Farmers’ Suicide In AP: Five farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh in last 48 hours due to mounting debts and crop losses. Among them four farmers committed the ghastly act as they were unable to repay the agricultural debt, they belong to Prakasam, Palanadu, Nandyala and Kurnool districts. The fifth person committed suicide as he was unable to sort out the land litigation with revenue department and he is from Guntur district.
The leaders of various farmers’ organisations demanded the government to provide a guaranteed minimum support price for their products and protect them from the clutches of indebtedness. The members of various organisations held a protest at the District Collectorate in Ongole on Monday and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must fulfil the promises made to call off the protests in Delhi.
Reacting to the situation that is developing in AP, Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan took to social media and questioned YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddty whether the promise given to farmers during elections is fulfilled.
He said it is the responsibility of the government to protect the farmers who were in debt and suggested that the systems should work to prevent the situation from getting usurped. He said it was extremely sad that there were always incidents of forced deaths of farmers in some part of the state. The JSP chief expressed grief over the farmers suicide in many districts like Prakasam, Palanadu, Nandyal and Kurnool districts.
Pawan Kalyan expressed profound sympathy to the families of the affected farmers and demanded immediate compensation from the government to the families of these farmers who were mainly dependent on subsistence farming. He urged the three member committee to respond immediately as per the law brought by the government and opined that the systems were failing to perform their duties to prevent the farmer from committing suicide.
“The government is failing to make timely payment of money for the crops purchased from farmers and farmers were facing many difficulties as they could not afford to invest in the next crop,” Pawan Kalyan said adding that the farmers are moving around money lenders as they could not get loans from banks. He said that the JSP is already taking steps to support the families of tenant farmers. “It will fight for Rs 7 lakh compensation for each of the tenant farmer suicide incidents that have taken place in the state for the past three years,” he added.