Veteran actor Nana Patekar has taken it upon himself to help the farmers of Maharashtra who are committing suicides due to the lack of money.
He has offered financial assistance to farmers who are on the brink of committing suicide. According to a report on Indiatoday.in, as a part of this initiative, Nana has donated Rs 15000 each to families of 62 Vidarbha farmers who had committed suicide.
Nana has reportedly visited around 112 farmers’ widows in the Marathwada region so far and now plans to connect with 700 more in the areas of Nagpur, Latur, Hingoli, Parbani, Nanded, Aurangabad, Usmanabad, Jalna, Bhusawal, Jalgaon, etc. However, the actor is extremely humble about his charitable act. In an interview, Nana has been quoted as saying that what he is doing is not a big deal. He insists that many people want to help but aren’t sure if the money will reach the right hands and hence, to avoid the confusion, he handed out the money himself.
Apart from helping the farmers, he has also offered to help farmers who are contemplating suicide as an option to get rid of their worries. He is apparently also trying to initiate a dialogue with the government to urge them to take up the issue.
Talking to the media, the actor has been quoted as saying that he feels that it is the time for a revolution. He explains the urgency of the situation by saying that if a farmer is killing himself today, he might kill others tomorrow. Nana further elaborates that their frustration can turn into rage. He urges that the farmers should be provided with electricity and water as they are the ones who give us bread.