Six farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra
NAGPUR: An activist on Thursday blamed official apathy
for the suicide by six farmers in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region. Four of them
were from Yavatmal district and one each from Akola and Amravati districts,
Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishore Tiwari said. The deaths occurred
“The farmers voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in both
the Lok Sabha and assembly elections hoping their suffering will be mitigated,”
Tiwari told IANS.
He said the Bharatiya Janata Party promised during the
election campaign to address issues such as debts, market prices of cotton and
soyabean, and compensation for crop failures. But continuing official apathy
has forced the farmers to take their lives, Tiwari said.
The activist urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to
visit Vidarbha. He said the monsoon was delayed by two months this year and a
dry spell after Sep 15 had hit the crops badly.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 3,146
distressed farmers committed suicide last year in Maharashtra - the highest
number for any state.