The Centre’s Narendra Modi government may have allegedly splashed over Rs 1,000 crore on ads highlighting what it claims have been its achievements of the last two years in office.
But, farmers in India’s worst affected region by severe drought, Marathwada, have asked why Prime Minister Modi had not visited them even once.
The region has also witnessed the most number of farmers’ suicides with nearly 3,000 farmers ending their lives in this year alone, says an NDTV report.
One local farmer in Beed said that they were ‘suffering’ and ‘dying’ while prime minister was ‘busing touring the world.’
“Prime minister is spending crores on foreign trips, but he hasn’t come to Marathwada region, which is facing a severe water crisis,” said a farmer.
Another farmer said that Modi had fulfilled the promises he made to the people two years ago.
The farmers are also angry that the prime minister had not kept his word on increasing the minimum support price for farmers’ crops.
Earlier this week, the PTI reported that the administration and people in drought-hit Marathwada were pinning their hopes on monsoon as only one percent water was left in the dams of the parched region.
Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner Umakant Dangat had said, “There is only one per cent water left in dams in Marathwada region. We are also using the groundwater stock. The IMD’s forecast is good and we hope that we will be able to carry on till the monsoon arrives. We have acquired wells and bore wells for water supply.”
This is the fourth year of drought in Marathwada in the last five years. Each of its 8,522 villages has been affected for two consecutive years.
You can watch the report here.