Drop in cases of suicide by farmers: Govt

The number of suicide by farmers has gone down in the country, the government stated in the Lok Sabha Friday.

New Delhi: The number of suicide by farmers has gone down in the country, the government stated in the Lok Sabha Friday.

Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that due to several measures taken by the government the cases had fallen.

"As far as farmer suicides are concerned, there has been a fall in the numbers in Andhra Pradesh, also in Karnataka and Maharashtra. In Uttar Pradesh it was nil last year," Meena said.

Samajwadi Party member Shailendra Kumar had alleged that the number of suicide by farmers is going up in the country and the government should provide credit to farmers at low interest rates of one to two per cent.

Meena said RBI and NABARD have been provided incentives to provide loans to farmers at low interest rates.

The minister said national banks provide loans to farmers at 7 per cent interest.

PTI

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