CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadanavis on Wednesday turned teacher as he taught a lesson, “How do I get water?”, from a textbook to Class I students of the primary school of Pune Zilla Parishad in Wagholi.
He spoke about water problems in rural areas and steps taken to resolve it by involving locals.
Also, Fadnavis, along with the students, took a pledge on maintaining cleanliness. He later distributed chocolates to students.
In another function at a school run by the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) for the children of farmers who have committed suicides in the state, he said the state government was working towards bringing an end to farmers’ suicides.
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“The state government is taking steps for the rehabilitation of the families of the farmers who have committed suicides. However, the society as a whole needs to come forward to work towards it,” he said.
“The western world believes in ‘survival of fittest’ but in our society ‘Vasudev Kutumbukam’ is followed,” Fadnavis said, adding that the state had suffered severely due to shortage of rainfall in the past few years and the government had launched projects like Jalyukt Shivar for tackling the situation.
“The state government and the society should work towards tackling the woes of the farmers so that there are no more suicides. The failure to provide irrigation facilities in the past had added to the sufferings of the farmers but the Jalyukt Shivar initiative of the state government, along with public participation, has provided farmers hope to carry on farming,” he said. Fadnavis added that the initiative had become a movement and was changing the lives of farmers.
Amruta Fadnavis, wife of the chief minister, requested the school run by BJS to impart agriculture education to children so that they would have a better impression about farming.