MUMBAI: An onion-grower from Maharashtra angry with the Narendra Modi government, who received Rs 1,064 for selling 750 kg of onions has sent his earnings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a mark of protest.
The farmer in question is Sanjay Sathe, a resident of Niphad tehsil in Nashik district, was among the selected few ‘progressive farmers’ who were picked by the Union agriculture ministry for an interaction with then US president Barack Obama when he visited India in 2010. Sathe told reporters on Sunday, “I produced 750 kg of onion this season but was offered a rate of Rs 1 per kg at Niphad wholesale market last week.
Sathe said he felt horrible to receive such paltry amount after toiling hard for four months and that’s why he decided to donate the money 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.