11,400 Farmers Committed Suicide in 2016 says Radha Mohan Singh

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New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh conveyed that around 11,400 farmers committed suicide in 2016. As per the National Crime Records Bureau data, around 11,400 farmers committed suicide in 2016. He conveyed in reply following discussion in the Lok Sabha on the agriculture crisis that, in 2015 the number was 12,602.

Farmer’s suicides could be controlled only by augmenting their income and the administration was taking required steps, counting augment in budgetary distributions to the agriculture sector. Former Congress associate Jyotiraditya Scindia criticized the administration for failing to guarantee remunerative prices to farmers.

Singh further conveyed that the Bharatiya Janata Party had assured Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agricultural make to be 1.5 times the input cost to farmers prior to the 2014 general elections.

We have written to states that they have to choose crops to be brought under insurance scheme. They have to issue tender and set up their own corporations if they do not require giving any advantage to private insurance corporations.

The total premium in 2015-16 was Rs. 3,760 crore whereas Rs. 4,710 crore was given as insurance claims. Replying to allegations of helping private corporations under the attire of crop insurance, minister further added that, we are using space technology to resolve the difficulty.

The Punjab and Gujarat administrations are going to form such companies. In order to rescue farmers from clutches of private money lenders, he added that the administration had to allocated Rs. 10 lakh crore for farm credit this year.

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