NAGPUR: Loknayak Bapuji Aney Memorial Committee (LBMAC), Tilak Patrakar Bhavan Trust and weekly Vidarbha Mirror held a discussion on 'Udyacha Vidarbha' (tomorrow's Vidarbha) to mark the birth anniversary of Loknayak Bapuji Aney at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Tuesday.
Adv Anil Kilor, president of Janmanch, and Sharad Nimbalkar, former vice-chancellor of Panjabrao Deshmukh Krushi Vidyapeeth, were the key speakers at the event. Amitabh Pawde, member of Janmanch, adv Avinash Kale, organizer of LBMAC, and Vishwas Indurkar, organizing member of Patrakar Sangh, also spoke at the event.
The programme began with garlanding of Lokmanya Tilak's statue and Bapuji Aney's photo by the dignitaries. Pawde said, "70% of farmer suicides happen in Vidarbha, which is due to a chain of events. Demonetisation has somehow destroyed our economy which further leads to loss of manufacturing units resulting in unemployment and directly or indirectly affecting my farmer friends.
"Basic needs of a farmer are not fulfilled in Vidarbha. GDP growth is very necessary to tackle all these problems," he said. Nimbalkar said that low average salary of the people of Vidarbha, lack of water and inappropriate use of available resources were the main hurdles in the development of Vidarbha.
"I aim only for what is possible to be achieved. I hope the short-term goals we've set are achieved soon. I regard irrigation development as one of the chief factors for Vidarbha's development," Nimbalkar added.
"Vidarbha is very rich in all kinds of resources. However, we give away to others than what we receive in the name of development. Since the public is unaware of all this, there is lack of excitement for a separate Vidarbha," said Kilor.
Later, Kale paid respects to Aney, who was the first person to want a separate Vidarbha for its proper development. Indurkar criticized the government for not showing appropriate apprehension towards Vidarbha. He also called Vidarbha as economically exploited.
(Reporting by Tanuja Ratnaparkhi)