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New Delhi: A farmer from Varanasi who won national acclaim for giving away free seeds to farmers across the country, is in despair, unable to meet the expenditure on his wife who lies in coma in hospital. After spending around Rs.4 lakh here, a bitter Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi is on his way back to Varanasi, with just one ray of hope.

“Kisan Baba”, as he is widely known, says he believes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will respond to his plight and come to his wife’s rescue.

But right now, Raghuvanshi, in his 60s, is deeply disappointed. He had admitted his wife, Shakuntala Singh, on October 28 into a private hospital here after she went into coma at S.S. Hospital in Banaras Hindu University campus after a long treatment.

Apparently, doctors ended up injecting excessive calcium, leading to the coma.

After his wife failed to come out of coma in Varanasi, now Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, Raghuvanshi brought her to Delhi in the hope she will be cured.

“Till Thursday, I had paid the hospital around Rs.4 lakh. Now I can’t afford to pay more. So I am returning to Varanasi. I have been paying the hospital here Rs.50-60,000 daily,” the man told.

“Some students of Thaper Engineering College of Chandigarh and one Yashpal Bansal have helped me a lot but it was not enough,” he added with a touch of despair.

Raghuvanshi is from village Tandiya, 20 km from Varanasi city. He has not only been developing a variety of seeds that produce more grains but providing them free of cost to farmers all over India.

Till now, more than 100,000 farmers have benefitted from his seeds.

“To treat my wife I had to sell her jewellery. How can I leave her in this condition? She has helped me in my mission for the last 30 years. If needed, I will sell my agricultural land too to save her,” he said.

But Raghuvanshi is annoyed over the government’s attitude to farmers.

IMG-20151112-WA0022“I am fed up. Governments do nothing for farmers. Farmers of this country will have to be self-dependent.”

Raghuvanshi has 3.5 acres of agricultural land, which has been turned into a laboratory to develop new varieties of seeds. He promotes these among farmers.

He undertook a “Kisan Rath Yatra” in 2007, after buying a four-wheeler by taking a bank loan.

He travelled more than one lakh km across the country. His “rath” held small packets of seeds which were distributed to farmers for free.

It is this mission that fetched him the National Award for Innovation in Agriculture in 2009 from then President Pratibha Patil.

However, Raghuvanshi has not given up. He hopes — and prays — that Modi will somehow learn about his wife’s plight and come to their rescue.

“After reaching Varanasi, I will contact the PM’s Office. I hope at least they help me,” he told news agencies.

(Brajendra Nath Singh, IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Appeals MPs To Utilize Their Winter Season Well

The session would have 20 sittings spread over 29 days

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Prime Minister Naredndra Modi on Monday appealed to all MPs at an all-party meeting to utilize the winter session of Parliament well as it will be the last full-fledged session before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing an all-party meet at Parliament House a day before the session commences, Modi said the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures and was open to the opposition’s inputs for better working of Parliament.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar briefed the media on what transpired in the meeting.

“The Prime Minister said that we all need to cooperate with each other on the issues of public interest. He underlined that in a democracy both the government and the opposition share their inputs for efficient governance,” Tomar said, quoting the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister also said that the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures. If anybody wants to bring something to the government’s notice inside the House or even outside, we are open to it,” he added.

Tomar said that all the political parties present at the meeting have assured full cooperation in the smooth functioning of Parliament.

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Asked if the government was ready for a JPC probe in the Rafale fighter jets deal, he said the opposition had several issues including Rafale, farmers’ plight and economy “but they would have to prioritise things as the session was only four weeks long.

“These things can be settled in the Business Advisory Meetings,” he added.

The Minister said a legislation on Ram Mandir was “not the topic of today’s discussion”.

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“When something to this effect comes up, we will let you know,” he said.

He said the government had 46 items on the agenda including three ordinances, Supplementary Budget and government legislations.

The session would have 20 sittings spread over 29 days. (IANS)