Mumbai: A NGO led by Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra will adopt 208 farmer families, whose only earning members have committed suicide, the NGO’s top official told media.
The Padma Bhushan Dr Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil Foundation will be launched on June 15 and adopt distressed farmer families from Ahmednagar district, the NGO’s chief executive Sujay Vikhe Patil said.
Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, a former union minister, was engaged in social work. The Congress leader’s son Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is currently leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly. He has served as agriculture minister in the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government.
The initiative will commence on his birthday on June 15, the NGO’s CEO said, adding programs are organised every year on the occasion. The foundation will provide aid to the wife, parents and children of 208 farmer families in Ahmednagar district, he said.
It will take care of education, marriage and healthcare needs of these families, and also try to provide a source of income by supporting the families to start a business or secure a job, he said.