Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil has said 639 farmers have committed suicide in just THREE MONTHS this year (March to May).
“Of these 639 farmers, only 188 were declared eligible for compensation as per government schemes, based on the government’s criteria of crop failure, debts and their failure to repay loans,” Patil said.
Opposition members alleged that all schemes of the government, including the loan waiver, compensation to farmers for crop loss, crop loans, and minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural goods, have failed, which led to the rise in the number of farmer suicides.
In the last four years thousands of farmers have killed themselves due to the rampant agrarian crisis — mainly caused by severe drought.
The state of Maharashtra in India has been in a constant state of drought since the year 2012.