The farmers are shocked to know that another water expert, who is close to Sharad Pawar and his family, known for his pro-administration history has been appointed as head of the SIT. They allege that he will work under same government which is protecting ministers involved in the mega irrigation scam.
"This is nothing but another committee to cover earlier three committees reports', hence farmers termed it another eyewash and urged legislators to join work in both houses to provide relief to 5 million distressed and debt-trapped cotton farmers, who lost cotton crop for third year in a row,"Vidarbha farmers pressure group, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) president, Kishore Tiwari said.
In fact, Vidarbha for years, suffered neglect under irrigation department run by western Maharashtra politicians. If money is pumped into these irrigation projects, debt-trapped and distressed Vidarbha farmers would benefit and farmer suicides would stop, but all money to increase irrigation facility has been taken away by these ministers. "They are killers of Vidarbha farmers. Criminal action against such ministers and contractors is a must," Tiwari said.