The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday admitted in the state assembly that some farmers committed suicide because of being overburdened by loans.
In a written reply to a query by Congress legislator Mukesh Nayak, home minister Bhupendra Singh stated that between 2013 and 2015 in Sagar division (Bundelkhand), four farmers committed suicide due to loans and two people committed suicide after becoming depressed due to unemployment. Sagar revenue division comprises five districts —Chhatarpur, Damoh, Panna, Sagar and Tikamgarh.
According to the data provided in the state assembly, the farmers who committed suicide were from Chhatarpur and Damoh (one each) and Tikamgarh (two).
During the debate in the House, Congress party’s Ramniwas Rawat, who had asked also a question on farmer suicides, said that on an average, 22 people committed suicide per day in the state, including four farmers (between February to mid-November this year).
In a written reply to the question of Rawat , Singh stated that between July 1 and mid-November, when the question was submitted, there have been 3,469 suicides in MP, including 252 suicides by farmers, 279 by farm labourers and 281 by students.
Rawat said according to the reply of the state government, between February 1, 2016 and June 30, 3957 people had committed suicide in MP, including 1164 suicides by farmers and farm labourers and 298 by students.
Rawat told HT this is perhaps for the first time that state government had admitted that some debit-ridden farmers in the state had committed suicide due to frustration. “It is rare for the state government to admit such facts in black and white”, he said.
According to the data of the Madhya Pradesh Crime Records Bureau, over 18,000 farmers have committed suicide between 2001 and 2015 in the state, which translates to an average of three farmers killing themselves for the past 15 years.