Taking suo motu cognizance of The Indian Express report on 89 farmers committing suicide in Marathwada region in January, the Bombay High Court has sought a detailed report on farmer suicides from the Maharashtra government by Tuesday.
The division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice A Sayed has also asked the state government to list the steps it has taken to tackle the situation in the drought-hit region.
“In January this year alone, as many as 89 farmers ended their lives. We want to know the reasons for these suicides…Your steps to tackle the situation do not seem to be yielding result,” Justice Naresh Patil told government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani.
Stating that he was “pained” to read the report about a large number of farmers committing suicide in one month alone, Justice Patil said that he has also read reports about huge shortage of drinking water in the region. Even hospitals are facing water shortage, he added.