Odisha Government to Probe 41 Cases of Farmers' Suicide

Published: 30th October 2015 05:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2015 05:53 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: Amidst a State-wide confusion over the number of farmers who committed suicide allegedly due to crop loss and loan burden, the State Government on Thursday said it is investigating into the causes of 41 such cases while the number of drought hit districts has increased to 21.

“We have received reports on 41 farmer suicide cases. The Government is investigating to find out the causes behind the deaths,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) GVV Sarma told mediapersons here.

The farmers’ deaths have been reported from 15 districts. Stating that district Collectors have already sent their reports on the death of 41 farmers, Sarma said the Government’s priority is to tackle the situation arising out of the dry spell condition.

Different departments have been directed to work in coordination to face the drought situation that has gripped 139 of the total 314 blocks spread over 21 districts where crop loss was 33 per cent or more based on the eye estimation report, he said.

The SRC said eye estimation on crop loss was done as per the guideline of the Odisha Relief Code. The affected farmers would be provided subsidised agriculture inputs based on the final crop cutting report, he added.

The SRC maintained that each affected farmer would be identified and his/her loss estimated as per the guidelines of State Disaster Response Fund. On the farmers suicide allegedly due to loan burden, Sarma said the police and district administration have been told to keep a vigil on the local money lenders.

Action would be taken against the money lenders operating in villages without valid licence, he said.


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