A cheque of Rs 15,000 each was handed over to the family members of 85 farmers who ended their lives due to crop failure and debt burden.
    
Narrating her ordeal at the function here yesterday, Sujata Bachchav, a young widow from Malegaon, said that her husband ended his life unable to bear the huge debt and that she had responsibility of looking after her in-laws and a daughter with no proper means of income to which Patekar assured her help.
    
The noted Hindi and Marathi actor urged people to help such families by contributing for the education of their children and assisting them through various means.He informed that NAAM started a medical card facility under which free medical services would be rendered to those who hold NAAM medical card.
    
Patekar urged hospitals to come forward and contribute in the cause. MVP Samaj's Dr Vasantrao Pawar Medical College & Hospital on the occasion expressed its willingness to help by giving free medical aid to the beneficiaries.

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