The Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) had submitted a report to the government recommending measures to empower farmers' widows.
Gayadhar had borrowed Rs 1 lakh from a cooperative society and another one lakh from local money lenders for investment in mushroom and other crops, but were damaged due to unseasonal rain.
The Union government needs to take a stand regarding the agricultural loans taken by farmers from commercial banks, he said on Friday in a reply to the letter written by Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi.
Congress president writes to Pinarayi seeking an inquiry into farmer suicides in Wayanad
A record number of farmer suicides over the last few years and rural anger over farm distress have become major political issues ahead of the Lok Sabha polls
Yavatmal has gained a dubious record as the epicentre of farmers’ suicides over the past three decades after the first recorded suicide in 1986.
The fund-starved Punjab Congress government in the last two years has provided debt relief of Rs 4736 crore to 5.83 lakh small and marginal farmers in the state.
The Congress, in its election manifesto, had promised to waive off all farm loans but it scaled down the eligibility criteria when it came to power.
The state cabinet which met here on Tuesday announced a number of steps including extending the moratorium on loan recovery till December 31.
Apart from the debate on the Gadgil-Kasturirangan reports, the rising number of farmer suicides and the delay in rehabilitating flood victims will dominate the campaign
The Chief Minister will also hold a state level bankers committee meet on Wednesday to take up the issue.
Launching the third phase of his government’s farm debt waiver scheme at Anandpur Sahib, he lambasted the Centre over its continued indifference to the woes of the farmers.
Farmer suicides had witnessed a lull during the southwest monsoon which also coincided with the loan waiver announcement of the Kumaraswamy-led coalition government.
Authorities credit awareness programmes and government schemes including free education to children for the decrease in suicides.