In what can be said to be one of the most unorthodox moves taken by the farmers in the recent past, an onion-grower from Maharashtra sent his earnings to the Prime Minister to mark his protest depicting his painful situation.
Sanjay Sathe, resident of Niphad tehsil in Nashik district got just rupees 1064 after selling 750 kg of onion was among the handful of `progressive farmers’ selected by the Union agriculture ministry for an interaction with then US president Barack Obama when he visited India in 2010.
Sathe said, “I produced 750 kg of onion in this season but was offered a rate of Rs 1 per kg at Niphad wholesale market last week. “Finally I could negotiate a deal for Rs 1.40 per kg and received Rs 1,064 for 750 kg, he said. “It was painful to see such paltry returns on four months of toil. Hence I have donated Rs 1,064 to Disaster Relief Fund of the PMO as a protest. I had to pay additional Rs 54 for sending it by money order,” he said.
“I do not represent any political party. But I am angry because of the government’s apathy towards our woes,” he added. The money order was sent on November 29 from the Niphad office of India Post.