Chandigarh: Unable to repay bank loans and to highlight their miserable plight, a group of farmers from Haryana have sought permission from the Prime Minister to allow them to sell their vital organs.
The farmers` group who held a rally at Kurukshetra on Monday under the aegis of Bharat Kisan Union (Tikait), held placards displaying a rate list of their organs.
Later, 33 farmers handed over a letter to the Kurukshetra Tehsildar to be forwarded to the Prime Minister, BKU`s state unit chief Gurnam Singh said over phone today.
"We are left with no other option, but to sell our vital organs. Over 20,000 farmers have ended their lives across the country due to debt burden. At least, selling our organs would enable us to repay the debt and live for a few years more and feed our families," he said.
Singh claimed that agriculture these days has become an unprofitable occupation.
"For crops like wheat and paddy, our input cost works out to nearly Rs 1613 and Rs 1757 while as the support price we get is Rs 1350 and Rs 1310.
"Most of the farmers are burdened with debt and the banks are constantly putting pressure on us. Even bank officials put up posters of defaulters in the villages," he said.
"We cannot sell our land as it is like our mother and has been feeding us for centuries. We have decided to sale our organs. It is better than committing suicide, that is why we are seeking permission from the Prime Minister," he added.