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Ranjit Mahanti

Seeking Rs 20,000 crore relief packages from Centre and Maharashtra government two farmers have moved to the Bombay High Court. Farmer’s crops have been damaged in the natural calamity in the Western Maharashtra. The petition, mentioned in the HC on Wednesday, will be heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha on Thursday.

The farmers -Vitthalrao Pawar and Gorakh Ghadge- hailing from Solapur district, filed public interest litigation (PIL) in this regard. The loss estimated up to Rs 42,000 crore approximately.

According to the petition, lands ad-measuring over 17 lakh hectares had been affected in the recent hailstorms and unseasonal rains. Crops of summer Rice, Jwar, Wheat, Vegetables, Onion, Sugarcane, Corn, Maize, Groundnuts, and horticultural products like Banana, Pomegranate, Grapes, Orange, Papaya, Mango and sweet lime have been damaged.

Not only economically loss, unseasonal rains, accompanied by hailstorms, have affected 14, 017 villages, left at least 28 people dead and over 100 others injured across Maharashtra state.

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