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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