639 farmers ended life in March-May
About 639 farmers have committed suicide in Maharashtra between March and May on account of crop failure and mounting debts, revealed public works minister Chandrakant Patil on Friday.
Patil was replying to a starred query by leader of the opposition in council Dhananjay Munde, Sunil Tatkare, Amarsinh Pandit, Kiran Pawaskar and Rahul Narwekar.
Patil said that about 188 of them were declared eligible to get compensation. The compensation was disbursed in 174 cases. About 122 applications for compensation were rejected as they did not meet the normsInquiries were pending in around 329 cases. The members had sought to know on number of farmers deaths in the state and compensation amount awarded to their kin.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday that strict action would be taken against a moneylender from Amravati district for forcibly seizing a farmer’s plot.