Nearly 900 farmer suicides in Marathwada this year
According to officials at the Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, nearly 900 farmer suicides were reported in eight districts of Marathwada region between January and October this year.
The year 2015 recorded the highest number of farmer suicides – 1,133 – from January to December, in 10 years. Among the eight districts in Marathwada, Beed reported the maximum cases of farmer suicides at 93, over the June-October period, followed by Nanded and Osmanabad with 58 cases each.
The suicides are happening due to agrarian crisis, poor financial condition of the farmers and their inability to repay bank loans.
Marathwada has been facing the torment of severe drought for past four years. A year ago, the state government picked Osmanabad, which had seen several suicides, to implement a “zero-suicide district” plan.
Still, the suicide rates are very high.
“They spoke about zero suicides and look what shocking figures have emerged in Osmanabad. It is a telling commentary on the Devendra Fadnavis government’s failure to save the lives of farmers,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.
According to Beed district collector Naval Kishore Ram, the implemented plan includes offering rice and wheat at Rs 2/kg and Rs 3/kg to farmer families, critical health care benefits, crop insurance, counselling 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.