Mumbai, October 16: After more than 600 farmers committed suicides in the state of Maharashtra and the fields lying vacant with no crops, the state government declared 14,708 villages as drought affected. As per the reports by ANI, the state governments has also decided to wave off the fees of school and college students residing in those villages. The situation in Martahwada region, comprising of eight districts, has suffered the most.
With the situation becoming grim day by day and the deficient rain adding more woes, the state government had announced relax one-third of the electricity bill , i.e, 33.5 per cent, on the agricultural pumps in the villages. Also, the news might give some sight of relief with the government declaring to open special centres in order to purchase the agricultural products which include — wheat, sugarcane, maize and soyabeen. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi’s one year in power saw 1,306 farmer suicides in Maharashtra)
As per the Met department, in the monsoon season of this current season the state received only 75 per cent of the rains, which is quite low in comparison to the average annual rainfall. It also stated that out of 189 tehsils (blocks), only 75 per cent received rainfall. Facing criticism from all around, including ally Shiv Sena, for not doing much in order to help the ailing farmers, the government had said that it will provide water tanker for irrigation purposes, wherever required.
An per the official release, Beed district in Marathwada reported 105 suicides of framers in the single month of August this year. Till now, 177 farmers have committed suicides in the district, while Osmanabad has recorded 98 cases and Latur has reported 61. The district of Parbhani has reported 41 cases so far this year. The Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (NNSSM) Chairman Kishore Tiwari claimed that 628 farmer suicides have been reported so far this year in Marathwada region, while the Revenue Department claims that 574 cases recorded in Marathwada. Out of Marathwada’s eight districts, four Beed, Latur, Osmanabad and Parbhani are the worst affected this year. (ALSO READ: Agriculture Minister thinks love affairs, impotency leads to farmer suicides; Twitterati react furiously)