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Financial crisis drives another Mansa farmer to suicide

There seem to be no end in sight when it comes to farmer suicides in Mansa with another such case being reported on Monday. Farmer Surjit Singh (45) of Adamke village in Sardulgarh ended his life by allegedly consuming pesticide.

punjab Updated: Mar 07, 2017 17:32 IST
HT Correspondent
Victim Surjit Singh
Victim Surjit Singh

There seem to be no end in sight when it comes to farmer suicides in Mansa with another such case being reported on Monday. Farmer Surjit Singh (45) of Adamke village in Sardulgarh ended his life by allegedly consuming pesticide.

According to the victim’s son Prem Singh, Surjit had his two daughters married last month after taking monetary help from villagers. “Villagers collected money for the marriage expense of my two sisters. My father was stressed that he could not manage expenses for the marriage and he subsequently ended his life,” Prem claimed.

More than ten cases of suicide by farmers and farm labourers have been reported from the district in the last two months.

On Friday, another farmer, Dalvir Singh (45) of Jhanda Kalan village, committed suicide as he could not pay the loan taken for his daughter's marriage. Last month, a farm labourer, Gurjeet Singh of Bajewala village, had ended his life after he failed to manage the medical expenses of his pregnant daughter.

Another farmer of the same village, Nachattar Singh, had committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his fields, after he failed to pay back a loan of Rs 12 lach.

A TERRIBLE TREND

As per the official records, around 413 cases of farmer suicides were reported from the district before the imposition of model code of conduct in February this year. Out of these, 59 were approved for compensation. 290 cases were rejected and 64 are still pending for the review by the district administration.

BLURB: 413 cases of farmer suicides were reported from the district before the imposition of model code of conduct in February this year