New Delhi: Taking cognizance of complaints
on farmer suicides and corruption in giving aid to families in
Bundelkhand, the NHRC on Wednesday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh
Government asking it to submit a report within four weeks.
The National Human Rights Commission said the action came
following a media report and a complaint alleging that corrupt
officials in Bundelkhand region were feeding off aid for the
dead farmers whose families are still struggling to get the
compensation under several government schemes.
"The Commission has issued notice to the Chief Secretary,
Government of Uttar Pradesh, calling for a report within four
weeks," an NHRC spokesperson said.
Quoting the complaint and reports, the NHRC said the
government officials are allegedly taking bribes from poor
farmers to grant aid provided by the government.
The reports also said that 80 per cent of the population
in Bundelkhand is dependent on agriculture out of which 76 per
cent farmers are debt-ridden.
"Bundelkhand also got a relief package of Rs 7,000 crore
and yet eight out every 10 farmers cannot repay their loan.
Above all, this is the place where 1,400 farmers have
committed suicide in the last two-and-a half years, but the UP
government has not acknowledged even a single one of them,"
the NHRC said quoting the reports.
The complainant has also drawn attention to the sting
operation done by the media to allegedly catch hold of some
corrupt officials demanding bribe as a share from the monetary
The spokesperson said NHRC had also issued notice to the
UP Government on June 20 on the complaints about farmers`
suicide and redressal of their problems in Bundelkhand and a
report is awaited.