Mumbai: RTI reveals that the number of farmer suicide cases has increased in the last three months in the state of Maharashtra.
According to the response received from Maharashtra Agiriculture Ministry, it is revealed that 2,234 farmers have committed suicide in the villages of Maharashtra and also out of total 2, 234 farmers only 1, 231 (55%) farmer’s families were eligible to get the compensation.
This year in March, the Agriculture Minister, Eknath Kadse had made announcement in the parliamentary assembly to increase the amount of compensation from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and also to provide insurance policy for the farmers.
To check if the announcement made by the Agriculture Minister of Maharashtra has come into implementation or not, RTI activist Jeetendra Ghadge has filed an application with the revenue and forest department of the state. On October 8, in reply to his RTI application, Rajendra Pimple, the Public Information Officer, Maharashtra Government stated that no such decision has been taken by the government and the amount of compensation to the farmer’s family who are eligible is Rs one lakh till date.
Looking at the reply given by the government, Jeetendra Gadge, RTI activist, said, "If farmers commit suicide the burden of loan shifts to his wife or mother, one lakh is not enough to rehabilitate that family yet even that is been rejected. The babus seem to believe that they are giving some kind of bonus to the farmer's family. In all the Government is being really insensitive towards the farmer’s suicide issue."
According to this year’s data given by the government in reply from January 1 to September 30, 1,231 families have been eligible for compensation. The maximum numbers of 854 farmer’s suicide cases have been registered in Amravati followed by 766 cases in Abad, 303 cases in Nashik, 254 in Nagpur and 56 in Pune.
While, Konkan region has only one farmer’s suicide case registered till date.