14,591 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in five years: minister

MUMBAI: Up to 14,591 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between October 2014 and August 2019, the state Relief and Rehabilitation Minister said Monday. He also said that 1,286 farmers ended their lives in 2019 in 11 districts included in the Nagpur and income divisions.

The minister gave this information to the state Legislative Council while answering a question posed by the MLC Congress Sharad Ranpise.

From October 2014 to August 2019, up to 14,591 farmers have committed suicide, of which 5,430 cases are disqualified for help, while another 214 cases are pending investigation, Wadettiwar said in a written response.

He also reported that there has been a special package for six districts in Maharashtra where there have been reports of farmer suicides in large numbers.

In response to another question posed by BJP MLC, the minister said: Eleven districts of the Nagpur and Amravati divisions have reported 1,286 farmer suicides during the 2019 calendar year.

The Aghadi government recently announced a loan exemption scheme for farmers.