2,016 cases of farmers’ suicides have been reported till September end in Maharashtra.
This revelation comes after the state reported half of India’s total number of farmers’ suicides in 2014. Although, the state government has undertaken several measures to check the growing crisis, the ground realities don’t appear to see any change.
The worst affected regions are Vidharbha and Marathwada (covering 19 districts), where maximum number of suicides have taken place. While Vidharbha has seen 1,010 cases of farmer suicides till the end of September, in the same period Marathwada has recorded 695 cases.
“Maharashtra has been seeing drought and unseasonal rains over the past two years. Early this year, much of the crop had been wasted due to sudden rains. The rains had ruined the Rabi crop and lack of timely intervention by the state government had resulted in a rise in the figure in May,” Swabhimani Paksha MP Raju Shetti was quoted as saying.
Activist Kishore Tiwari is heading the state government’s mission to reduce farm distress.
“The problem has got acute given that proper attention was not paid to it in the past 15 years. The government machinery which was supposed to be looking into the matter has been riddled with corruption. Medical, educational and other help are being provided to over 6 million families in the 14 suicide-prone districts. We hope the trend will go down in the months to come,” Tiwari was quoted by Indian Express.
Unable to check the never-ending cycle of farmers’ suicide in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had sought bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone’s help.
Fadnavis had said that he wanted Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone to work with the farmers to work on reducing their stress level.