Despite farm loan waivers, 42 farmers end lives in Marathwada over last two weeks

According to the latest figures released by the Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, which monitors the farmer suicides in Marathwada, 445 farmers have embraced death this year as on June 26.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Aurangabad | Updated: June 29, 2017 10:11 am
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Despite the fact that the Maharashtra government has announced loan waiver for farmers, there is no let-up in the spate of suicides in eight districts of Marathwada. In the last two weeks, as many as 42 farmers have ended their lives, which government officials said highlighted the magnitude of the rural distress.

According to the latest figures released by the Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, which monitors the farmer suicides in Marathwada, 445 farmers have embraced death this year as on June 26.

Between June 19 and June 25, as many as 19 farmers ended their lives, while 23 farmers had committed suicide between June 12 and June 18.

The government had made the first loan waiver announcement on June 11, after which the statewide farmer strike was called off. The state cabinet then cleared the loan waiver plan to the tune of Rs 34,000 crore last Saturday. As per the latest figures, Beed district has witnessed the highest suicide figure of 74, followed by Nanded (75), Osmanabad (68) and Aurangabad (62) in the last seven months.

Four days ago, while announcing Rs 34,000-crore crop loan waiver for farmers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the government was waiving off loans up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer. He also said the decision would benefit around 89 lakh farmers in the state and make around 40 lakh debt-free.

Fadnavis said the waiver would help all debt-ridden farmers and small and marginal ones. Kishore Tiwari, who heads the government-appointed Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavlamban Mission, said the farmer suicides would stop once the loan waiver would take effect on the ground.

“The moment the farmers get to know that their loans have been actually waived by banks, we expect the suicide figure to drastically fall,” he said.

Tiwari said continuing farmer suicides despite announcement of loan waiver highlighted the level of rural distress.

“There are several factors responsible for the extreme step being taken by the farmers. Debt is one of them. The government is working at all levels, such as providing food security, crop insurance and health cover to farmers, to alleviate the distress,” he said, adding that results would take time to reflect on the ground. Echoing his views, Aurangabad District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said, “Besides mounting debt, disease and family problems are also responsible for farmer suicides.”

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    Natarajan Nagarethinam
    Jun 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    Any Govt Scheme would be hijacked by officials and political activist. That should be the reason for continuing farmer suicide. It is not just the loan and waiver, those who commit suicide could be victims of private money lender. Exploitation by traders man It is possible to tie-up farmers and educated unemployed in rural India to create village level Storage, financing and marketing to protect farmers. Just when Tomatoes were harvested Price dropped to Rs 1 a kilo at Bangalore. Imagine the price where it is harvested. Within a couple of weeks the same is Rs 25. This is happening with every farmer all the time. Both traders and leaders are heartless exploiting poor and innocent. There should be debate to end the menace,
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      Hanish Malhotra
      Jun 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm
      I think that all the farmers who committed suicide are not only due to loss in farming but for so many other reasons also as other people of another category also committing suicide by one reason or another. So the investigation in each case should be made on the reason of committed suicide properly so that the government funds may not be misused which were collected from taxpayers. Because that farmers who are earning too much in farming are not ready to pay even single pennie to government as income tax. It may also be seen that in the states where the loans of farmers waived off the of chitta, other drugs. And bullets will be increased.than the previous year.
      1. K
        Jun 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm
        Considering the 'Cricket Teams' farmers breed during their better days, not enough are renouncing life. The government should distribute Euthanasia kits to facilitate the process.
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            Abhi Ghosh
            Jun 29, 2017 at 11:12 am
            SORRY, the arrangement of commenting is not that equipped to express myself !!!