Debt-ridden farmers’ suicide: Missive issued to Tikamgarh Collector

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2017 11:07:14


 

Staff Reporter,

Susbequent to Mandsaur protest, farmers’ suicides have been reported from Sehore, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Dhar, Neemuch, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Narsinghpur, Sehore, Tikamgarh and Vidisha districts

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has taken cognizance on the incident of suicides by debit-ridden farmer at Tikamgarh.


As per reports 42-year-old Dharm Singh Thakur has taken loan of two to three lakhs rupees from banks and private lenders and as he was unable to repay loan was under tremendous stress. Missives have been issued to Tikamgarh Collector seeking as detail report on amount of loan taken by farmer. Name of private loan lenders, total interest he was charged and also whether loan lender was having valid license of not .


It was reported that three farmers have committed suicide in separate incidents. Apparently, committed suicide as he was finding it difficult to repay his loans to private money- lenders. In Tikamgarh, 42-year-old Dharam Singh hanged himself in his field at village Dhana.


According to his family, he was worried about repayment of a loan. Susbequent to Mandasur protest, farmers' suicides have been reported from Sehore, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Dhar, Neemuch, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Narsinghpur, Sehore, Tikamgarh and Vidisha districts. Incidents of suicide done by debt-ridden farmers have been reported many parts in Madhya Pradesh  of late.

In March 2012, Madhya Pradesh Human Right Commission had drafted recommendation after consultation with experts and detail field study to curb farmers' suicide issue. It concluded that mounting debts, besides non availability of fertilisers and delay in timely payments, were among the main reasons that forced farmers to do suicide in Madhya Pradesh.