11 farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha: NGO
Press Trust of India
Nagpur, January 29, 2007
Eleven farmers have committed suicide in Vidarbha region of Maharasthra, an NGO working for farmers said Monday.
The suicide cases were reported in the last two days from districts of Yavatmal, Washim (three each), Nagpur (two), Amaravati, Wardha and Chandrapur (one each), Vidarbha Jana Andolan Samiti President Kishore Tiwari said in a release in Nagpur.
He said so far 62 farmers have committed suicide in the current month in the cotton-growing region in Eastern Maharasthra.
Last year, about 1,050 farmers had committed suicide in Vidarbha which was visited by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who announced a relief package for farmers reeling under bankruptcy and crop failure.
The samiti has claimed the state government has paid compensation to 682 families of the deceased farmers.
In addition to the Prime Minister's package, the state's Congress-NCP led government too had announced several relief measures for debt-ridden farmers but the spate of suicides continued.