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Farmers’ suicides: Modi Government fails to tackle real issues

Tamil Nadu farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi registered his victory in Uttar Pradesh after loudly promising farmers of waiving off their debts and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has earmarked a whopping Rs 1 Lakh crore hike in the credit target for the next fiscal to Rs 10 lakh crore as part of BJP led government’s efforts to double the incomes of Indian farmers within the next five years but suicides among the farmers increased by over 40% between 2014 and 2015.

Tamil Nadu farmers traveled to Delhi to draw attention of the government towards the increasing number of suicides caused by the  aggravated conditions of drought and debt  and called on PM Modi to save them from starvation.

The most striking thing is that the current government assured reforms in agrarian  sector but is unable to uplift the condition of the farmers as  maximum number of farmers are caught in debt traps with private money lenders  charging interest rates of 25% to 60% on loans given to them for agriculture.

Bringing to the notice of PM Modi,farmers are protesting at Jantar Mantar with human skulls of the severe drought being faced in Tamil Nadu due to the failure of the south-west monsoon and the north-east monsoon .After coming to power in 2014,PM even failed to compensate farmers through his scheme titled “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna” meant for crop failure.

On February, 2017, Jaitley increased the budget allotment under the scheme “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna” from Rs 5,500 crore to Rs 13,240 crore this fiscal year. According to NCRB more than 300,000 farmers took their lives between 1995 and 2014, said National Crime Records Bureau said that there had been more than 600 suicides among farmers  in just a short period of two year in 2013-14.

PM Modi promised to modernize the rural sector, empower the farmers and urbanize the country  by giving them facilities to irrigate, harvest crops along-with input subsidies  but Modi  and his cabinet ministers turn a blind eye to the real problem being faced by farmers across the country regarding crippling debt exacerbated by drought conditions, lack of state and centre support that ultimately compel the farmers to take such an extreme step of committing suicides.

The government should be made responsible to purchase the crops at minimum support price to benefit the farmers. Even the Supreme Court has pulled up the government to come up with a comprehensive policy to address the real problems which force the farmers to take extreme step of ending their lives.

arti bali

By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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