Shetkari Sanman Bhavan – One Roof Complex for All Agriculture Offices

It is observed that different offices of agriculture department are scattered at different buildings and campuses. Due to this, it becomes a very hectic job for the farmers who need to accomplish their work at Agriculture Departmental offices. To avoid this and to make it convenient for farmers, it was suggested to assemble all Agriculture Department offices under one roof. It has been possible to establish ‘Shetakari Sanman Bhavan’ due to the cooperation of Agriculture College. They have donated 3 Acres of land for this administrative building. The offices shall be operative within the duration of 1-2 years. Farmer’s Training Centre is also planned in the complex. In line with Rahuri Agriculture University, there will be a section where the information regarding new research, seeds and fertilisers will be provided and here, sales facility will also be offered. There will be a provision of 600 stalls in a year and the farmers can get better marketing opportunities through it. Agriculture Minister Mr Chandrakant Dada Patil assured that this ‘Shetakari Sanman Bhavan’ will be highly beneficial to the farmers.

The Bhoomi Poojan ceremony for Agriculture Department’s ‘Shetakari Sanman Bhavan’ was held at Kolhapur and Agriculture and Revenue Minister, Mr Chandrakant Dada Patil was privileged to perform it. Kolhapur District has progressed substantially with reference to agriculture and supporting sectors. It was essential to assist the farmers with integrated solutions by combining all Agriculture Department offices under one roof; moreover, it will also help in the effective implementation of the schemes and will also empower farmers with advanced technologies and facilities. ‘Shetakari Sanman Bhavan’ will play a crucial role in providing various facilities to the farmers. For this project funds worth rupees 29 Crore 80 Lakhs have been sanctioned.

“Ram”, “King Ram” and “Ram Ram”

Our enriched Marathi Language has numerous meanings of the single word—Ram… You can see, Ram is just a name, it is the pathway to guide us in our life, it is one of the principles. King Ram from Ayodhya city is also one of the identities of Ram. ‘Ram-Rajya’ is the concept used in the Marathi language to represent the governance implemented in for the betterment of people. In the English language, Ram word has a different meaning in Computer Science context. Single-word Ram and its different meanings!! Today, I am talking about ‘Ram’, for two reasons—Ramnavami and election process for Lok Sabha. Otherwise, you might think that I am talking about Ram Temple Ayodhya, but it’s not like that…

Let me explain you everything in detail. During this season it was obvious that political leaders are engaged in election campaigns and planned many meeting and visits countrywide. I am also not an exception. I work for the BJP and I was busy in the election campaign at Baramati. On the occasion of Ramnavami, this year, I could become a witness of a fabulous event during the campaign. So, the story is about that event.

Our country is recognised for –‘Unity in Diversity’. Moreover, our country is blessed and enriched with different arts, festivals, and customs. Our Maharashtra state is also equally important for historical heritage and culture. Marathi people love festivals and celebrate different events, and festivals. When it comes to a rural area, the festival and event celebration becomes just fantastic. In an urban area, people opt for modern ways to save time during celebration and festivals. In villages, festivals are enjoyed and accompanied by other events such as fairs and street festivals. These fairs and festivals are loaded with entertainment, spiritual knowledge, and enlightenment. Fairs have become the major attractions during the festivals and also have an association with the economy.

Due to my election campaign work, I received the opportunity to attend and enjoy such festivals and fairs at different locations. It also refreshed my memories of childhood fairs and festivals attended along with parents. During Ramnavami this year, I could get the opportunity to visit Bhor city. This place is well known and belongs to Pune district and I could become a witness for Bhor Ramnavami festival.

Bhor is a Taluka place. It has also royal and historical significance. King Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj handed over the authority of this place to Shankarji Narayan in 1697. Shri. Shankarji Narayan, Pantsachiv of Bhor, handled Bhor Sansthan’s responsibility very well. Bhor was the capital city and also equipped with a royal palace in the city. It is not just a past, but you can experience the glorious history of the Maratha kingdom today also, it is just 51 Kms far from Pune. This monument is constructed with traditional Indian and Europian architectural style. Old people recall the glorious memories of the festival at Royal Palace. According to them, there was a fountain in front of the palace and during Ramnavami festival well-decorated elephant used to participate in the festival.

There is an ancient Ram temple in the palace. Unfortunately, the original palace got destroyed in the fire during Ramnavami festival; in 1869 a new palace is constructed. According to sources, it required 2 Lakhs Rupees for the construction. On the occasion of Ramnavami, Ram Birth Event is celebrated enthusiastically in the palace. Head of Bhor Sansthan, Pantsachiv, and their ancestors have special honour in Ramnavmi festival. People from Bhor and those left Bhor, state, and the country also, unite together for this festival. Not only this, but they participate in the festival in traditional outfits and promote our culture and traditions. It was just an amazing experience. It also recalled me, on the occasion of Ganesh and Holi festival Konkani people working outside (Chakarmani) visit Konkan villages regularly.

Ram Birth Event is celebrated in the central area of the palace. First-floor gallery is also observed overcrowded on this event. Many people participated in the event with traditional outfits. The Ram birth event was celebrated at exactly 12 PM and the event was accompanied by traditional Marathi musical instruments. All that environment was loaded with enthusiasm and devotion. Amazing is the only word to describe it… It is better to take that experience at least once in life.

On the same day, Janu Bai Goddess festival and fair are observed in the Bhor city. Fair and festival are also fun loaded with wrestling competition. Is’s it our duty to introduce our events, customs, festivals to our next generation? Plan your next Ramnavami at Bhor…

After this event, we left for the Bandevadi village festival and fair from Bhor Taluka. In our culture, Ram-Ram words are used to welcome someone who meets unexpectedly. Even strangers and villagers welcome each other with Ram-Ram words. I must mention this, during Bandewadi festival Baramati Lok Sabha candidate Supriya Tai and our team also met surprisingly and welcome each other by ‘Ram-Ram’ words. In short, our lives are getting more contexts and meaning with the Ram Ram chanting.

Ram Ram!

Being Public Representatives, Ministers will Review the Drought Situation

In Maharashtra state, drought remedies and systems are implemented effectively, and the Maharashtra state government is completely prepared to face the drought situation. Also, the ministers will review the condition in their districts. The information is provided by Revenue, Agriculture, Help and Rehabilitation, and Public Works Department Minister, Hon. Mr Chandrakant Dada Patil. Minister Mr Patil added that the Honourable Chief Minister has requested the Election Commission for the relaxation in the model code of conduct to face the drought condition in the state. Also, Guardian Ministers can review their District condition in this drought situation. Being the part of Rehabilitation Department, he will plan state level visits to finalise and revise drought-related remedies and plans in the state.

Minister Mr Patil said that, for livestock, wherever required, the proper principles are being followed to open the fodder camp. Accordingly, 1264 fodder camps have already started in the state and 8,32,029 cattle are being provided shelter over there. Within these fodder camps, daily 90 Rupees and 45 Rupees allowance are being sanctioned depending on the cattle size. Also, 3699 villages and 8417 Vadis (Colony) in the state are availed water supply through 4774 tankers. 2,74,000 labour has been assigned work under the government scheme – ‘Magel Tyala Kam’ and 34,431 work projects have been completed within the state. Apart from this, approximately 10 Lakh labour can get work through Government initiatives. Minister Mr Patil further added that drought situation is most severe in Marathwada, to overcome that, all the 8 remedial systems of the Government are being implemented effectively. Hon. Mr Patil also informed that instructions are given to authorities for the desired availability of drinking water for people and livestock.

Rahibai, Will Work More Enthusiastically Now…

The science tells us that the earth revolves around itself when it rotates around the sun. But there is something similar in human life also. We also come back in the same direction as we started, when we try to revolve around ourselves. You can consider the example of farming, mainly, in this regard. From conventional farming, we turned to modern farming, hybrid seeds, more yielding varieties and now again turned to organic farming. This is not an attempt to talk or decide about good-bad things about modern farming, but after revolving around, we are again back to our original position, which we can’t deny.

That is why in today’s age too, both Rahibai Popere and her work are majorly important. Both her foresight and her efforts for preserving conventional seeds will be unique. Rahibai is a resident of Popeparwadi, Taluka Akole, District Ahmadnagar. According to the standards of the well-educated or highly educated world, Rahibai is truly uneducated. But her work is very huge, like a hill. Even though she is not well-educated, thoughts of Rahibai and her efforts to implement the thoughts are the guide and roadmap for the educated world too.

A well-honoured and awarded Rahibai, a lady of such stature, does not need any introduction. But the question is how did the idea of saving traditional seeds or making such a seed bank come to her mind? Today the effects of hybrid or similar seeds are coming out in front of the world. Using these seeds is mainly beneficial for a better crop yielding and it is also financially beneficial… But on a long-term basis is disadvantageous. Even before these disadvantages came in front of us, Rahibi had started working on the seed bank. Is it not enough to appreciate her foresight about this? Being one of the farmers, agriculture is my favourite topic too. That is why Rahibai’s efforts and push for the cultivation using traditional seeds is appreciable. There is the least possibility that farmers do not have information about the availability of seeds for further cultivation by the use of conventional seeds. With experience, they also would have understood that with hybrid seed this is not possible. But it must have taken some time to understand. During the same period, the work of preserving and promoting traditional seeds by Rahibai was in progress. That’s why this job is worthwhile.

Rahibai has received many awards for her work, but I can also honour her with one award, this fact also satisfies me. While receiving this award, she gave the idea about the problems in running a traditional seed bank. Many farmers in the Maharashtra and Rahibai were facing the same problem and it was continuous… Farmers who are working hard doesn’t have their own shelter to stay. To resolve this distressing situation, our government is trying and taking appropriate steps and will continue to do so. There has been much good, and positive changes occurring due to the vision of Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. We have taken steps like Chief Minister Solar Farming Scheme and HVDS in agriculture. I am sure that even more steps will be picked up and I promise you for the same here … But this is not the time and occasion to discuss it.

However, the award was given to Rahibai, but there was a discomfort in the mind due to the misery she was facing. I was constantly thinking about what I can do in this situation… And finally, I took one decision… to give Rahibai her own house…

A house where foreign delegates or Indian delegates can visit her easily to know more about Rahibai’s work and a house where there is a perfect system for saving seeds. The house, so designed is planned in such a way that her basic needs will get fulfilled and had started making efforts in that direction.

Today, I am happy to announce that through the Kartavya Foundation, Rahibai has got her own house where all her needs can be fulfilled. I am also satisfied that I could contribute to this noble cause with my little share. Now, Rahibaibi can continue to work more and more. If hundreds-thousands of people are getting the benefit of her work today, in the future millions of people should be able to get the benefit through Rahibai’s work. Not only Maharashtra but also the whole country should be prosperous, healthy and “sujalam-sufalam” in the future. What else a farmer like me could have demanded from God?

For all the state level department recruitment process, Maratha Community comprises 16% seats

According to the legislation approved in the Legislative Assembly, the Maratha community is not banned for the government recruitment process with the reservation of 16% seats in the government jobs. The court said that the appointment letter should not be given only till the result. Therefore, all the state level departmental recruitment advertisements have taken into consideration 16% reservation of Maratha community. E.g. The recruitment advertisement for 10,000 teacher’s recruitment process is assumed to be with 16% reservation for the Maratha community.

This was the meaning of the government decision taken by the General Administration Department. Chandrakant (Dada) Patil, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers appointed for the schemes for the Maratha community, appealed to the people not to create confusion and disputes in the society in the wrong way.

Significant Decision Implemented to Resolve the Inconvenience of the Rural Woman

To resolve the problem of women who stay in the area where there is a huge scarcity of water or the village is suffering from drought, and also for uniform and genuine distribution of tanker water, Rehabilitation Minister, Mr Chandrakant Patil and the president of committee took one significant decision to help the victims of natural disasters. This decision is about the installation and mounting of 10,000-liter capacity plastic water tanks in drought-affected villages.

This information was presented by Mr. Patil during the meeting, which was aligned to combat the drought situation in Maharashtra. During this meeting, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development State Cabinet Minister Mr Mahadev Jankar, State Minister Arjun Khotkar, Upper Chief Secretary of Rehabilitation Department Medha Gadgil, Upper Chief Secretary of Water Supply Department Shyamlal Goyal, and Agriculture and Employment Guarantee Scheme Secretary Mr Ekanath Dawale were present.

Mr. Patil added that 1688 villages are taking the benefit of the water tanker facility but generally, when tanker arrives, there is a huge crowd creating an inconvenience for village women. To avoid this inconvenience to women, they are planning to install 10000-liter capacity water tanks contributed from social responsibility funds. They also had a discussion with a few corporate companies who are going to help them in this matter. There will be 10 tap connections attached to each tank and the tank will be filled with tanker water. This will avoid the problem of huge crowd rush during the tanker water supply. Sufficient amount has already been transferred to a drought affected area by the state government. They are also careful that this help is offered to the farmers.

It is observed that during the drought situation around 144.42 lakh metric ton dry fodder will be required for cattle. To overcome this requirement, National Agricultural Scheme Fodder Development Programme is implemented for the production of 9.62 lakh metric ton green fodder. 19,878 applications have been accepted for the 85,338-hectare area. They have been provided with 14,906 quintal seeds yet. Harvested crushed area of 18450 hectares is targeted to produce 14.33 lakh metric ton fodder. This information was presented by Mr. Patil in the meeting.

According to the requirement, multiple fodder camps will be started

Osmanabad, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani, Ahmednagar, and Aurangabad districts have already started with fodder camps. 7357 cattle are admitted to the camp. Depending on requirements and after reviewing applications, immediate fodder camps can be started in the region and for this procedure, the instructions are given to the District Collector. If the number of cattle is more and any organization or person is ready to open new fodder camp, they can continue with the procedure of opening more than one fodder camp in that region.

Maharashtra State Is Declared with Maximum Funds for Drought Relief

Today the Central Government declared Rs 4714 Crore 28 Lakh fund for drought relief in Maharashtra. This amount is declared in the first step and the State Government is going to take follow-up for the remaining amount to combat drought condition. As the State Government is committed to support farmers, if required the farmers will be supported by State Government till then; this information was shared by Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, Mr. Chandrakant Patil.

The Central Government has declared 4714 Crore 28 Lakh Rupee fund for the Drought Relief Program in Maharashtra. This decision was taken at the meeting conducted by Central Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh. Mr. Patil added that the drought situation has risen in Maharashtra due to below average rains in the month of August and September. The State Government has declared 151 Tehsil affected by drought and an amount of Rs 7950 Crore was been asked for these drought-affected Tehsils. After that Rs. 4714 crores and 28 Lakh fund amount has been declared by the Central Government for this purpose. This amount is significant, and is the highest amount declared for the Drought Relief Fund to the Maharashtra state till date. The funds have been released in the first step now and the Central Government is positive towards the release of next Drought Relief Fund amount. The State Government is going to take follow-up for the remaining amount of Rs 2200 Crore fund.

Maharashtra State has been allotted with the highest amount of fund for the drought relief among all the other states. Apart from this, 268 Mandal and 968 villages which are not fitting in the conditions of the Central Government but have been declared as drought affected will be helped by the State Government on their own. The State Government is planning to distribute Rs 2900 Crore funds on an immediate basis without the availability of funds from the Central Government. Mr. Patil added, the way State Government helped farmers without waiting for the release of funds from the Central Government when the cotton crop was affected by disease (Bond Ali), this time also State Government is going to support farmers in facing drought. Therefore, farmers need not be worried about the drought situation.

Also, the villages which are not fitting in the drought conditions of the Central Government for the fund release, will be helped by the State Government and the proposal is under the process about the fund requirements for these villages. This information was also shared by Mr. Patil.

Fodder Camp to be Started in The Drought-Affected Area

The State Government has taken significant decisions for drought relief and now the State Government is going to start Fodder Camp in the drought-affected areas. Also, the farmers from the drought-affected areas will be helped by the State Government and the funds to be distributed for this purpose are around Rs 2900 Crore. This decision is shared by State Revenue, Relief, and Rehabilitation Minister, Mr Chandrakant Patil.

Mr. Patil shared this information at the press conference organized in the assembly. During this press conference, Upper Chief Secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation Department, Ms Medha Gadgil and Director of Disaster Recovery Department Mr Daulat Desai were present.

Mr. Patil informed that the State Government is strongly supporting farmers during the drought condition. There was a meeting conducted for the drought relief and different remedies to fight against drought were discussed in the meeting. In this meeting, the rules and regulations related to starting the Fodder Camp were discussed. According to this discussion, Fodder Camps are going to be started at a regional level once the Collector receives the proposal. In general, one camp will include 300 to 500 cattle. Depending on the count of cattle, if required, one more Fodder Camp can be started in the same region and relative rights are given to the District Collector. The State Government is going to take a decision in this regard as early as possible. The State Government has also asked government-aided cow habitats or cow tending centres to open Fodder Camps, as an effect of which 5 Fodder Camps are already in work.

The State Government has sent the proposal with the requirement of Rs 7900 crore for drought relief purpose and help to farmers. The State Government is going to help farmers on their own until the funds are released by the Central Government. As per this decision, Rs 2900 Crore funds are been processed for distribution on commissioner level. And farmers will get the helping amount as early as possible in their accounts.

Mr. Patil also added that to overcome the problem of water scarcity, many proposals are sanctioned such as tap water supply, pipeline repair, etc. Many other schemes are also being sanctioned for regular water supply. Apart from this, if the water supply is halted due to pending light bills, then the government is going to pay 5% of pending light bills from their own funds. This will also start regular water supply if it is interrupted due to outstanding light bills.

It is also decided that the production of fodder needs to be increased. National Agricultural Development Scheme for cattle-feed has provided 10,000 quintal seeds for this purpose.

Development of The Agricultural Complex in Kolhapur

The decision for the development of Agricultural Complex in the Kolhapur is sanctioned today. This decision will help to organize all agricultural activities and offices under one roof. The meeting was conducted at Agriculture Minister Mr Chandrakant Dada Patil’s official cabin. Other attendees of the meeting were Mr. Sachin Dawle from the Agriculture Department, Mr. Ajit Sagane, the Secretary, Construction Department, Deputy Collector of Kolhapur district Mr. Sanjay Shinde, Regional Deputy Director Mr. Dashrath Kamble, Agriculture Officer Jandev Wakhure, an engineer from Public Works Department Mr. Sonawane, Chief Secretary Of Rahuri Agriculture University Dr. D.D. Pawar and Dr. Gajanan Khot from Kolhapur Agriculture College. It will simplify the earlier scattered process of the Agriculture Department in the district and bring it under one roof.

The Agriculture Department proposed the plan of the Agricultural Complex in front of the Honorable Minister to simplify the scattered process of different schemes and to increase the efficiency and controlling of different schemes. As per that proposal Honorable Agricultural Minister, Mr. Chandrakant Dada Patil approved the development proposal of the Agricultural Complex in today’s meeting. With reference to this, the order will be issued in 15 days and respective authorities from the Agriculture Department are instructed about the same. Also, Public Works Department authorities are instructed to prepare an action plan for the development of the Agricultural Complex.

Currently, there are nine different offices in Kolhapur city in the Agriculture Department, out of which 6 offices are operating in private buildings on a rental basis. Apart from this Agriculture Department has also finalized to start the Insecticide Analysis Laboratory in the Kolhapur city. Due to this, the total count of Agricultural Offices will become 10. Therefore, the Agriculture Department has planned to organize all these offices under one roof in the Agricultural Complex. Since this decision is approved at today’s meeting, all these offices will work under one roof now.

The proposed Agricultural Complex will contain different bodies under one roof such as Regional Agricultural Department, Project Director, Regional Agricultural Authority, Tehsil Agricultural Authority, Mandal Agriculture Authority, District Soil Assessment and Testing Laboratories, Chemical Fertilizers Analysis Laboratory, Insecticide Analysis Laboratory, and Storage. Along with this, training hall for farmers, boarding for farmers, library, direct agriculture goods sale processing facilities will also be given in the Agriculture Complex.