135 farmer suicide cases in 58 days from Aurangabad division in Maharashtra

Minister said that as per NCRB data, the number of suicides by persons self-employed in farming in 2012 and 2013 were 13,754 and 11,772 respectively.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2015 6:24 pm

Maharashtra has reported 135 cases of farmers’ suicide in the Aurangabad division during a short period of the first 58 days in 2015 due to successive natural calamities and scarcity situation.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundaria also said: “In the last three years i.e. 2012, 2013 and 2014, there were 662 cases of farmers’ suicide which were eligible for compensation of Rs 1 lakh as per policy of the state government.”

In reply to a separate question, Minister said that as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the number of suicides by persons self-employed in farming in 2012 and 2013 were 13,754 and 11,772 respectively.

“Government of Maharashtra has reported 135 cases of farmers’ suicides from January 1, 2015 to February 27, 2015 in the Aurangabad Division, due to successive natural calamities and scarcity situation,” Kundaria said.

The state government has informed that local level district authorities are conducting awareness programmes in the villages and disseminating information regarding various agriculture and other development schemes for farmers, the Minister said.

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  1. A
    Mar 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm
    This is outrageous. Maharashtra Government must take emergency steps and solve this problem. We waste crores of rupees we mismanage projects worth lakhs of crores. MOVE CM, MOVE. Life is precious and farmers are too.
    1. Barka Farooki
      Mar 14, 2015 at 5:09 am
      Nation; give a break to Chief bigot CM of Maharashtra as he just gave a major boost to farmers by imposing trade ban on bullocks and drought cattle!!! Now prosperity will return and in perhaps 100 years, the farmers will never have to commit suicides. What a shame India!
      1. D
        Damaru Prasad
        Mar 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm
        Crying shame on Indian democracy. Come to think of it that a nation of a billion people and fine climate has a sad history of farmers committing suicide when the crops fail. And they fail every year. Come to think of it that monsoon is so heavy that the state is often flooded in summer. It is happening because no politician who comes to power has ever given a thought to water harvesting. And scams are simply too many.
        1. Bodhisattva Anand
          Mar 14, 2015 at 8:15 am
          Achchhe din aa e
          1. M
            Mar 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm
            I wonder whether the Government advises them on what crop to raise based on the nature of their soil and availability of water !
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