CM should give Rs 25k per hectare to farmers: Fadnavis

MUMBAI: The Opposition leader in the Maharashtra Assembly on Sunday said the prime minister must now meet his own previous demand of Rs 25,000 per hectare to farmers for crop damage.

Fadnavis made the demand in the Legislative Assembly while congratulating the leader of the Congress, Nana Patole, for having been elected without opposition as President of the Lower House.

Uddhav Thackeray, as leader of his party ( Shiv Sena ), while touring the state (last month, when he was not the prime minister) he demanded 25,000 rupees per hectare from the farmers to help. I think I should make sure now that the farmers get the assistance, Fadnavis said.

Speaking to reporters in Nagpur overnight, Fadnavis said the BJP welcomes the state government's announcement to present a white paper on the state of the economy.

Fadnavis demanded that the state government announce immediate financial aid for farmers without waiting for the central guarantee, considering the need for the time.

We welcome the announcement of the white paper, he said.

Instead of waiting for the Center's assistance, the Maharashtra governments should immediately announce a support of Rs 25,000 per hectare to the farmers, the former prime minister said, adding that he had never expected the central funds in urgent circumstances when he was in the power.

Fadnavis was received by a large number of BJP workers after his arrival in Nagpur, his hometown.

Sena president Thackeray swore on Thursday as prime minister after his party joined with the PNC and Congress to form a government in the state.

The three parties forged an alliance after Sena fought with BJP, a pre-poll ally, for sharing the ministerial post in chief.

Last month, when a bitter dispute between the Seine and the BJP began over the formation of the government, Thackeray toured some areas where farmers suffered crop damage due to non-seasonal rains after the monsoons this year.

He had rated the Rs 10,000 rupee package announced by the then state government run by Fadnavis as inadequate and demanded that the affected farmers receive Rs 25,000 per hectare as compensation.