Patekar over the years has taken a lot of steps so as help farmers and their family and has even created quite a bit of awareness about their plight.
Patekar recently gave an interview to a news channel, and when questioned about Pratusha, he said:
Patekar, who was among the first celebs to bring masses’ attention towards the tragic deaths by farmers has in the past few years started an NGO called NAAM Foundation along with Marathi actor Makrand Anaspure.
Actors Nana Patekar (L) and Makrand Anaspure (R) with a farmer’s family YouTube
NAAM Foundation since it initiation in 2015 has been noted to help drought affected farmers and widows of farmers who committed suicide in large numbers.
Patekar too on a personal front has done a lot for the farmers and regularly visits the villages and families of the farmers who committed suicide.
He has also urged other people to come together and help to better the lives of people who work to feed us.
Last year alone, Maharashtra saw 3,228 farmers committing suicide, which on an average bring their death toll to almost nine farmers a day. Out of these 3228 farmers, 83 per cent belong to state’s worst drought affected areas, the Vidarbha and Marathwada.