Farmer suicides: Bhuria flays MP min for "past sins" remarks

Badwani: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Kantilal Bhuria has criticised the remarks made by Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Ram Krishna Kusumaria that past sins are responsible for increasing farmer suicides in the state.

"Kusumuria's irresponsible statement shows the mentality of the Madhya Pradesh government towards farmers," Bhuria told reporters yesterday at Merkhedi village here.

Instead of making such statements, the state government should honestly work for improvement in education, health and law and order sectors, he said.

Kusumaria had reportedly said that its their past sins and actions-- involving overuse of chemicals that decreased the fertility of land over the years--that are driving farmers to commit suicide.

More than seven farmers have ended their life in less than a month in Madhya Pradesh and most of the cases have been reported from Damoh, which incidentally happens to be Kusumaria's home district.

The Central minister was here to attend the two-day 18th Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Sanskritik Mahasammelan, organised by the Adivasi Ekta Parishad.