Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Apr 11 UNI | 3 months ago

Frustrated over their inability to repay loans after their standing rabbi crops and horticulture were destroyed in recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm, 79 debt-ridden farmers, including women, have committed suicide through different means in the Marathwada region of the state.

Following reported destruction of at least 8 lakh hectares of standing crops due to the hailstorm, 79 suicides by panic stricken farmers, including women, have been registered with concerned officials at different places in the eight districts of the region, sources in the divisional commissioner's office here today said.

According to statistical data, the Beed district has the highest number of suicides registered at 16, followed by 14 each in Nanded and Osmanabad, 11 in Hingoli, 9 in Latur, 8 in Aurangabad, 5 in Parbhani and 2 in Jalna.

Of the 79 cases, inquiry into 48 cases had been completed by the administration, while 31 are yet to be completed.

Meanwhile, even after the Election Commission's nod and subsequent announcement of relief package for the affected farmers by the state government, the concerned farmers are yet to recieve the package amount in their respective bank accounts in Aurangabad, rued the affected farmers.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)