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Drought-like situation forces 830 distressed farmers to take their lives
Maharashtra

Drought-like situation forces 830 distressed farmers to take their lives

Agency News

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Nov 28: There seems to be no end to suicides by distressed farmers in the backward Marathwada region as the drought-like situation emerged this year too.

At least 830 panic-stricken farmers in eight districts of the region have allegedly ended their lives by differnt means since January 1 until last week of November this year, sources in the divisional commissioner's office here said on Wednesday. According to the sources, most of these farmers ended their lives by hanging themselves, consuming poison or jumping into well as they were fed up of mounting debts, soil infertility and damage to standing kharif crops due to scanty rainfall, poor returns to agri products, among other reasons.

The highest of 170 suicides were reported in the drought-prone Beed district and the lowest cases of 55 were registered in Hingoli, revealed the statics. Out of total 830 suicides in the region, 513 were found eligible for compensation and 500 cases were settled as per the government norms while 232 cases had been rejected after verification by the respective district administration and 85 other cases are still pending, sources added. (UNI)