On Friday, farmers hailing from Marathwada region in Maharashtra, filed a complaint against the India Meteorological Department (IMD) with Dindrud police station in Majalgaon tehsil of Beed district. The farmers accused the IMD of conspiring with seed, pesticide manufacturers and inflating the monsoon forecast figures.

The complaint filed read: The officials of Colaba and Pune Met Department ‘colluded’ with manufacturers which resulted in a massive loss to the farmers who had undertaken the sowing operations based on the forecast.

Speaking to PTI, a farmer from Anandgaon village in Beed district said, “Farmers undertook sowing operations, based on the IMD forecast. But after a brief initial spell, there has been no rain and farmers are staring at a bleak future, with the sowing operations having gone waste.”

While narrating their ordeal, farmers said that based on the IMD forecast — which read that there will be ample rains in June-July this year — they had completed pre-sowing operations before June, but the dry spell has not pushed the farmers into a pit.

Following the losses, the farmers have also written to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking his intervention.

Commenting on the matter, a police official said that they have received the complaints and were looking into the matter. However, the IMD kept shush over the matter.