Farmer suicide in Kuchinda, Bhatli and Sohela of Western Odisha

November 14, 2009 at 8:24 am Leave a comment

Following news is from The Dharitri:

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Three farmers allegedly committed suicide after consuming pesticide in western Orissa on Friday.Two died in Jada and Panimora villages of Bargarh district and one in Kudapara village in Sambalpur district. The BJP has demanded compensation for the families of the deceased.

“The state government is responsible for these incidents as it is yet to come to the aid of farmers,” BJP state president Suresh Pujari said. On Saturday, party members staged a dharna’ in front of the Sambalpur sub-collector’s house and handed over a memorandum demanding compensation of Rs 10 lakh for each family.

The Bargarh collector has assured administration’s help to rehabilitate the families. “I had gone to Jada to console the bereaved family. It is too early to comment on the deaths as the medical report is awaited. But we have decided to rehabilitate the family through various government schemes,” collector (Bargarh) Suresh Prasad Padhi said.

“We have sanctioned Rs 10,000 from the Red Cross fund for his last rites and his wife will get widow pension. We will also try to appoint her as helper at the anganwadi centre,” Padhi said.

Sukanta Alias Durlav Bagarti (42), the debt-ridden farmer of Jada village was worried over crop loss and had failed to repay the loan. On Monday, he consumed pesticide and was rushed tp Bargarh district hospital. He was shifted to VSS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday but died on Friday evening. He had taken Rs. 50,000 loan from UBI and some amounts from micro-finance organizations.

In another case, Fakira Bhoi of Kudapada in Sambalpur district consumed pesticide on Wednesday after severe crop loss. He had taken a loan of about Rs three lakh from cooperative bank and SBI, Kuchinda branch, for power-trailer and fodder cutting machine. Fakir was admitted to Kuchinda hospital after his suicide bid and later shifted to VSS Medical Hospital where he died on Friday.

In yet another incident, Baikuntha Nath Bhoi (59), a peon in local post office at Panimora village of Bargarh district committed suicide consuming pesticide on Friday. Police recovered his body and registered a case. Though he was working at a local post office, he also worked on his land. But the district administration in Bargarh is not ready to accept it as a case of farmer’s suicide. “He had a fixed monthly income so why would he commit suicide. It is not believable,” Bargarh collector Suresh Prasad Padhi said.

    Yet another farmer committed suicide by consuming pesticide at Jada village of Bargarh district. Durlabh Bagarti (42) was a well-off farmer and had 12 acres of land in an irrigated patch. He had sold four acres last year. He had cultivated brinjal in eight acres of land he owned near the village. But his crop was completely destroyed in pest attack.

    Bagarti was admitted to the VSS Medical, Burla in an unconscious state on Thursday after he consumed pesticide.He died on Friday. He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter, all minors. Bagarti had taken a loan of nearly Rs 1 lakh from a bank and micro-finance society and had defaulted on repayment.


    Entry filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture and Irrigation, Farmer Suicide.

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