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’Compensation must reach disaster–hit farmers’

Mumbai, January 5: Shiv Se President Uddhav Thackeray on Monday announced that his party would see to it that the recent compensation announced by the state government for the hailstorm hit farmers reaches the affected people. “We will ensure that the compensation announced by the government reaches the right people…We shall do our best for the farmers,” Thackeray said here. He observed that the state government has lagged behind in providing relief to the farmers grappling with drought and unseasol rain, adding that he plans to tour the affected regions again. Thackeray’s announcement came after Chief Minister Devendra Fadvis recently announced compensation for the farmers hit by the spell of hailstorms and unseasol rain which resulted in crop damage in vast tracts of farmland in several parts of the state. The Se chief was speaking to the media on his forthcoming five–day exhibition of around 70 photographs opening at Jehangir Art Gallery here on January 7. The exhibition will be iugurated by tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and the proceeds from the sale of the pictures will go to provide relief to the distressed farmers and their families in the ‘suicide belts’ of the state, Thackeray added.  (IANS)

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