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HC raps M'rashtra Govt over farmers' suicides

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 21:55 IST
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The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked Maharasthra government why farmers in the Vidarbha are committing suicides even after the announcement of a special package by the State and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his tour to the region early this month.

A division bench of Justice RMS Khandeparkar and Justice SR Dongaonkar while hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, directed the respondent state to file an affidavit containing all schemes meant for farmers to bail them out from the present crisis and list of beneficiaries of such schemes so far.

The Bench also told the State to put all relevant information regarding relief measures initiated by the government in the website for information of public at large.

The Bench asked the petitioner, Samiti President Kishore Tiwari, to suggest remedies for overcoming the present crisis.

The High Court recalled its earlier order of imposition of cost of Rs 1000 each on 13 top bureaucrats, including Chief Secretary for their failure to take cognizance of court notice for not filing replies.

A division bench of Justice JN Patel and Justice SR Dongaonkar in a snub to the bureaucracy had imposed Rs 1000 as cost on 13 respondents.

The 13 top officials later on June 28 offered an apology to the court and deposited sum.

On Tuesday, while issuing recall of its own order, court clearly stated, "This does not mean a clean chit to them."