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Anyone growing opium won’t be spared: Pawar

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said anyone involved in growing opium poppy in the district will be not spared.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said anyone involved in growing opium poppy in the district will be not spared. The Pune Guardian Minister also urged farmers to co-operate with police so that the illegal plots and the farmers can easily be identified and action can be taken against them.

Speaking at a prize distribution ceremony at Pune Zilla Parishad,where 102 awards were given to farmers for excellence in the field of agriculture,Pawar said,“Some people are linking me with the discovery of opium farms only because the land (in a village in Shirur taluka) belongs to my district. It is unfair to connect me with the incident. I have given instructions to the police to deal with the erring farmers strictly and not to spare anybody indulging in the farming of the banned crop.”

Advocating revoking of the ban on cotton export,Pawar critisised Union Commerce,Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma’s decision to impose the ban. “While deciding the ban,he did not hold any discussions or consider the implications. He took the decision unilaterally. Prices of cotton have fallen by over Rs 500 per quintal resulting in loss to farmers,” Pawar said adding he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a couple of days ago and requested him to revoke the ban.

Speaking on the scarcity of water,Pawar said the opposition parties should not indulge in politics over the matter. “We all need to use water sparingly,” Pawar said.