Around 900 farmer suicides in drought-hit Marathwada this year

Compare this with 2013 and 2014, when a total of 600 suicides were reported in Marathwada. And between 2006 and 2012, less than 400 farmer suicides were reported on a yearly basis.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Beed/latur | Updated: November 7, 2016 9:39 am
farmers, farmer suicides, Marathwada drought, Congress, devdendra Fadnavis, bjp, maharashtra, bjp maharashtra, india news Marathwada has been in the grip of severe drought in the last four years — two during the Congress-NCP regime and two during the BJP-Sena-RPI government.

Around 900 farmer suicides were reported in the eight districts of Marathwada region between January and October this year. During the same period last year, 700 farmer suicides were reported, according to officials at the Aurangabad divisional commissionerate.

Compare this with 2013 and 2014, when a total of 600 suicides were reported in Marathwada. And between 2006 and 2012, less than 400 farmer suicides were reported on a yearly basis. The year 2015 recorded the highest number of farmer suicides — 1,133 from January to December — in 10 years.

Marathwada has been in the grip of severe drought in the last four years — two during the Congress-NCP regime and two during the BJP-Sena-RPI government. A year ago, the state government picked Osmanabad — which has seen several suicides — to implement a “zero-suicide district” plan.

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Since the plan was set in motion, the number of suicides in Osmanabad has in fact gone up — from 136 between August 2014 and August 2015 to 172 between August 2015 and August 2016. “They spoke about zero suicides and look what shocking figures have emerged in Osmanabad. It is a telling commentary on the Devendra Fadnavis government’s failure to save the lives of farmers,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.

Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said, “The Fadnavis government only makes tall claims. If more than 1,000 farmer suicides have taken place in two years in Marathwada, it shows the complete failure of the government in taking care of the farmers,” he said.

The Fadnavis government maintained that it had put in place several plans to check farmer suicides, but a turnaround would take time.

According to Beed district collector Naval Kishore Ram, the plans being implemented include offering rice and wheat at Rs 2/kg and Rs 3/kg to farmer families, critical health care benefits, crop insurance, counselling and guidance. “Surgeries for critical ailments like heart and kidney problem are being performed free of cost in government hospitals and empanelled private hospitals,” he added.

Osmanabad district collector Prashant Narnavare said they had undertaken mass counselling and guidance programmes for farmers. “This is being done through expert doctors. First we identify farmers who are mentally disturbed due to various reasons. We call them for counselling with experts,” he said.

Farmer suicides are not just due to crop failure or mounting debts, Ram added. “There are several factors behind their suicide. It could be family pressure or illness,” he said.

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    VP Joshi
    Nov 7, 2016 at 3:55 am
    Are these suicides likely to reduce our votes?
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      Satendra kumar
      Nov 7, 2016 at 4:09 am
      suicide worst kind of death this farmers get central government subsidies all in every way to make a living.Let's hope God will bring the wanted rain.
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        Satyaki
        Nov 7, 2016 at 3:21 am
        Yes. And modiji is going to be a b ambador for incredible India. Why is he so senile and dumb?
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          Arpan
          Nov 7, 2016 at 2:41 am
          This should be highlighted more than anything else so govt concerned get some public pressure. But no media hoyses r more concernced abt their fake agendas.
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            Brett
            Nov 7, 2016 at 5:43 am
            Are the suicides caused by pesticides or some other chemical that the farmers may be using?
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              Deeply Concerned
              Nov 7, 2016 at 6:12 am
              Modi's incredible achievement INCREDIBLE INDIA WITHOUT FARMERS
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                shailendra
                Nov 7, 2016 at 9:08 am
                900 farmers have committed suicide , SHOCKING !!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If this had happened in a non-BJP state , modi cheerGirls would have been jumping like monkeys demanding the resignation of the CM.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now they will whine - "don't politicize farmer suicides", while completely ignoring the corruption and incompetency of the BJP State Govt.
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                  shailendra
                  Nov 7, 2016 at 9:11 am
                  farmers should leave farming and get into some other profession.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Maybe they can become political lobbyists or consultants , they can also earn good money by posting Tweets and comments praising BJP and the PM .
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                    Giri
                    Nov 7, 2016 at 7:00 am
                    There are many reasons for suicides. Can we address all reasons? where is money? or more taxes from us?
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                      Loveall
                      Nov 7, 2016 at 3:38 am
                      Are bhakts listening ?
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                        Akhtar
                        Nov 7, 2016 at 11:14 am
                        Heartening to see farmers suicides, and also state govt' atude, they have time to spend crores on gaurakshak-id cards and etc but little to upheld these sufferers......Govt. priorities are for RSS and Rich, it's written clear on the wall.......
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                          Ashok Mazumdar
                          Nov 7, 2016 at 5:17 am
                          Mere Desh Ki Dharti ....lt;br/gt;Sona Ugle....
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                            pawan
                            Nov 7, 2016 at 8:39 am
                            National shame and disgrace and yet we say India is changing. The govt has money to increase the ries of criminal politico/babu's and bailout AI and Banks and railways but does not have the decency to help our farmers. same old policies like UPA and yet we say good governance is on its way.
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                              Chellam
                              Nov 7, 2016 at 5:12 am
                              Shivaji is known as the king of the ryots. But the Shivbhaktas' government is as callous as other governments about the systematic, large scale suicide of these one time warriors of Shivaji.
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                                Shashank Shukla
                                Nov 7, 2016 at 2:29 am
                                No any question is being raised, no any debate is being organised, aren't they the people of the same country in which agriculture is the main occupation of the people and the biggest source of revenue.
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                                  George
                                  Nov 7, 2016 at 7:04 am
                                  What all promises flew thick and thin during elections! What all empty rhetoric about a better day! Everyone cares about religion and God. They all want to protect the unseen sacred person and fight in that name. Nobody bothers about the seen and visible sacred person, the human person. Who cares about the farmer. All lies that Fadnavis keeps saying stand exposed. The BJP is no better than any other party. Their achievement is to intimidate the average Hindu voter with Islamo-phobia and communalize the vote bank. Nothing more.
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                                    sreedhar
                                    Nov 7, 2016 at 4:51 am
                                    the worst part is the number of readers comments you see under these news. hardly anyone read. If it's cricket and war, there are so many comments. When it's a matter of poor in the society, unfortunately the majority of India, the so called middle cl is least bothered. May be because the farmer doesn't have a poster-pic look
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                                      sreedhar
                                      Nov 7, 2016 at 3:59 am
                                      who said India is not breaking records under MODI Govt ? Anyway, according to the central minister, 'those who commit suicide are...unpatriotic ' ...so, nothing wrong in few of these unpatriotic anti-nationals committing suicide, isn't ? anyway these deaths do not pain the thoughts of most of the English speaking middle cl because they know if they have money they get food, KFC,MACDONALD etc etc...JAI NAMO THE TRUE AND ONLY PATRIOT AFTER SARDAR PATEL...
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