Nashik, Sept 23 (UNI) Members of the Maharashtra State Sangharsh Samiti of 937 Tribal Multipurpose Co-operative Societies (TMCS) took out a morcha to the office of the Tribal Development Commissioner, to press for their various demands here today.
As many as 2,000 tribals from the district took part in the morcha, which commenced from Bhalekar High School ground. The morcha was led by Maharashtra State Sangharsh Samiti president Kailash Borse, Kalwar MLA A T Pawar, Dindori MLA Narhari Zirneal, Peth MLA J P Gavit and Congress leader Dashrath Patil.
In 1990, 937 Tribal Multipurpose Co-operative Societies were established in the state. The district has 164 such societies and only 50-55 societies are working properly. The remaining societies are not serving the need of the poor tribal farmers. The members took the matter to the government but in vain.
Waiver to all loans of the member farmers (crop loan, mid-term loan, long- term loan and alimony loan etc), implementation of various schemes of the Tribal Development, LPG cylinder distribution, purchase of foodgrains by Tribal Development Corporation and creation of medical and engineering colleges in Nashik and Nagpur areas were some of the demands of the members.
They also threatened to agitate after October 15, in case of failure to fulfil these demands. A memorandum of these demands was submitted to Tribal Development Commissioner Bhaskar Munde, on the occassion.
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