At least 287 farmers, including agriculture labourers, have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh during the past three months. The Madhya Pradesh government disseminated the information in a written reply to a question asked by Senior Congress MLA Ram Niwas Rawat.
The data provided by the MP government has revealed that 106 farmers and 181 agricultural labourers have committed suicide in from 16 November 2016 to February (up to the date of the question) this year. In reply to Rawat’s question during the winter session in December last year, the state government had said that 531 farmers/farm labourers had committed suicide between July 1 and November 15, 2016.
Adding up the figures, overall 818 farmers committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh from 1 July 2016 till date.
The government also informed that the number of suicides in the state during these three months has been 1,761 persons, of which 160 were students and 287 farmers.
According to the latest figures on accidental deaths and suicides in India (ADSI), which was released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Madhya Pradesh accounted for 1,290 of 8,007 suicides by farmers and agricultural labourers across India in 2016, one of the highest in the country, mostly by small and marginal farmers.
According to the NCRB data, the suicides have been attributed to farming-related issues like crop failure, inability to sell their agricultural produce, inability to repay loans as well as other factors like poverty, property disputes, marriage-related issues, family problems and illness.
Overall, between 2001 and 2015, there have been 18,687 farmer suicides in MP, according to the state crime records bureau.
Despite farmers living in such woes in the state, one of the BJP MLAs from MP, Rameshwar Sharma, had said in a press conference, “Those have died who are less of farmers and do the business of subsidy licking.” Even in the past, another BJP MP Gopal Shetty had called farmer suicide as a ‘fashion trend’.
Not only Madhya Pradesh, almost every other state in India reports about farmer suicide, Maharashtra accounting for the highest.
The Logical Indian urges the Centre as well as the state governments to seek action into the issues of farmer suicide that is looming like a menace in the country.