858 farmers committed suicide this year: MoS Agriculture
Posted by Ramoo on December 19, 2008
New Delhi, Dec 19: The Centre on Friday said 858 farmers in four states have committed suicide this year but ruled out the receiving any report confirming that any peasant has ended life despite the debt waiver relief provided by it.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Kanti Lal Bhuria said that, according to the latest report furnished by the states, 112 farmers have committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh, 152 in Karnataka and 21 in Gujarat this year.
Maharashtra accounted for the highest number of farmer suicides at 573 during the year.
However, the minister said no state government has submitted that any farmer has committed suicide despite the Centre’s relief in respect of their debt liabilities.
“No such report has been received from the state governments,’ Bhuria said.
Bhuria said the Centre’s farm loan waiver scheme has benefitted over 3 crore small and marginal and 6.7 million other farmers.
“As per the provisional figures, 3,01,06,236 small and marginal farmers and 67,71,582 other farmers have benefited from Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008,” Minister of State Kanti Lal Bhuria said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.
The final figures, he added, would be available after the completion of the statutory audit of lending institutions.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram, while presenting the Budget 2008-09, had announced a whopping Rs 60,000-crore package for the farming community by waiving loans of small and marginal farmers.