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New Delhi: The Delhi government will set up a cell and monitoring committee to look into the problems faced by students from the northeastern states, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. Kejriwal told a delegation of students who called on him that he will look into their other demands, including northeast culture in the curriculum of Delhi government schools, and setting up of community centres. Kejriwal assured the students that the government “will set up the cell immediately to have a better coordination and resolution of your issues”.

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“The cell will look into all your problems and demands. We will put people who understand your problems in the cell,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying by an official. Students from the northeastern states have faced racial slurs and assaults in the national capital. Kejriwal sought their help in designing the education syllabus, and said: “Please be a partner of the Delhi government, keep coming to us with suggestions and let us work as partners. “The delegation submitted a memorandum which read: “Thank you for meeting us today to look into the issues that continue to affect around 6-7 lakh northeast India community who are studying, working and residing here.”

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)