The Vilasrao government, which has been claiming that farmers' suicides have drastically gone down this year, was exposed again when eight more farmers of Vidarbha region committed suicide in the last 48 hours.
According to reports in Nagpur on Wednesday, among the victims, two were from Amravati while one each was from Bhandara, Yavatmal, Gondia, Akola, Buldhana and Washim. They were identified as Purushottam Junghare of Junona, Nilesh Nishthane of Shirodi (both Amravati), Prabhu Pawar of Chikhli (Yavatmal), Tarachand Neware of Erandi (Bhandara), Suresh Pawar of Umarsari (Akola), Parasram Gandale of Jabartola (Gondia), Anand Wankhede of Tunki (Buldhana) and Kisan Lahe of Bharseoni (Washim district).
It was only last week that Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Johnny Joseph, while reviewing the implementation of PM's relief package at Nagpur, claimed that the rate of farmers' suicide has gone down this year in comparison to 2006.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, which has been documenting the farmers' suicide since 2001, alleged that most of the victims had taken the drastic step because the local banks refused to give them fresh loans.
Moreover, some of the farmers' sowing was washed away in the current kharif season due to recent heavy rains and they have no money for fresh sowing, Tiwari pointed out.
"The situation is very alarming in villages and the government should act promptly to bail them out. Otherwise, it would be beyond control of anyone," he warned.
With the death of eight more farmers, the toll has reached to 59 this month alone. As many as 536 farmers have committed suicide this year since January.
Month-wise farmers' suicide in Nagpur this year
July - 59
June - 68
May - 79
April - 90
Mar - 84
Feb - 86