Farmer Suicides Rose By 40 Percent During Modi Govt’s Reign
Between 2014 and 2015 – after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government took over – the farmer suicide rate rose by 40 percent, reports The Indian Express, citing government sources.
While drought-hit Maharashtra retains the highest number of suicides, the number went from 2,568 in 2014 to 3,030 in 2015. Maharashtra was followed by Telangana with the number rising form 898 in 2014 to over 1,350 in 2015.
While the number of suicides can be attributed to the severe drought conditions in the central states for the past two years, the recent rainfall is expected to ease the strain.
States like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and some Northeastern states, did not witness any farmer suicides.
The country witnessed two straight years of severe drought in 2014 and 2015 due to deficient rain. As 2016 has received normal rainfall, the situation is expected to improve.
Source: The Indian Express
(The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit the Subscribe button.)