Shiv Sena leaders have vandalized the office of IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company in Pune. The protest was staged to demand the distribution of farm loans immediately. On November 6, several Sena workers stormed into the IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company's office and vandalized the whole office, including the cabins of the officers. In the video, some party workers can be seen raising slogans and breaking the glass doors, chairs, and tables using extinguishers. Shiv Sena also warned saying, that if the insurance companies did not pay the amount of crop insurance scheme of the farmers to the farmers, then the same will be done in the office of the insurance companies in Maharashtra.
Due to unseasonal rains, farmers in several parts of the state have suffered damages and huge losses. Speaking to media, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar also raised the issues faced by farmers. Pawar also urged the Centre to help farmers whose crops have been damaged by heavy rains. "I visited affected areas and feel that farmers must be provided relief. Another issue is of insurance companies not paying farmers for crop damage. The finance ministry should intervene in this matter,” Pawar said.
Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray, who visited various talukas in Nashik district on Monday to review the extent of crop damages, also demanded that the state government should provide immediate relief of Rs 25,000 per hectare to rain-hit farmers. Aaditya speaking to media said, “Farmers have been facing various natural calamities like drought and hailstorm for the last five years. Rains have badly damaged the standing crops in the district. We want the government to complete the panchanama at the earliest.”
The recent unseasonal rainfall has damaged standing Kharif crops and orchards in the district affecting 4.62 lakh farmers in 1,766 villages across the district. Of total 8.98 lakh hectare, standing crops and fruits on 3.06 lakh hectare have been badly affected due to rain. Maize has been affected on 1.34 lakh hectare, while grapes have been badly hit on 32,258 hectares. Soybean has been affected on 38,772 hectares and cotton on 22,321 hectares.