217 Maharashtra farmers committed suicide in June, will the loan waiver help?
79 farmers in Marathwada and 87 in Vidarbha ended their lives in Junemumbai Updated: Jul 20, 2017 10:40 IST
At least 217 farmers have ended their in the month following chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ farm loan waiver announcement on June 2 this year.
This numbers for the month of June equal the average monthly figures in the past six months.
According to figures of the suicides collated by the relief and rehabilitation department, 79 farmers in Marathwada and 87 in Vidarbha ended their lives in June. A month earlier, 89 and 90 farmers had committed suicides respectively in these two regions, which are worst-affected by the agrarian crisis.
The number of suicides has now shot up to 1,327 this year. The number has, however, dropped when compared to the same time period last year. In June 2016, the total number of cases had reached 1,541 in the first six months.
Experts said this was expected and the loan wavier is not the solution. “87% of the suicides take place in the families that are completely dependent on farming. A waiver cannot prove to be a respite to avert them from committing suicides because they are going to be indebted again. The government should first amend laws related to the farmers if they want marginal farmers to survive. I don’t think the suicides will stop even after the actual disbursement of the waiver amount,” said farm activist Amar Habib.