Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Over 3,600 farmers end lives in Nagpur division in last 17 years

Web India: Nagpur: Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
More than 3,600 farmers have allegedly committed suicides in Eastern Vidarbha which falls under Nagpur Division, as per the reply to an RTI query.
These suicides occurred during a period of past 17 years.
Since January this year, 126 farmers from western Vidarbha have ended their lives, 32 deaths in March and 17 last month.
The spate of suicides continued unabated in eastern part as well even after the massive loan waiver announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The government awarded Rs 1 lakh compensation to family of every deceased farmer.
The reply submitted by Divisional Commissioner Office in Nagpur to a query by an RTI activist disclosed that Wardha district with nearly 1,500 suicides leads the chart among six districts in the division.
On the other hand, backward and Naxalite-hit district like Gadchiroli witnessed least number of suicides at 74 in 17 years.
In Nagpur district, the hometown of Chief Minister, about 680 suicides were reported, 23 deaths took place in last six months. Only 254 families received compensation while claims of 413 were rejected.
The reply further revealed that hardly half of the families of 3,604 farmers who committed suicides were found eligible for receiving compensation while 1,740 were declared ineligible and 57 cases are still pending.
Collectively, the state government offered a compensation of Rs 17.80 crore, while claims of many of them were rejected for varied reasons.
Sources squarely blamed the government for its wrong policies that led to unabated suicides in Vidarbha. Erratic rainfall and crops failure over the years compounded the woes of farmers.
"The downtrend started in 2006 when BT Cotton was introduced. It was used extensively by farmers from Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur. It led to massive economic losses, from which they never came up. Subsequently, mounting debts and distress took their toll," sources informed UNI.
The sources said that the farmers used to cultivate paddy as a minor crop and cotton as major crop. Moreover, they worked in farms in spare time.
"Multinational companies showed them big dream about crops like BT cotton and ruined their lives completely. The entire cotton-rich belt failed to get good yield due to usage of such seeds provided by the MNCs. Other factors like rising inflation, school fees and healthcare charges also added to their woes,"sources added.UNI PK SS SB 2344