The Bombay High Court while taking suo motu the issue of farmers’ suicide in the state as a Public Interest Litigation has today suggested the Maharashtra government to rope in corporate to mitigate the crisis. The court was replying to the state government’s report of as many as 1000 farmer suicides that had taken place in the state during 2015.
The court said, business houses should be urged either to adopt villages or provide equipment including tractors to the farmers free. “In this way, suicides could be prevented as business houses would readily come forward to help farmers under the corporate social responsibility,” the bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni said.
While a few government officials who were present for the hearing as per the court’s directive stated that the government had introduced some schemes, against which the court asked whether the number of suicide had gone up or come down after these measures were introduced. The officers however accepted that the number had increased.
The judges then asked the government to find out the reasons for this. “It is necessary to know the causes to tackle the problem,” the bench said. The court also suggested that the government may promote collective farming as a solution. It would especially help the farmers with small land-holding who are unable to recover the cost of cultivation, said the bench. It said the schemes should not remain only on paper but strictly implemented.