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Moved by farmer's story at KBC, Amitabh Bachchan urges people to save farming community

A farmer named Anantkumar Khanke narrating his ordeal, spoke about his struggle to survive on KBC.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Mumbai [ Updated: October 31, 2018 20:35 IST ]
Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was move by the struggle story of a farmer, who made it to the 'hot seat' of game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati season 10". Since then Bachchan has been urging people to come forward to help the farmers.

A farmer named Anantkumar Khanke narrating his ordeal, spoke about his struggle to survive. This led Amitabh Bachchan to urge people to come forth and help the farmers in whatever way possible.

Khanke said his annual income is around Rs 60,000 if they face a good rainy season. When there is a shortage of water, he pays Rs 100 per gallon for farming.

Big B, who himself does a lot for the farmers in his own way, narrated an incident which sensitised him to the farmers' plight, read a statement.

He narrated: "When I was shooting in Visakhapatnam around a decade back, I read in the newspaper then, that farmers are committing suicide for amounts like Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000. I felt very bad reading this. When I came back, I contacted an NGO here and asked them if I could be of any help in saving the lives of farmers and that's how I got a list of 30-40 people whose loans I could pay off. 

"A few years ago, there was distress in Vidarbha due to shortage of rainfall and I cleared loans of around 100 farmers and recently in Maharashtra, I have ensured that the loans of around 360 farmers have been paid off to the banks. My next step is to help clear loans of approximately 850 farmers in Uttar Pradesh."

He said that by mentioning this, he is hopeful that even if around 10 or 12 people, who find it within their capacity and capability, step forward and help in saving the lives of farmers, they would have "set an example for many more and in turn so many farmers' lives would be saved".

"I would urge people to understand the plight of our 'anna-data' (farmers) and the kind of hardships they are facing. I do not want to boast about myself but I want everyone to help our farmers who face the shortage of even having basic necessities.

"If anyone of you, individually or collectively can pay off their loans, I join my hands to request you to please help them. This will be the biggest contribution you can make to the farmers of our country."

"Kaun Banega Crorepati" is aired on Sony Entertainment Television.

( With inputs from IANS )

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