D. B. Naik

Comrade D. B. Naik is a dynamic, vigorous and loyal activist of the CPI(M) for the last 10 years. He is a District Secretariat Member of the CPI(M), Member of the All India Kisan Sabha Maharashtra State Council and Vice-President of the Yavatmal District Kisan Sabha. He was born on October 12, 1966 in Bhamb village of Taluka Mahagaon, District Yavatmal. He completed his Graduation in Arts followed by L.L.B. He was elected as Chairperson of the Mahagaon Taluka Panchayat Samiti in 2007 and the Party won this post in the Vidarbha region for the first time. Before that he was elected as a Gram Panchayat Sarpanch and a Gram Panchayat member prior to that. At present, he is an elected Director of Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Mahagaon. While working as the chairperson of the Mahagaon Panchayat Samiti, Com. Naik made a record of asking more than 100 questions in the Zilla Parishad (ZP). He gave nightmares to the ZP Officers when he unearthed the scam of nearly 18 to 20 lakhs in the 2008-09 annual Budget of Yavatmal ZP. He took strong objections to the expenditure made by the officials of the ZP without taking the House into confidence. He also worked as a Chairperson of the Inquiry Committees constituted to enquire into the scams made in transfers of teachers, construction, and distribution of tarpaulins. As Chairperson he also provided water and other basic amenities, Anganwadis and classrooms for the schools and Bunds for the purpose of Watershed Development in Banjara and Dalit habitations. In his Phulsavangi constituency, developmental works worth Rs 7 crore and 35 lac were done in his period of 5 years. He sat on fast in Yavatmal along with the people from his constituency to protest against the unwarranted use of public funds by the Congress representatives. He broke the fast only after getting approval for Rs 2.5 crore worth of projects for the people. He protested against the system of getting work done through influence and contacts and established a novel system of getting approvals on the basis of “First Come First Served”. His tenure as Chairman was very fruitful and eventful. In 2005-06 a strong farmers’ movement was built in Mahagaon Taluka under Com D. B. Naik’s leadership. As a result of this AIKS-led struggle, thousands of peasants from Mahagaon Taluka succeeded in getting a crop loan of Rs. 30 crores from the local banks. This was a major victory, especially because Yavatmal district has become notorious for the highest number of farmer suicides in Maharashtra. In 2004, when ‘Lok Rajya’, the Organ of the Maharashtra Government, published an article which wrote about the Nomadic Tribe Banjara in a derogatory manner, Comrade D. B. Naik raised his voice immediately and made the whole state rise against the defamation of the Tribe. The government was taken aback to see such a statewide uprising and Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was then the Chief Minister, called him to Nagpur and gave a public apology in his presence. The state accepted him as a dynamic leader of the Banjaras after this struggle. In the recent past, Com D. B. Naik led a successful struggle of over 4,000 farmers and agricultural workers for an uninterrupted 48 days from January 15 to March 3, 2014 on the issue of pension for the aged and the destitute. He is also known as an activist who consistently takes up the issues of compensation to farmers for crop loss due to hailstorms, excessive rains and attacks by animals which is a regular feature in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

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