Interestingly, Sanjay Sathe was among the selected few ‘progressive farmers’ who were picked by the Union agriculture ministry in 2010 to interact with former US President Barack Obama.
• Sanjay Sathe sent his hard earned Rs 1064 to the PM’s relief fund as a mark of protest
• Sathe was among the few selected in 2010 to meet Barack Obama
A Maharashtra-based onion farmer, angry with the Narendra Modi government, sent his paltry income of Rs 1,064 from selling 750 kg onion, to the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund as a mark of protest.
Interestingly, Sanjay Sathe was among the selected few ‘progressive farmers’ who were picked by the Union agriculture ministry in 2010 to interact with former US President Barack Obama, reported PTI.
Now, after eight years, he could only manage to sell his produce for a little over Re 1/kg. Angry with the government’s apathy towards farmers, Sathe sent the money to the PM’s relief fund and even took the pains to pay an additional Rs 54 to send the money order.
Sathe, a resident of Niphad tehsil in Nashik district, told PTI on Sunday, “I produced 750 kg of onion 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.”
“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 added.
“I do not represent any political party. But I am angry because of the government’s apathy towards our woes,” Sathe said