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Madhya Pradesh Govt Finally Accepts Farmers Committing Suicides Due to Debts

Madhya Pradesh Home minister Bhupendra Singh said that debt was one of the reasons behind farmer deaths. “Money lending issues are under probe,” he said.

Vivek Trivedi | News18.com

Updated:July 19, 2017, 1:52 PM IST
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Madhya Pradesh Govt Finally Accepts Farmers Committing Suicides Due to Debts
File photo of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Bhopal: After being in denial for a long time, the Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday accepted that farmers were committing suicides due to increasing debts.

Home minister Bhupendra Singh said that debt was one of the reasons behind farmer deaths. “Money lending issues are under probe,” he said.

Commenting on the farmer unrest in the state, Singh claimed that till date 329 cases have been registered and 500 people have been arrested. He conceded that farmers have failed to get desired profits and this has plunged several of them into debt.

Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen also affirmed that no land belonging to debt-ridden farmers would be confiscated by banks for recovery of loans.

The Madhya Pradesh government had remained firm on its stand that farmers were extended all possible amenities in the state despite massive agitation from June 1 to 10. The unrest had took an ugly turn when five farmers died in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6.

Close to 50 farmers have ended lives across Madhya Pradesh since the stir ended on June 10 and in most of the cases, the deceased were under pressure of debts.

Earlier, during the Zero Hour in the Assembly, Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh presented an adjournment motion for discussions on farmers’ issue. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assigned his nod and Speaker Sitasaran Sharma accepted the motion terming the it a serious matter.

Before the proceedings started in the Assembly, four BSP legislators wearing banners with pro-farmer slogans created ruckus while raising slogans against the state government.

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