Farmers in the state of Maharashtra are struggling to feed their families as the number of cropland planted in India continues to surge.
The state’s government announced the launch of a drought relief scheme in the district of Nagpur on Friday, hoping to provide the government with cash to help with food, fodder and other needs.
However, farmers in the drought-hit area are complaining that the government has not given enough help.
In an interview to the media, the district’s head of government, B R Yadav, said the drought relief plan had not been implemented as promised.
“The government has promised Rs 10 lakh for the farmers in drought-affected areas but they have not been given any cash.
We have been waiting for a month and a half for the cash to be given,” he said.
“There is no cash to buy food, the crop has been sold, we have had to sell our fields for food.
It is unbearable.”
According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Farmers, in the six months to October 31, the number a year-on-year increase of cropping in the country has hit 9.3 per cent, from 8.8 per cent in 2015-16.
The government of Maharashtra has allocated Rs 3.8 lakh crore in relief to farmers over the next five years.
But this has not helped the farmers, who have been suffering from the lack of money and have been protesting in the city of Nagpura, in northern Maharashtra.
The government has said the allocation of funds will help the farmers.
The farmers, however, are not happy with the decision.
“We have been paying rent and the government is not providing us any support.
This is unbearable,” said Arun Sharma, who runs a cattle farm in Nagpur.
“What will happen to us after a year?
The farmers have been pleading for relief for the last six months and they haven’t received any help.
We will keep protesting,” he added.