Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said on Sunday that the agricultural damage due to the recent floods in western Maharashtra and parts of Marathwada was “unprecedented” and assured quick financial help to the affected farmers.
Addressing a meeting of farmers in the Tuljapur-Paranda region of Osmanabad district in Marathwada, the former Union Agriculture Minister assured them that he would discuss the issue of financial relief with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and also seek assistance from the Center.
Officials said on Friday that heavy rains and flooding killed at least 48 people in Maharashtra’s Pune, Konkan and Aurangabad divisions, while heavy rains in the past had caused extensive damage to crops lying in lakhs of hectares.
Pawar said, “This is unprecedented. The land has been destroyed in such a way that crops cannot be re-sown for a year or two. The floods in the region have destroyed the agricultural economy.”
Pawar said, “The standing crops have been destroyed and the land has been damaged. Everything needs to be fixed. The state government cannot do this alone. We are at the center as well as about the long-term package and immediate assistance.” will talk.” Whose party is a coalition partner in the Thackeray-led state government.
Mr. Pawar asked the farmers not to give up hope.
“This is a big crisis and we will all face it together,” he said.
Mr. Pawar recalled how the region bravely faced its earthquake in 1993 in Kallari (Latur) in Latur and Osmanabad, killing around 10,000 people.
The then Chief Minister of the state, Mr. Pawar said, “We have overcome the problems at that time and even now.”
Shri Pawar said that the Chief Minister has to be alert on many occasions, one of them is the immersion of the idols of Ganesha.
“The Chief Minister cannot sleep until the last idol is immersed. On that day, there was a problem in Panvel (Navi Mumbai) during the immersion and I was busy discussing with the local administration to resolve the problem.”
He said, “It was 3.15 am and I went to sleep. But at 4 in the morning the doors and windows of my house were shaken and I realized that it was an earthquake. I came to know that the epicenter was the earthquake.”