Mumbai, January 23: Nana Patekar, veteran Bollywood actor on Thursday spoke in support of the farmers of Maharashtra again and said only loan waivers would not resolve the issue of farmers’ suicide in drought-hit areas of Maharashtra. "It is okay if political leaders don't give money to farmers. They don't only need loan waivers, they need emotional support & encouragement. We need to talk to them. Farmers are not beggars", Patekar said.
During an interview session at an event in Chinchwad in Pune on Wednesday, the actor said that farmers were not beggars and along with waivers, they need emotional support. Reports inform that Patekar made this statement at an event organised by Kalarang Sanstha to mark its 21st anniversary. Maharashtra Farmers' Suicides: 300 Farmers Killed Selves in November 2019 After Unseasonal Rains.
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Nana Patekar: It is ok if political leaders don't give money to farmers. They don't only need loan waivers, they need emotional support and encouragement. We need to talk to them. Farmers are not beggars. (22.1.2020) #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/4HDHNkUPPJ
— ANI (@ANI) January 23, 2020
In September 2015, Patekar and another actor Makrand Anaspure had distributed cheques of financial aid to as many as 113 families of farmers of Maharashtra. The two actors had helped the families from Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada, who had committed suicides due to drought conditions in the state and indebtedness.