NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek assistance for farmers who have suffered losses due to heavy rains in Maharashtra.
Pawar visited Kankarbawadi, Sastur villages in Osmanabad district of Marathwada region earlier in the day and interacted with farmers affected by the recent rains.
Heavy rains and floods have claimed at least 48 lives in Maharashtra's Pune, Konkan and Aurangabad divisions while lakhs of hectares of agricultural land have witnessed extensive damage.
Twenty-nine persons have died in rain-related incidents in western Maharashtra which falls under the Pune division, 16 in central Maharashtra's Aurangabad division, which covers Osmanabad, and three people died in coastal Konkan, officials said on Friday.
"The central government should help the farmers here and for that, I will meet the prime minister along with other Members of Parliament," Pawar said while talking to farmers in Sastur village. He also added that the state government has its limitations in helping farmers affected by the heavy rains and claimed that the central government should extend aid.
"I have told other Members of Parliament that we will go to New Delhi in the next eight to ten days and have a meeting with the prime minister on this. The remedy for the issue must be found by the state and the Centre together," the former Union agriculture minister said.
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