Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday that Maharashtra is facing a “historic economic crisis” and the state government has no option but to take a loan to help the flood-affected people in the state. . Pawar, who was on a tour of Marathwada region to take stock of the flood situation, told reporters in Osmanabad district’s Tuljapur that the state government alone could not do anything during such a big crisis. Last week, heavy rain and floods in Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan regions killed at least 48 people, while crops on millions of hectares of land were destroyed.
According to official information, 40,036 people have been evacuated to safer places in four districts till Friday. Of these, 32,500 people are from Solapur and more than six thousand people are from Pune.
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Pawar said, “To help the flood affected people, the state has no option but to take a loan. The state is facing a historical economic crisis. I will meet the Chief Minister to discuss the issue. ”The former Union Agriculture Minister said that the worst affected areas include Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur, Nanded and Pandharpur. He said that soybean, cotton and sugarcane crops have been destroyed.
Asked why Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is not visiting the state, Pawar said, “I had requested Thackeray to stop and plan at one place.” The administration needs to make a decision by making a proper plan. ”He said that farmers have taken up farming by taking loans and the crop was also destroyed due to floods.
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He said that the soil of the fields was washed away and wells, pipelines and houses were also damaged due to heavy rains. He said, “The state and central governments work together in times of crisis. The state government cannot do anything alone during such a huge crisis. ”
He said, “I have read that the Prime Minister spoke to the Chief Minister and assured that the Central Government is with the state.” We have differences but in such a crisis, we unite. “We would welcome if (former Chief Minister) Devendra Fadnavis comes with us (to demand a package for farmers).” Regarding the recently implemented new agricultural laws, Pawar said that the market has been opened and farmers can sell their crops anywhere.
He said, “But earlier the government used to decide on MSP (Minimum Support Price) which is not there now.” If the central government says that it will give MSP, then why was it not included in the law, this is the question of farmers.