Sushma demands new policy to stop farmer suicides

Khandwa (MP): Expressing concern over the growing incidents of suicides by farmers due to crop failure in the country, including Madhya Pradesh, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday demanded a new central policy on the issue.

"In the present polices, there is no provision to provide relief to the frost-hit farmers and therefore there is a need to frame a new policy on the issue," Swaraj told reporters after inaugurating the Antyodaya Mela at neighbouring Burhanpur district.

She paid visit to the kin of a farmer, who had recently committed suicide in Tehsil office allegedly due to mounting debt and threats from the banking institutions on the recovery of the loan, in Dhamangaon village.

Meanwhile, a farmer from Bailwadi village under Harsud tehsil today committed suicide by consuming pesticide allegedly due to mounting debts.

The farmer identified as Balram Lovanshi consumed the pesticide in his agriculture field following which he was rushed to the district hospital where he died while undergoing the treatment, the police said.

His son, Radheshyam claimed that his father has five acres of land and took a loan for purchasing seeds and fertilisers from some private lenders, but due to the crop failure he got upset and took the extreme step.

Khandwa Collector DD Agrawal said that a probe has been ordered on the issue which will be conducted by Harsud Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and only after getting the enquiry report anything specific on the issue can be said.