Amravati airport not for Prez convenience: Rashtrapati Bhavan

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) Rashtrapati Bhavan today denied reports that a new Airport is being built at Amravati in Maharashtra for the convenience of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, ''ignoring the interests of the farmers of the Vidarbha region.'' ''The reports are factually incorrect and misleading,'' Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement, adding that the proposed new Airport is one of the various initiatives of the Maharashtra Government for the development of Vidarbha region and not aimed at the convenience of the President.

''The President is very much concerned about the farmers' issues in the country particularly of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra from where farmers' suicides were reported,'' the statement said.

The President has already advised the Central Government ''for an early solution of matters related to debt relief of farmers,'' the statement said adding the President always insists on giving top priority to the progress and welfare of farmers.


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