Mumbai, Sept 7: “Nothing can be more shameful than playing politics on the recent farmers’ suicides in country,” says an activist Madhuresh Kumar on the ongoing debate over farmers committing suicides in the country. Till August 2015, 628 farmers had committed suicides in Marathwada alone, says a report. Not far lagging behind is the state of Karnataka, where in a span of two months only more than 150 farmers had committed suicides. (Read Also: NGO seeks implementation of SC directions on farmer suicides)
Recently, a woman farmer in Ambi Village of Osmanabad district of Maharashtra — Manisha Gatkal, 40 — immolated herself by pouring kerosene. Reason — she could not manage to feed her five children. The incident took place on the day when the nation was celebrating Raksha Bandhan.
Her husband Laxman Gatkal said, “We are really very poor. The harvest failed because of the drought. There was no food. I had no work… When I got some work I went out. She locked the door and killed herself.”
While the cases are increasing every day, the blame games between political parties do not seem to end. Blaming the Congress for its failed schemes, Sanju Verma of BJP said, “Before us, they were in power for more than 10 years. It is due to their irresponsible schemes that our farmers are committing suicides.” (Read Also: Mahrashtra farmer suicides: Yavatmal collector summoned)
Commenting back to the allegation, Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “We are not running away from our responsibilities, but let me assure you that we also don’t make tall promises like BJP who say more but deliver less.”
Allegation on ruling TRS in Telangana for not taking enough measures to tackle the condition, questions were raised by the opposition. Replying back on the issue, MP from Nizamabad district in Telangana, K Kavitha said, “It is not correct to blame us. Telangana is a newly formed state and this situation is prevalent since united Andhra Pradesh.” (Read Also: Andhra Pradesh saw 37 farmer suicides because of debts since last July)
Adding on she said, “We are aware of the situation and the state government has allotted Rs 2,000 crore to reach out to the ailing farmers. The MeT department has already predicted scarcity of rainfall this year and we are preparing for it.” However, the TRS in Telangana and BJP in Maharashtra are facing ire of farmers for making foreign visits in chartered flights but not doing enough to solve farmers’ plight.
Recently, Bollywood actor Nana Patekar had visited Latur district and met with wives of farmers who committed suicides. He also paid them Rs 15,000. Expressing his views on the suicides, Patekar said, “It hasn’t rained so one can’t blame the government. But BJP, Congress and NCP have to join hands for the sake of farmers.” Fearing a farmer revolution, he added that if the situation is not taken seriously then there could be a farmers’ revolution. He said, “If farmers can kill themselves, they could kill others too and if this thought of a ‘revolution’ persists, farmers could become Naxals.” (Also Read: Nana Patekar gives aid to kin of farmers who committed suicide)
With each party blaming another for not taking proper measures and actions on schemes delayed, the situation could even become worse and the country could see more farmers’ suicides in times to come.