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Acche din? PM Modi’s one year in power saw 1,306 farmer suicides in Maharashtra

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The one-year office tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi  witnessed a record 1306 farmers suicide in Maharashtra as claimed by a farmers’ watchdog on Monday.

Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti chief Kishore Tiwari said that the statistics is around 40 per cent higher than the same in between May 2013 and May 2014.

“The optimistic view about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi might not be true for the Vidarbha farmers which are the focal point of Indian farmland suicides in the past 10 years,” said Tiwari.

As the NDA II marked its first year in the power, 1306 farmers committed suicide as reported by official statistics. The five million agrarian communities of the state witnessed 448 suicides in the first 140 days of 2015 and the trend has been on the rise, Tiwari told IANS.

“Various factors like the previous year’s crises, including irreparable damage to Kharif and Rabi crops, drastic climatic changes resulting in heavy droughts and floods coupled with hailstorms, and market recessions acted as catalyst in the steady increase of suicide rates,” said Tiwari.

“Farmers don’t find any interest in the grand celebration of PM Modi’s first anniversary where over three million cotton farmers and two million tribal families continue to battle starvation in the fields of Vidarbha,” he said.

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)