Farm­ers’ Plight

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The state ma­chin­ery de­vel­ops cold feet when it comes to ad­dress­ing the prob­lems of marginalised sec­tions of so­ci­ety (“Rahul’s Lost Wi­d­ows”, Novem­ber 7). Red tapism is ram­pant at all the lev­els and adds to the mis­ery of our farm­ers. In these cir­cum­stances, the gulf be­tween a shin­ing ‘In­dia’ and a back­ward ‘Bharat’ will only deepen. ASHAY ANAND, New Delhi It’s painful to learn about the farmer sui­cides in Vi­darbha. The more for­tu­nate amongst us should ex­tend a help­ing hand, but only af­ter mak­ing sure that the do­na­tions reach the de­serv­ing. RAJNISH AGAR­WAL, Jey­pore In a coun­try which boasts of a spank­ing new F1 track which cost an as­tro­nom­i­cal amount, farmer sui­cides are both shame­ful and shock­ing. SARITA BERY, Ban­ga­lore In­dia’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor is in to­tal dis­ar­ray due to er­ratic weather, re­peated crop fail­ures and un­eco­nom­i­cal re­turns. This leads to the in­evitable debt trap—the in­abil­ity of the farmer to pay even the in­ter­est com­po­nent of a loan. Be­sides, the gal­lop­ing prices of fer­tilis­ers, which have dou­bled in the past six months, have added to farm­ers’ woes. K.V. RAGHU­RAM, Wayanad Rahul Gandhi may have helped train the spot­light on farm­ers’ woes in Vi­darbha. But with no tan­gi­ble move­ment on the ground since his vis­its, it is time the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments jointly

come for­ward with poli­cies and funds to res­cue the poor farm­ers from the clutches of money­len­ders. RAMESH SINHA, Gur­gaon

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