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Jun 24, 2009 at 09:22am IST

Monsoon weak but Pawar busy with ICC meet

India faces an agrarian crisis because of the delayed monsoons. But Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is away in London for an International Cricket Council meeting. When CNN-IBN contacted Pawar, he simply said that there was no need to panic.

"I don't want to say anything from London," said Pawar when asked about the poor rainfall.

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CNN-IBN: Sir, people are worried.

Sharad Pawar: I don't want to create a further panic scare. I don't want to speak from London without talking to the Met Department. It is not proper for me to talk from here. When I will be back... I will be happy to talk to you.

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CNN-IBN: When are you back?

Sharad Pawar: 26th (June 26).

CNN-IBN:: Do you feel that your Ministry must be missing you?

Sharad Pawar: I don't think so. You are unnecessarily creating a fear complex.