Thursday, September 07, 2006

One farmer committing suicide every five hours: Samiti

News Update Service
One farmer committing suicide every five hours: Samiti

Nagpur, Sept 7. (PTI): As many as 72 farmers have committed suicide in the last 15 days in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, which means one farmer is commiting suicide every five hours, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an NGO working for the cause of farmers, claimed on Wednesday.

Samiti, has said in a release on Wednesday that 828 farmers had committed suicide between June 1, 2005 and September 5, 2006.

The special package announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the region on June 30 and July 1, has yet to provide the much-needed relief to farmers, they claimed.

Samiti would launch an agitation from September 15 to press for the release of a new crop loan and implementation of various schemes meant for farmers in affected district, Samiti release added.

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