Bawankule slams admin for apathy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Oct 2017 09:08:35


Staff Reporter,

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule assured that Government will provide adequate help to farmers and their families who got affected by pesticide poisoning in Nagpur district. He instructed officials of Agriculture Department to spread awareness and guide farmers to take precautions while spraying pesticides in their fields. After 15 deaths, finally Guardian Minister instructed officials to visit personally and interact with affected farmers and provide them proper help as early as possible. Every pesticide poisoning affected family in the district should get proper help from the administration, Bawankule ordered.

M B Shende, Agriculture Superintendent informed Bawankule that five deaths have been reported due to inhaling pesticides out of which one death was reported in July, one in August, one in Septmeber and 2 deaths in October while other 10 deaths due to its consumption. The first death in this case was recorded on July 17. Manik Sadashiv Shende of Kalmeshwar, Prabhakar Bapurao Misal of Bhivapur taluka, Muralidhar Ramchandra Khadse of Kamptee, Sambhaji Motiram Wange and Dinesh Devrao Dholwar of Mauda taluka are the farmers in the district, who died due to poisoning through inhaling of pesticide.

Till date, not a single official visited the affected villages and interacted with the farmers and their families. Many farmers are admitted in GMCH, IGMCH and other Government hospitals in the district but no official take any initiative to help farmers. He also asked Agriculture Assistants and Taluka Agriculture officers to remain present in Headquarters for guiding farmers in this regard.

Agriculture Department saying that there are 15 farmers died through poisoning while Police are quoting that they have registered only nine poisoning deaths. These statements exposed the lack of co-ordination between all three departments about the crisis.

To check the scenario of pesticide poisoning, Guardian Minister chaired a meeting at Ravi Bhavan. He instructed officials of revenue, agriculture and Police Departments to take quick actions to curb such incidents in the district. MLA Mallikarjun Reddy, Sunil Kedar, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Sub Divisional Revenue Officer, District Superintendent of Agriculture and other senior officials were present during meeting.