Published On : Tue, Mar 31st, 2015

Bawankule demands Central Agriculture University in Nagpur for curbing spate of farmer suicides

The Nagpur Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, in a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh, has requested him to establish Central Agriculture University in the Second Capital City of Nagpur. central-agricultural-university-recruitment-v-L-u4XP47

Nagpur: Following the steps of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who strived hard and paved the way for opening Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Nagpur, the State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, who is also Nagpur Guardian Minister,  has requested the Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh to establish Central Agriculture University in the Second Capital City of Nagpur. Pursuing the matter, Bawankule sent a letter to the Union Minister in reference to his earlier letter dated 18.2.15 and stressed the need for setting up of Agriculture University in city.

Making the case for Central Agriculture University in Nagpur, Bawankule, in his letter, defined the geographic and historic importance of city. “Government of India is setting up five more Central Agriculture Universities in the country. The earlier Government had set up such university in Jhansi (Bundelkhand). In Vidrabha region of Maharashtra suicides by farmers are going on unabated that is very worrisome. The farmers of this region should have a feeling that the Government is standing behind them solidly during their hours of difficulties. This confidence-building measure is must for giving the farmers a much needed relief,” stressed Bawankule in his letter.

The State Energy Minister and Nagpur Guardian Minister further pointed out that the Maharashtra Government has formed a committee for establishing two Agriculture Universities in the region. One of the universities should be based in eastern part of the region to facilitate assistance to farmers of Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur, Gondia and Gadchiroli districts. The Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University in Akola represents a State University. Under this University, a separate varsity for the above said districts can be set up. But the move is facing internal opposition in large scale. Therefore, the best way to overcome the opposition is to set up a totally new Central Agriculture University in Nagpur City. The university will not only benefit Vidarbha region but the entire drought-hit parts of Central India, stated Bawankule in his letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh.

Bawankule has forwarded copies of his letter to Chief Minister Fadnavis and Union Minister Gadkari requesting them to ensure setting up of Central Agriculture University in Nagpur along with the proposed opening of AIIMS, IIM and IIIT.