Govt indifferent to farmers' suicides, rue BJP MPs

New Delhi: The government is turning a blind eye towards suicides by debt-ridden farmers when the problem has assumed serious proportions with 2.57 lakh suicides since 1995, BJP members said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Prabhat Jha (BJP) said situation has become so alarming that every second farmer family is in debt.

"Situation is so grim that farmers are selling their kidneys, their children. It is high time government paid attention to the problem, to which it has turned a blind eye," he said.

In the last one month alone, 160 farmers committed suicide and in Vidharba region alone 19 farmers took the extreme step in the last one week alone, he said.

Several of his party colleagues joined him in expressing concern over the state of farmers' community.

Raising another issue, Jharna Das Baidya (CPI-M) demanded a probe into firing by police in West Bengal's South 24-Paragana district on December 1 after a tiff between villagers and the West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) over alleged theft of power. Two women were killed and eight injured in the incident, she said.

Moinul Hassan (CPI-M) demanded a safe environment for social activists, drawing the attention of the House towards killing of a church worker Walsa John in Jharkhand on November 15. He also referred to killing of Shehla Masood, an RTI activist in Madhya Pradesh.

Hassan was supported by senior BJP leader S S Ahluwalia.