Farmers committed suicide due to personal reasons: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 (IANS) Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy on Wednesday said farmers in the state committed suicide due to personal reasons and no farmer took the extreme step because of crop loss or loan burden.

“The district collectors and SPs have conducted inquiries into the allegations of farmers’ suicides in the state. According to the reports, the farmers have committed suicide due to personal, family, health and other reasons while no farmer committed suicide due to farm-related problems,” Maharathy told the assembly.

Replying to a question by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Prafulla Samal, he said there was no proposal with the government for inquiry by an expert committee into the farmers’ deaths.

The state government has received report of death of 122 farmers so far from different sources, he added.

The minister said the government has allocated Rs.113.20 crore from Natural Disaster Relief Fund to 25 districts while the government has already disbursed Rs.44.57 crore to 1.12 lakh farmers to mitigate the drought situation in the state.

In order to overcome the situation, he said the state government has already announced Rs.1,000 crore package while it has sought assistance from the central government.

It is to be noted that the state government has sought a central assistance of Rs.2,199 crore to deal with the drought situation in the state.

Recently, the government submitted an additional memorandum seeking an assistance of Rs.512 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund while earlier, it had sought an assistance of Rs.1,687 crore through an interim memorandum.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here