of the Opposition in the council, Bhausaheb Phundkar, alleged that the chief minister’s son Amit Deshmukh was responsible for the farmers’ suicides. Farmers have committed suicides when sugar factories failed to procure their sugarcane in the ongoing crushing season.

The deputy chief minister and home minister, RR Patil, told the House that a high level meeting headed by the chief minister would be soon held with sugarcane farmers, before the end of the session to resolve the problems faced by them.

Patil also assured the council, that the government would ensure that the farmers do not face any financial loss. He also said that losses, if any incurred by the farmers, would be duly compensated by the government.

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