New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has sparked off a row by saying that farmer suicides are not linked to failed crops but personal reasons.
"Nobody is committing suicide because of crop damage. Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are committing suicide because of personal problems," he said.
The agrarian crisis due to unseasonal rainfall is deepening and over 100 farmers had committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh. Rain and hailstorm in March caused massive damage to rabi crops, including wheat, in Haryana.
Expressing concern over farmers committing suicides, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had assured all support to them in the present situation of crop damages due to recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm.
"We understand your pain. There are ups and down in life. There are good and bad days. Face the situation boldly. Don't get thoughts of suicide in your mind. Our government is with you. We will support you in this situation," Gadkari said.