A Centre-appointed committee has suggested setting up skills development centres for farmers of Marathwada and Vidarbha to help them tide over crop failure and the resultant frustration in Pune city.
BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who heads the committee, said that ‘Kaushalya Vikas Sansadhan Kendras’ (skills development resources centres) can train farmers and also assist them in starting new enterprise which will fetch an assured income.
Sahasrabuddhe plans to submit his report to the government by next month. The 10-member committee was working on the concept for the last few months. “We held about 4 to 5 meetings. Our report is almost ready. The deadline to submit our report is March 6, but we will do it well before the last date,” he said. The committee’s focus is on small farmers who are totally dependent on farming, he added. He also said the concept of skills development is not capital intensive. “The thrust is on changing farmers’ mindset. The government can set up a corpus as well,” he said.
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