In Uttarakhand, a debt-ridden farmer from Nagar district committed suicide, claimed his relatives on Sunday. This comes at a time when governments across states are providing loan waiver to farmers as a repercussion to the intense stir in many Indian states especially Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Ramavtar (42) of Haldi Pacheda village in Khatima area of the district was found hanging from a tree on Saturday midnight by relatives, who went to look for him as he did not return home from the field. The is the second incident of suicide in a row within 10 days. On June 16, a farmer in Pithorgarh committed suicide after he received recovery notice from the rural co-operative bank.
It is to be noted the number of farmer suicide in India has alarmingly increased in the recent years along with the rise in demand of loan waiver. Dropping prices and unreliable monsoon further troubles the agricultural sect. Significantly, studies point that most farmers suicides are committed due to bankruptcy or debts.
In May Narendra Modi’s BJP-led central government told the Supreme Court that despite a multi-pronged approach to improving income and social security of farmers, over 12,000 suicides were reported in the agricultural sector in India every year since 2013. Although the government comes out with various schemes and strategies to combat this issue, however, it doesn’t quite help the debt-ridden farmers, whose plight often goes unnoticed.
Farmers of US Nagar district too have been demanding loan waiver and also held a protest last week to press for their demand.