India: 93 farmers committed suicide in 45 days

India: 93 farmers committed suicide in 45 days

INDIA: Forty-five days, 93 suicides. 2015 has started quite ominously for farmers in the perennially parched Marathwada region and activists blamed the fickle weather and the delay in release of government compensation for this.

The divisional commissionerate has reported as many as 93 farmers’ suicides in Marathwada in the last 45 days since January 1. Last year, the region had reported 569 farmers’ suicides as against 207 in 2013.

A committee of each taluka comprising the tehsildar, police officer, taluka agriculture officer, sarpanch and a panchayat samiti member probes a suicide case to confirm if the death was due to debt burden. A farmer committing suicide is eligible for compensation only if he possesses land and is debt-ridden. Moreover, he should have taken loan only from either nationalized or co-operative banks and registered money-lenders. There has to be follow up from the banks concerned for the repayment of the loan.

Divisional commissioner Umakant Dangat said, “Farmer suicide is one of the biggest challenges before the administration. Crop failure and debts are considered the main reasons for farmers’ suicide. This is common in an area where the single crop pattern is in practice. Ensuring water security for the farmers via water management is the solution to the problem in a region like Marathwada.”

Related Post

India fireworks blast kills 107
views 76
A huge fire broke out at Puttingal temple at Paravaur (Kollam District), Kerala early Sunday morning leaving at least 107 people dead and over a hundr...
Australia to transfer Lankans on boat
views 68
A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers being detained on a Customs ship are being transferred to the Australian mainland, ABC Radio Australia report...
Sri Lanka releases 572 prisoners to mark Pope’s visit
views 36
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka released nearly 600 prisoners and reduced jail terms for others on Wednesday to mark Pope Francis's visit and his proclamation of t...
Indian airline ‘IndiGo’ introduces child-free zones on flights
views 287
An airline has managed to make a lot of people’s dreams come true and seriously anger a lot of others – all in one fell swoop. They’re introducing chi...
Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader to death
views 48
Bangladesh's war crimes court has sentenced a leading Islamist leader to death for rape, mass murder and genocide during the country's 1971 liberation...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK