517 farmers committed suicide in Telangana during 2011-14

HYDERABAD: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinvias Reddy informed the Legislatie Council on Monday that a total of 517 farmers in Telangana committed suicide between 2011 and October 2014.

To a question tabled by Ponguleti Sudhkar Reddy (Congress) whether Telangana government had sent a report on farmers’ suicide to the Centre, the Minister said the government has taken various measures to help the families of the farmers who ended their lives.

Mr. Srinivas Reddy said the government was giving Rs one lakh ex gratia and Rs 50,000 for one-time loan settlement to the deceased farmer’s family. Besides, it was helping in getting their children admitted in Social Welfare schools and hostels and providing them economic support under government schemes.

He said Medak district recorded highest number of farmers’ suicides of 179 followed by Karimnagar (91) and Mahbubnagar (69). All crop loans of farmers outstanding as on March 2014 had been waived up to Rs one lakh per family. As such, 36 lakh farmers were being benefited with a total amount of Rs 17,000 crore.

The government had released Rs 4,250 crores to help the farmers, he said, adding that it was also taking village as a unit in all districts from Kharif 2008 for purposes of coverage under crop insurance. (NSS)

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