Maharastra, Nov 7, 2016: As many as 900 farmers in the eight districts of Marthawada reportedly ended their lives between January and October this year.
According to officials at the Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, last year during the same time period, around 700 farmers commited suicides.
Match this with 2013 and 2014, when a total of 600 suicides were reported in Marathwada. And between 2006 and 2012, less than 400 farmer suicides were reported on a yearly basis. The year 2015 recorded the highest number of farmer suicides — 1,133 from January to December — in 10 years.
The opposition slams Modi government over the deadly issue of farmers suicide by saying that the democracy is going through one of the darkest hours of the present government.
From last four years, Marathwada has been in the constraint of severe drought, two during the Congress-NCP regime and two during the BJP-Sena-RPI government. A year ago, the state government picked Osmanabad which has seen several suicides to implement a “zero-suicide district” plan.
According to Beed district collector, the plans being implemented include offering rice and wheat at Rs 2/kg and Rs 3/kg to farmer families, critical health care benefits, crop insurance, counseling, and guidance. “Surgeries for critical ailments like heart and kidney problem are being performed free of cost in government hospitals and empanelled private hospitals,” he added.
It is high time for the ruling government to considered the death of farmer suicide on a priority basis so that the precious lives of farmer won’t go in vain.