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‘Impotency, love affairs’ are causes for farmer suicides: Agriculture Minister

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should ask his ministers to visit the houses of the farmers to see what was going on.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2015 7:33 am
Radha Mohan Singh, farmer suicides, Radha Mohan Singh, Radha Mohan farmer suicides, agricultural minister farmer suicides, farmer suicides india, farmer suicides data, farmer suicides parliament, farmer suicides NCRB, India news In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Radha Mohan Singh said the causes of suicides by farmers due to agrarian reasons include indebtedness, crop failure, drought, socio-economic and personal. (Source: PTI)

Opposition parties on Friday lambasted the government for its “insensitivity” towards farmers after it picked on a reference to “love affairs” being one of the reasons for farmer suicides in the Agriculture Ministry’s reply to Parliamentary question.

In a written reply to a question asking if the “lack of support to poor and small farmers by way of greater inputs and better support price for their produce” was the main reason for rising suicides, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said: “According to NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau), causes of suicides include family problems, illness, drug abuse/addiction, unemployment, property dispute, professional/career problems, love affairs, barrenness/impotency,  cancellation/non- settlement of marriage, dowry dispute, fall in social reputation and unknown causes.”

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The Opposition targeted the government over the reference to “love affairs” calling it “irresponsible” and “ridiculous”.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should ask his ministers to visit the houses of the farmers to see what was going on.

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal sought an apology from the minister.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury claimed that distress suicides in the last year had gone up by 26 per cent and said that the government was trying to divert attention from the actual reasons behind suicides.

CPI leader D Raja said the reply shows “callousness” of the government towards the issue of farmer suicide, which takes place because of the “unprecedented debt crisis” faced by them and the government should take steps to come to their relief.

Repeated insistence by the minister that the reply was being misunderstood made no difference to the protesting members. By the end of the day, the Agriculture Ministry had to put out a clarification saying it considered “the issue of suicide by farmers with great sensitivity and deals with all the seriousness it deserves.” It also mentioned all that the government was doing to improve the economic condition of the farmers.

“The government is extremely concerned about the issue of farmers’ suicide and has rolled out large number of programmes that will go to reduce the cost of cultivation and simultaneously increase the per-hectare yield,” it said.

 

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    cherans
    Jul 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    Nobody should be surprised by the statements from highly qualified MODI's ministers!!! Unfortunately, MODI has no bench strength. What to expect????
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      Bijan Mohanty
      Jul 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm
      Agriculture minister's analysis should fetch him a Nobel Prize had the prize been given in Agriculture. As is the leader, so are the followers.
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        Biltu
        Jul 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm
        CLEARLY AN IMPOTENT MINISTER.
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        1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Jul 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
          'From the lips of babes and that of ministers, comes the most stupid words.'
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            Dhaka
            Jul 27, 2015 at 8:00 am
            Rowl is farmar
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