221 farmers ended lives till mid-March in Maharashtra this year

In March alone, 66 farmers have committed suicide in the Marathwada region, which is the most parched and backward region of the state.

Published: 31st March 2018 05:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2018 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

Representational purpose only (EPS | Biswanath Swain)

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: As many as 221 farmer suicides — roughly, about three deaths daily — were recorded in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region from January to mid-March this year, according to the data presented by the state government in the Assembly. In March alone, 66 farmers have committed suicide in the Marathwada region, which is the most parched and backward region of the state. Failure in effective implementation of loan waiver scheme and problems in compensation of cotton farmers hit by pink bollworms were the two primary reasons for these deaths, said Kishor Tiwari, chairman of government- appointed Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission.

Leader of Opposition in the legislative council Dhananjay Munde, who hails from Beed, a prominent district of Marathwada, also blamed the state government for the suicides. “The Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government has failed to compensate the farmers who lost cotton crop to pink bollworms in Marathwada and Vidarbha. It also failed in taking the benefits of loan waiver scheme to the farmers. Though the CM has been quoting huge figures, my estimate suggests not more than `12,000 crore have been actually disbursed,” said Munde.

“The district cooperative and nationalised banks are charging interest on waived-off loan… The farmers are left with hardly any other option but to commit suicides.” Meanwhile, Tiwari said farmers were not getting fair and remunerative price (FRP) for cotton and ‘tur’ (pigeon pea). The government has also not assured farmers of financial support from district cooperative banks and nationalised banks for the next season, he added. Tiwari also criticised the government for first announcing that the farmers will get support from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and from insurance companies, and, then, failing to get them the help. “Such acts intensify the grief and chances of suicides increase,” he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Asian Games 2018