The Maharashtra government on Monday removed Kishore Tiwari from the post of chairman of a state-appointed agricultural body, as per an official order. Although the order issued by the Assistant Secretary (Revenue and Forestry Department), Sanjay Dharurkar, did not mention the reason for Tiwari’s sudden withdrawal as Chairman of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM), it alleged that the action followed his letter. to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on farmer suicide. The order stated that the appointment of Kishore Tiwari was revoked and the Divisional Commissioner, Amravati, was given the additional charge. Tiwari, a spokesperson for Shiv Sena, has written to Prime Minister Modi demanding urgent action to stop the ongoing suicides among farmers in Maharashtra.
He also requested the Prime Minister to visit the village of the deceased farmer, Dashrath Kedari, in the Pune district of Maharashtra. The farmer, Dashrath Kedari, had consumed pesticides before jumping into the pond at Wadgaon Anand village in Junnar tehsil on Saturday, prima facie for not getting the MSP for onions, according to Pune police.
The farmer had left behind a suicide note in which he reportedly sent birthday wishes to Prime Minister Modi and urged him to secure a guaranteed price for onions and other crops.
”A victim of the continued failure of policies in tackling the agrarian crisis, distress and depression in the agrarian community of Maharashtra. Urgent action is now needed from the central government to stop the ongoing farmer suicides,” Tiwari wrote. Reacting to his dismissal, Tiwari on Monday called the state government’s decision a “repercussion” of his letter to the prime minister in which he criticized state government policy.
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