Mumbai: An onion-grower from Maharashtra, angry with the Narendra Modi government, sent his paltry income of Rs 1,064 from selling of 750 kg onion, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a mark of protest.
Ironically, Sanjay Sathe, a resident of Niphad tehsil in Nashik district, 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, reported PTI.
“I produced 750kg of onion in this season but was offered a rate of Rs. 1 per kg at Niphad wholesale market last week,” said Rathe.
“Finally I could negotiate a deal for Rs. 1.40 per kg and received Rs. 1,064 for 750 kg,” he added.
“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.
The irate farmer has maintained that he doesn’t belong to any political party but he is angry with Modi Government’s apathy towards farmers’ issues.
The money order was sent on November 29 from the Niphad office of India Post. It was addressed to “Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India”.