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  Metros   Mumbai  14 Feb 2018  Farmers protest in vidarbha, demand reimbursement for crop damage

Farmers protest in vidarbha, demand reimbursement for crop damage

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Published : Feb 14, 2018, 3:42 am IST
Updated : Feb 14, 2018, 3:42 am IST

They organised rasta roko on Amaravati-Nagpur road and threw burning tyres on the road.

Ashish Deshmukh
 Ashish Deshmukh

Mumbai: Agitations and roadblocks were witnessed in Vidarbha on Tuesday. Farmers demanded compensations after their crops were damaged due to hailstorm in the last four days. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ashish Deshmukh, who is unhappy with CM Devendra Fadnavis and is likely to quit the party soon, also participated in the protest.

Hailstorms hit Vidarbha and Marathwada areas last week affecting the crops in the region. Farmers have suffered major losses in many villages.The government has asked officials to start panchnamas for losses, but the process has allegedly not began yet. Hence, angry farmers agitated on Tuesday morning. 

They organised rasta roko on Amaravati-Nagpur road and threw burning tyres on the road. Deputy speaker Manikrao Thackray will visit the affected area in Vidarbha. The leader of opposition in the legislative council Dhananjay Munde will visit Beed and other parts of Marathwada to meet affected farmers. 

Sources in revenue department claimed that the primary report has been submitted to the agriculture department. The revenue department has started the work of Panchnama, but due to political reasons, agitations started immediately, added sources. “Hailstorm is just over, and agitations started immediately. How will the government start disbursement before panchanama and assessment of damage?” asked sources from the revenue department. 

Tags: devendra fadnavis, ashish deshmukh, dhananjay munde