14/10/2015 12:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Ashok Chavan Asks Maharashtra Govt To Withdraw Its Decision On Counselling Farmers

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PATIALA, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 21: An Indian farmer inspects the paddy crops damaged after heavy rains at village Jatta Kheran on Dakala road on September 21, 2015 near Patiala, India. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- The Maharashtra unit of Congress has threatened to hold a statewide agitation if the government does not withdraw its decision to provide psychological counselling to farmers.

"The Congress condemns the government's decision to arbitrarily declare farmers as 'mad' and provide them psychological treatment," Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Ashok Chavan said.

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The Centre and the state government have failed to provide adequate monetary compensation to farmers and this had resulted in them being pushed into a financial crisis and therefore the suicides are taking place, the former chief minister said.

"The government has ignored this fact (financial crisis) and instead issued a Government Resolution on providing farmers psychological treatment which is nothing short of declaring them mad," he added.

State government had on September 24 issued a GR that it would open counselling cells in 14 districts and extend them to taluka level with contractual employees.

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