New Delhi: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Tuesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss issues related to the country’s farming sector. The actor, who has been busy promoting his forthcoming film “Singh Is Blinng”, spoke to Kejriwal for 30 minutes, and they discussed issues related to the farming sector, growing farmers’ suicides and ways to help farmers get out of the distress situation, read a statement from the Directorate of Information and Publicity.
During his 30-minute meeting with Mr Kejriwal held at Secretariat, the actor discussed issues related to the farming sector, growing farmer suicides and ways to help them get out of distress situation. A government official said Mr Askhay Kumar also briefed the Chief Minister on the work he has been doing for the farmers and how he supports 30 farmers every month.
Expressing concern over the suicides of farmers in some parts of the country, Mr Kejriwal asked the Bollywood actor how the Delhi government could be of help in extending a helping hand to them. “We will do whatever we can. We must devise a method to help. It’s very disheartening to see the situation. They are the ones who feed us, therefore, we must take care of them. We need to get to the root cause of the problem.
They must get their due,” the Chief Minister said. Mr Akshay Kumar also expressed concern over increasing numbers quitting farming for more lucrative professions. He stressed the need to run a campaign for the cause of farmers and farming. “We must come forward to help them. People are not happy to farming, we must go back to our roots. It is very important. We need to have a campaign for the cause,” the Bollywood actor said. In his discussions with the actor, the Chief Minister said the farmers’ plight was largely due to hoarding of farm produce and undue profiteering by the middlemen.
Issues like the drug menace in Punjab and how it was affecting a whole generation were also discussed during the meeting,’ the official said. The Aam Aadmi Party, which is considered as an active player for the coming assembly poll in Punjab, has been campaigning against the drug menace in the state affecting the youth