639 farm­ers ended life in March-May

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

—Vaib­hav Gan­japure

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