NHRC notices to Centre, Maharashtra over suicide of 639 farmers

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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Centre and the government of Maharashtra over the suicide of 639 farmers.

The apex rights body has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that the government of Maharashtra in the State Assembly has informed that 639 farmers committed suicide in the state between March and May, 2018 due to crop failure, debt and inability to repay bank loans.

The commission has issued notices to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture and the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra calling for the detailed reports in the matter, specifically mentioning the status of implementation of the schemes for the farmers and relief to the aggrieved families. The response is expected within four weeks.

The Union Government is expected to inform the commission, if they have any specific plan or mechanism in their mind to effectively address the situation.

The Commission has observed that it is not for the first time that such news has come to its notice. It has been receiving complaints regarding the deaths of farmers across the country, including the State of Maharashtra. It has also taken suo-motu cognizance of such matters.

Committing suicide by the farmers in such a large number is a serious matter as it involves the right to life of the victims. Their families also come under tremendous pressure due to the sudden demise of an earning member.

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