MP CM meets deceased farmers' kin, gives Rs 1 crore aid

14 Juin, 2017, 20:54 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar

A delegation comprising social activists Medha Patkar, Swami Agnivesh, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav and politicians Kalpana Parulekar of the Congress, and Paras Saklecha of the Aam Adami Party was detained at Dhodhar in neighbouring Ratlam district when it tried to visit Mandsaur to meet the kin of the farmers killed in the June 6 police firing. It was alleged that while five of them were killed in police firing, one was beaten up in police custody and succumbed thereafter.

Shaken by the protests and the rising anger, Chouhan made a breakneck tour of the region and met the aggrieved families, promising a slew of things ranging from free education and waiving mortgage to statues for the dead farmers.

"I am personally looking into the matter and the culprits will not be spared", the Chief Minister said.

The aid was sanctioned from the CM's discretionary fund. Chouhan assured the family members that strict action will be taken against those guilty of killing the farmers. To this, the Chief Minister and his officials kept mum, a senior official told this newspaper.

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Chouhan, along with wife Sadhna, reached Mandsaur and went straight to Badwan village to meet the kin of Ghanshyam Dhakad.

Meanwhile, Scindia is slated to sit on a "satyagraha" at the Dusserah maidan in Bhopal, the state capital, to protest the killing of farmers.

A 42-year-old debt-ridden farmer consumed pesticide and died in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat on Wednesday, the sixth farm suicide in a week in a region rocked by violent protests for better crop prices and a loan waiver.

MP CM's visit has come after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who visited the agitating farmers, followed by Hardik Patel's attempt to visit the crisis-hit city. The farmers allegedly committed suicide due to indebtedness and one of them belonged to Shivraj Singh Chouhan's home district Sehore. "We have procured around 600 to 1000 quintals of onions every day in last two days", Mandsaur mandi secretary MS Muniya told TOI.As per government guidelines, farmers are being paid Rs 800 per quintal, he added.Rest of the business is stagnant, he said adding farmers initially launched the agitation from June 1.

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