DRK champ & Shameful Govt. officials

06Mar08

Virtually admitting that its mistake, Maharashtra Government is taking back fake ‘gold’ medals from the recipients of Vasantrao Naik Krishi Bhushan and Jijamata Award. The government has taken back the medal from Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade, a farmer from Nagbhid tehsil of Chandrapur district, and the process is on to get back medals from other recipients.

According to information, the Government has directed them to get back the medals from the recipients belonging to districts in Nagpur Division. “The medals would be submitted to the office of Divisional Joint Director (Agriculture), Thane,” informs Dr Milind Mane, President of Bharatiya Republican Paksha-Bahujan Maha Sangh. Not only this, but the medals are also being taken back from the recipients of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Ratna, Vasantrao Naik Sheti Mitra awards, it is learnt. According to Dr Mane, the Government has taken back the fake ‘gold’ medal from Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade, a farmer from Nagbhid tehsil of Chandrapur district who had invented HMT variety of rice. On February 13, Nagbhid Panchayat Samiti’s Agriculture Officer U J Naitame took the medal back from Khobragade in front of five witnesses namely S T Balbudhe, Devendra Bagde, Sheikh Mehtab Khurshid, Shabbir Sheikh, Purushottam Ramteke. When contacted, Naitame confirmed the news. He told The Hitavada that the medal was submitted to the office of Divisional Joint Director (Agriculture), Nagpur. It may be recalled here that the Government had given Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Ratna, Vasantrao Naik Krishi Bhushan, Jijamata Krishi Bhushan, and Vasantrao Naik Sheti Mitra Awards to 19 farmers in 2006. However, the ‘gold’ medals given to these 19 recipients, were found to be of silver. The issue was raised on the floor of the State Legislative Council also during winter session 2007. Rana Jagjitsingh Patil, Minister of State for Agriculture, had informed in the House that the medals were of 14 carat gold and not of 24 carat. According to him, the medals of 14 carat were given as 24 carat gold was not malliable. He had even assured to check genuineness of medals as well as to get them changed. However, the Government had later suspended a teacher at J J School of Arts, Mumbai, who had made the medals, and had ordered probe into the genuineness of the medals. Now, the Government has started taking back the medals for probe.



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