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Farmer suicide cases rising in Maharashtra

Farmer suicide

Around 60 farmers have died by suicide in the last 43 days in the Yavatmal area of Maharashtra failing to repay the debt following the torrential rains.

Amol Yedge District collector assured that the government is taking steps to reduce the number of suicide incidents in the state.

According to the official, this year 205 such cases have been reported in the state.

Yedge said that 48 farmer suicides were reported in August, and 12 have been reported in September. So far, 205 cases have been reported this year till date. The committee sits on these cases and decides the eligibility and ineligibility of these cases.

The collector said that to extend support to the farmers, government officers will spend a day with the farmers on September 13 and 14  to know their issues and inform them about government schemes and benefits.

A local in the area informed that the crops were destroyed because of the heavy rains which led to his father’s death by suicide owing to the inability to repay the debt.

Local added that they had a debt of about Rs 12 lakhs, and crop was destroyed due to heavy rains. He never thought that his father will die by suicide but he quietly went to the farm and did it. He didn’t get any help from the administration, and no No one including BDO or Collector visited them.

Weeks ago in Delhi, a farmer was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a Shiv temple.

A mushroom farmer who had sent his workers home to Bihar during the migrant crisis in May 2020, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a Shiv temple in the Alipur police station area in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The deceased was identified as Pappan Singh of Tigipur village. Singh used to visit the Shiv temple in front of his house daily. A priest saw him hanging on the ceiling fan, as per the police.

A suicide note was also recovered which stated the reason was some disease. However, the family did not suspect anybody.

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