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Every five hours, a farmer commits suicide

September 06, 2006 15:41 IST

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Mr Prime Minister, the farmer is heartbroken

A suicide every five hours. This is the reality in Vidharbha, Maharashtra, where 72 farmers have committed suicide in the past 15 days.

The figures were released on Wednesday by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a non-governmental organisation working for the cause of farmers.

The Samiti stated 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.

The Samiti plans to launch an agitation from September 15 to press for release of new crop loan and implementation of various schemes meant for farmers in the district.

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Sub: Farmers Cry

And we still nagging the Vandematram issue, when thousnads of fallow citizens kill themselve for basic needs, is this not a indian issue,

Posted by S arshad ali

Sub: Who should be respected more, Narayana Murthy or a farmer?

If you cannot wipe out tears and give due respect, even more than the respect given to Narayana Murthy, to farmers, then: (a) You donít ...

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Sub: 72 suicides in Vidharbha

Shame on PM, Politicions and us. Govt. have time to bring Quota but not for the people who are dying. My heart cry when I ...

Posted by Sachin

Sub: 72 suicides in Vidharbha

A close scrutiny may show that loans (from loansharks at exhorbitantly criminal usurious rate) for dowries and weddings feature prominently in these suicides, as crops ...

Posted by labrea

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to prevent all side loot of farmer laws are to be strict & farmers must be treated like small scale industry & give loan, other ...

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