Farmers suicide: NHRC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra Government

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Delhi, July 16: The National Human Rights Commission of India on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Government of Maharashtra over the suicide of 639 farmers in the state between March to May 2018.

This comes after Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said that 639 farmers have committed suicide in three months (March to May) this year due to pressing debt, crop failure and the inability to repay bank loans.

Patil was replying to a question asked by the Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde and other NCP members, PTI reported.

“639 farmers have committed suicide between March 1 and May 31, 2018. Of these 639 farmers, 188 were declared eligible for compensation as per government schemes, based on the government’s criteria of crop failure, debts and their failure to repay loans,” Patil stated.

“Of the 188, families of 174 farmers have received compensation,” he added.

Patil also said that 122 cases were declared ineligible for compensation, while 329 cases were pending for further probe.

The opposition leaders had sought to know the number of farmers committed suicide in the last three months and details of the compensation provided to the family of the deceased.

Besides this, they also sought to know measures taken by the government to help the families of the deceased peasants.

Speaking to PTI Munde alleged that all schemes of the government, including the loan waiver, compensation to farmers for crop loss, crop loans, and minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural goods, have failed, which led to the increase in the number of farmer suicide.

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