Independent MP and Shetkari Sanghatanas leader Raju Shetty said he would organise a conference on drought on April 10 in Satara to highlight the lackadaisical approach of both the state and the Central governments towards the drought situation in the state. The meeting would be preceded by various rallies by farmers originating from various parts of the state.
Shetty,who was addressing a press conference in the city on Thursday,said the Central governments Rs 1,500-crore package to the state to mitigate the drought was not enough. At present,the government is giving relief packages worth Rs 50,000 to orchards,which needs to be increased to Rs 1.25 lakh. Also,the price of milk should be increased by Rs 5 per litre. It would help farmers survive such tough times, he said.
Shetty added that the state government should make necessary arrangements to ensure the children of the farmers from the drought affected areas continue with their education. Children of farmers from drought-hit areas should be given exemption from their fees so that they continue with their education without difficulty.