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Farmers file police complaint against IMD for 'wrong' forecast

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Farmers from a village in region have filed a police complaint against the India Meteorological Department, accusing it of colluding with seed and manufacturers and inflating the monsoon forecast figures.

The complaint, filed at the Parbhani rural police station yesterday, said department officials in and "colluded" with the manufacturers and caused loss of lakhs of rupees to farmers, who undertook sowing operations based on the forecast.

The complaint was filed by Manik Kadam, region president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, led by Lok Sabha member Raju Shetti. Kadam said cases of cheating under section 420 of IPC should be filed against the IMD

In June last year, a from district had also filed a similar police case against IMD officials.

IMD officials misled farmers saying that there would be ample rain during the kharif season, they had said.

"Farmers undertook sowing operations, based on the IMD forecast. But after a brief initial spell, there was no rain and farmers faced a bleak future, with the sowing operations having gone waste," the complainant G Thaware had said.

"IMD officials and those in concerned seed and fertiliser companies, who colluded with each other and gave an inflated monsoon forecast are responsible for the plight of farmers and should be taken to task," the had said.

No IMD was available for comment.

In September last year, had written a letter to for environment, complaining against the IMD over the "false" prediction of rainfall.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 20:30 IST