BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has sought a report from the State Government on farmers’ suicide in Kalahandi district.
Acting on a petition filed by coordinator of Bhubaneswar-based Lohia Academy Trust Ajay Kumar Jena and and trustee Debaprasad Mohapatra, the human rights panel has asked the Principal Secretary of Agriculture Department, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) and district Collector to conduct an inquiry and send their respective reports within six weeks.
The petitioners alleged that due to failure of paddy and cotton crops during the kharif and rabi seasons in Kalahandi district, the number of farmer suicides has gone up to six including the latest incident in which one Purna Chandra Bhoi of Golamunda block ended his life by consuming pesticides.
The deceased farmer is said to have taken the extreme step as he was unable to bear crop loss and repay loan amount of `60,000 along with interest, the petitioners said and claimed that more farmers are committing suicides in different parts of the State for similar reasons but unfortunately, the State government has been refuting such incidents.
Besides appealing for award of compensation of `5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased farmer, the petitioners demanded compensation for other farmers who committed suicide due to crop loss in the tribal-dominated district. The loans incurred by farmers should also be repaid by the Government, they demanded.
The Commission has fixed the next date of hearing on July 25.
Due to failure of paddy and cotton crops in Kalahandi district, the number of farmer suicides has gone up to six
Petitioners seek compensation for farmers who committed suicide due to crop loss