A debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Uttarakhand on Sunday. Ram Avatar, a resident of Khatima of Udham Singh Nagar district committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. This happened a day after a 65-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar due to financial problems. The district administration claimed that he had committed suicide due to a family dispute over land.
Two days ago four farmers committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh. The state, earlier this month, witnessed a huge farmers agitation.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Saturday declared loan waivers for the farmers. The state government expanded its farm loan write-off in the state to 89 lakh farmers, raising the cap on loans of individual farmers that will be waived to Rs 1.5 lakh irrespective of the land holding size, a move that will cost the government Rs 34,000 crore.
Uttarakhand: Debt ridden farmer named Ram Avatar committed suicide after hanging himself from a tree in Udham Singh Nagar district’s Khatima pic.twitter.com/tkOKItAP2g
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However, the Union Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the centre will not take the burden of farm loan waivers, as it is the subject of the state.