Cuttack: Expressing displeasure over the
non-submission of affidavit in response to a PIL over farmers
suicide in the state, the High Court today asked the Orissa
government to file its counter affidavit tomorrow.
The bench of acting Chief Justice I M Quddusi and
Justice Sanju Panda adjourned the hearing of the case till
The Balangir Zilla Krushak Mahasangha had petitioned
the HC seeking a direction for an impartial investigation into
the incidents of farmers suicides in the state.
On being asked by the court, the Mahasangha had
recently submitted a list of marginalised farmers who are
burdened with loans from financial institutions.
Claiming that at least 40 farmers in the state have
committed suicide in the recent past due to acute poverty and
most of the small farmers are in misery even after taking
loans, they had urged the HC to direct banks to stop
realisation of loan dues from farmers and put a check on
rising incidents of farmers suicide.
The court, after taking cognisance of the petition,
had issued notices to the state government, collectors of all
the districts, State Human Rights Commission and CBI to file
affidavits in response to the petition.