In yet another case of caste discrimination in India, two Dalit men were allegedly thrashed by a group of 25 people in Maharashtra's Beed district. The concerned senior officer was quoted by NDTV as saying, "They had marks on their body that showed they were beaten with belts. There were four others with these two boys but since they haven't given us their statement, we don't know the full story yet. We have not caught the accused yet. A case filed under Prevention of Atrocity Act has been registered."
The Beed District Central Co-operative Bank (BDCC) scam took a startling turn on Thursday with the Bank's former director, Meghraj Adaskar, committing suicide by setting himself ablaze in his bungalow. Mr. Munde, as chairman and director of the Parli-based Jagmitra Co-operative Cotton Ginning and Pressing Mill in Beed district, had taken loans from the BDCC amounting to a whopping Rs 11.79 crore between 2003 and 2011 and had failed to repay them.
The Beed police probing the infamous Rs 141 crore Beed district Central Cooperative scam have turned their focus on gathering details of the properties of the accused days after filing the chargesheet in the case. "After collecting the details of the assets owned by the accused in the scam, it would be submitted before the court of law, so that the process of recovery begins," he added.
Pune-based Niranjan Sevabhavi Senstha, an non-governmental organisation (NGO), proved this once again when they took up the guardianship for educating a total 200 kids of drought-affected farmers living in Beed district recently. Viraj Taware of Niranjan Sevabhavi Sanstha said, "We are providing all the necessary aid to these students who are deprived of education due to lack of funds. This initiative which started by adopting 25 students is expanding rapidly. Last year, the foundation adopted 145 school going students while this year 200 drought affected farmers' kids have been adopted. The foundation aims to take up guardianship to 500 students for their education next year."
In stark contrast to what they were just a week ago, partially-filled nullahs and replenished wells can be seen across Kalegaon village in Maharahstra's drought-hit Beed district. Just two days of pre-monsoon showers have filled up the nullahs dug up as part of the water conservation projects under Maharashtra Government's Jalyukt Shivar scheme.
A city-based public charitable trust on Monday said it has provided 45 lakh litres of water in the last fortnight to the people in the drought-affected Beed district of Maharashtra. "With the help of our volunteers, we started providing water daily to 35 villages by tankers of 10,000 litres capacity each from April 27. "In an average population of 1,500 people, they get around 6 to 7 litres per head or around 30 to 35 litres per day per family.
A city-based public charitable trust said it has provided 45 lakh litres of water in the last fortnight to the people in the drought-affected Beed district of Maharashtra. Fulora Foundation, in a statement, said it plans to keep on supplying water to parched villages in the district till June-end or till monsoon rains fill up reservoirs.
Even as culling of wild boars in tiger-bearing areas in forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar's hometown Chandrapur is turning into a big controversy, the BJP government in the state is completely ignoring a report by a high-powered committee recommending measures to tackle crop damage by wild animals. The report had said Beed district is the worst hit by wild boar problem, followed by Kolhapur circle, and then Nagpur circle, with Chandrapur coming fourth in the list.
As parts of Maharashtra reel under acute water crisis, 50-year-old Goregaon resident Rajesh Gangar thought of donating water to the drought-stricken Beed district instead of raising money. Sandesh further added, "Even one litre of water is a lot for the ones in villages as there a litre of water costs Rs50. Many don't get enough water to drink. We believe our task of spreading awareness is complete here as we have started receiving calls from as far as Panvel."
In the second drought fatality in a span of two days, an 11-year-old boy died while fetching water from a well in drought-hit Beed district of Marathwada on Thursday. Sachin Gopinath Kedar of Veeda village in Kej teshil was fetching water from a well, half-a-kilometre from his home, when he slipped and fell to his death, a police official said.
Bhimrao Agarkar stood on the banks of the Godavari, calculating the cost of the just-concluded rituals for his cousin Vitthal Sakhre, who died 10 days ago. Agarkar paid Rs. 1,600 for a 3,000-litre water tanker that he had to arrange, along with the lunch for 300 relatives and friends near the parched riverbed.
The state government has released funds to the tune of Rs 7,303.50 lakhs for the cattle camps which have been started in drought-hit Beed, Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada region. "Of the funds released for the year 2015-16 for cattle camps, Beed district receives Rs 4302.44 lakhs, Latur gets 77.9 lakhs, while Osmanabad receives Rs 2923.97 lakhs," stated a district information office press release, on Thursday.