Farmers suicide doubled in last 4 yrs in Maha: RTI reply
In a shocking disclosure made through a reply obtained under the RTI Act, the Maharashtra Revenue department has said that the number of farmers’ suicides nearly doubled in the State during the last four years from 6,268 in 2015 to 11,995 in 2018.
The reply obtained by RTI activist Jeetendra Ghadge revealed that Amravati revenue division — comprising districts of Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim and Yavatmal in eastern Maharashtra — accounted for a maximum of 4,383 out of the total 5,727 farmers’ suicides reported from across the state between 2014 and 2018.
Surprisingly, the RTI reply also confirmed that many of thel affected farmers’ families received compensation of Rs 1 lakh were denied to compensation by the State Government.
In 2014, 1358 farmers’ families received the compensation whereas 674 application seeking compensation had been rejected. However, in 2018, the number of rejections increased to 1050, while the approved cases approved decreased to 1,330.
In March 2015 then Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse had announced in the State Assembly that the compensation would be increased from Rs 1 lakh to 5 lakh to per affected family. He had also announced a life insurance policy that would cover all the farmers.
Courtesy: The Pioneer