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'Decline in indebted farmers' suicides'

The number of suicides by indebted farmers in the state has declined from 60 to 25 per cent, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said on Tuesday.

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The number of suicides by indebted farmers in the state has declined from 60 to 25 per cent, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said on Tuesday.

"There is a sharp decline in the figures of suicides due to indebtness as the government machinery was getting a poor feedback on financial assistance extended to the next of kin of deceased farmers," Deshmukh said.

The chief minister, who arrived here to campaign for party candidates for the zilla parishad elections, told reporters that the loan disbursement figure has gone up from Rs 60 crore to Rs 1,800 crore to control the agrarian crisis.

He said the government was contemplating the idea of holding the autumn session of state legislature in Nagpur as against the usual winter session.

The idea was floated before group leaders and a wider discussion was expected during the ensuing budget session of state legislature next week, he added.

Deshmukh said, as part of mobilising investments for the prestigious multi-modal international passenger and cargo hub, he will visit Bangalore on March 24-25 to woo investors.

He said there was no dispute between the state government and the Boeing Company over allocation of land and the passenger aircraft-giant will perform bhoomipujan soon, he said.

Boeing had demanded additional land from the Maharashtra Airport Development Company, which had opposed the same.