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STATE PROPOSES MAHUA WINERIES IN FOREST RICH VIDARBHA

assembly4The three main issues that formed the subject of most discussions at the state assembly on the fourth day were Reduction in production of fishes, farmers loan with cooperative banks and herbal wine Mahuwa to generate more revenue. The issue of reduction of fishes in the last year came in the calling motion by MLA Uday Samant. He demanded discussions on the same. Speaking on behalf of the state, Minister Hasan Mushrif accepted that there has been reduction but since the percentage was less than 50%, it could be categorized as famine. The state however, has decided to make compensation packages for fishermen. With the increasing pollution of city creeks and dumping of hazardous chemical waste and sewerage in the creeks, the marine life and eco system has been massively affected. No one however brought up this for discussions. HERBAL WINE The Maharashtra government will encourage creation of ‘mahua’ wineries in forest-rich eastern Vidarbha where mahua trees grow in abundance, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced in the state assembly. Wineries will be a part of the comprehensive scheme aimed at boosting the economy of the region which will include production of fuel oil and soaps from the mahua seeds among other things. The government will announce the comprehensive scheme during the current budget session itself,’ the chief minister said. Forest Minister Babanrao Pachpute said that the forests in the region have 30 million mahua trees that yield annually yield 150,000 tones of flowers and nearly 40,000 tones of seeds which would now be used for making oils and soaps besides wine. NITIN GADKARI TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF FAILED FARMER’S POLICY MLC Nitin Gadkari informed the house that a farmer had taken a loan from the land development bank and when he returned over Rs. 7 lakhs to the bank against his loan, the bank has reduced only Rs. 8000 from his principle. He blamed the bank that is a state undertaking, for exploitation of farmers. He also attacked the CM and Dy. CM. It is not a hidden fact that most cooperative banks belong to the influential politicians, and farmers who have taken loans from these banks form the majority of those who have committed suicides. Hence regulating these cooperative banks is utmost important. The question is “who will bell the cat”From Vidhan Bhavan, with cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.

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