Maharashtra farmer suicides have nearly doubled under BJP govt, drought to blame -Manasi Phadke
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis says his govt has tried to handle the drought situation, but any farmer suicide remains a matter of concern.
Mumbai: Farmer suicides in Maharashtra have nearly doubled in the four years of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, despite a surge in the overall expenditure on the agriculture sector.
Data from the state’s relief and rehabilitation department shows that 11,225 farmer suicides were recorded between January 2015 and September 2018, though the numbers have been showing a slight dip with each passing year.
In comparison, the first four years of the previous Congress-NCP government in the state (January 2010 to December 2013) saw 6,028 cases of farmer suicides.
Overall, since 2001, 28,928 farmers have committed suicide in the state, as on 30 September 2018.
The biggest factor behind this tragic phenomenon, according to the government as well as experts, has been the paucity of rainfall, which has impacted output and costs. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government had been trying to improve the situation for farmers, but it would remain a matter for concern as long as farmers continued to die.
Under pressure from protesting farmers and opposition parties, Fadnavis’s government had rolled out a Rs 21,500-crore farm loan waiver for 47 lakh eligible farmers last year.
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