Marath­wada records more farmer sui­cides than even Vi­darbha

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Farmer sui­cides in the drought-hit Marath­wada re­gion have seen a sharp rise in the first three months of the year, with fa­tal­i­ties sur­pass­ing those in the neigh­bour­ing Vi­darbha re­gion. Con­trary to the state govern­ment’s claims, there has been no sign of farmer sui­cides re­duc­ing across the state ei­ther.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­part­ment — the nodal body for drought- mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures — 657 farm­ers have killed them­selves in Ma­ha­rash­tra from Jan­uary to March. Dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2015, 645 farm­ers had com­mit­ted sui­cide, while over­all the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties last year was 3,228.

Marath­wada was the worstaf­fected this year with 273 farmer sui­cides as against 214 in the first three months of 2015. Vi­darbha, on the other hand, has re­ported 264 sui­cides from Jan­uary to March as against 333 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. CON­TIN­UED ON P9

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