Diwali fails to bring hope for debt-ridden Amravati farmers

November 14th, 2007 - 10:22 am ICT by admin  

Farmers in Amaravati, caught in a debt trap, find it difficult to earn even their daily bread and butter. Festivities are a distant dream for them.

Dozens of farmers have committed suicide owing to the crushing debt burden.

In one such pitiable case, just three days before Diwali, Bapurao Mankar, a farmer in Kolhed village in Akola District, committed suicide.

Mankar is survived by his bed-ridden wife and has a debt of Rs. 15,000.

“My father was indebted to the tune of Rs 15,000. For the last two to three years, the yield has also not been sufficient, adding to our family’s woes,” said Vandana Gavande, Mankar’s daughter.

While there are countless stories and most families have similar tales to narrate, nobody seems to have reached to the root of the problem.

“We are not destined to celebrate any festival. There is no money to buy cereals, from where should I get money to buy candles and lamps?,” asked a relative of Mankar.

“Everyday, some farmer is ending his life. The debt burden is crushing and it is just impossible to survive,” he lamented.

The spate of suicides in Maharashtra has not abated, despite the publicised efforts by New Delhi to ease the farmers’ financial burden.

A package announced by the government to ameliorate farmers’ condition failed to make an impact, say experts, and farmers in Maharashtra’s worst-hit Vidharba region are killing themselves at the rate of three every day. (ANI)

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