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Farmer death before Modi's visit to UP -Piyush Srivastava

-The Telegraph Lucknow: A farmer said to be demonstrating against the Uttar Pradesh government with 50 others since May 21 died of a heatstroke on Saturday, the fourth anniversary of Narendra Modi's government and a day before the Prime Minister addresses a rally 20km from the spot. Uday Veer Singh, 60, died while protesting before the Baraut tehsil office in Baghpat district a day after chief minister Yogi Adityanath visited Modi's rally...

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Farm, Fractured -V Kumara Swamy

-The Telegraph As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to mark his fourth anniversary in power, V. Kumara Swamy takes stock of how hollow his promises to farmers have been. Will there be a price to pay? Hemant Patidar, a farmer, has been camping at the Mandsaur mandi in Madhya Pradesh with 15 quintals of “good quality” garlic for more than a week now. The price has been on a downslide for the...

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Death in the Midst of Plenty: Farmer Suicides in Punjab -Sukhpal Singh

-Economic and Political Weekly There remain misconceptions regarding Farmer Suicides. There is a need to set right these erroneous ideas based on scientific studies that have been conducted seeking to devise solutions to address the prevailing crisis of the peasantry in Punjab. Please click here to access the article. ...

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Maharashtra Witnesses Rise in Farmer Suicides, 696 cases in 3 months - Shilpa Shaji

-Newsclick.in The government has chosen not to intervene in the market prices of the seasonal crops, forcing farmers to deal with the debt and the crisis on their own. Despite the Maharashtra government’s farm loan waiver scheme to “settle” the agrarian debts of farmers, the number of farmers committing suicide in the state continues to rise. The state has witnessed a total of 696 Farmer Suicides in the initial three months of...

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Between 2015 & 2016, suicide by farmers fell but suicide by agricultural labourers grew

The total number of farm suicides in the country has reduced from 12,602 to 11,370 between 2015 and 2016 viz. a fall by 9.8 percent. This has been revealed recently in a reply by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala in the Lok Sabha. So, one may wonder why there is such a hue and cry about rural distress and agrarian crisis...

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