The leaders have convicted the govt’s indifferent attitude towards the families of farmers. The protest was staged under the wings of the district wings of Human Rights Forum (HRF) and Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights (OPDR).
Advised the farmers not to commit suicide, but to fight for their rights by HRF state president S Jeevan Kumar, general secretary Badavath Raju, the OPDR state president M V Krishnaiah andgeneral secretary Beeram Ramulu
“As per the stats handy with District Crime Records Bureau, 3018 farmers have ended their lives between 1998 and 2013. In the current year alone, about 140 farmers trapped in debts have committed suicide,” they added that the state government was trying to soften the issue of farmer suicides.
The state government has identified only 15 cases are eligible to receive monetary support as per the GO 421 in the current year. Out of 3018, 752 families of farmers were given financial assistance. “Despite several representations, the district administration did not focus on identifying the genuine cases of farmer suicides”.
They sought to know how could a government that fails to support the families of farmers who have committed suicide could achieve ‘Golden Telangana’. Atleast now, the TRS govt should come up for extending financial assistance to all the affected families.
The Jayati Ghosh Commission a decade ago on farmers’ welfare, but all such urging ignored by sequent govts.
GO 421 was implemented effectively by ensuring that the three-member committee constituted at divisional-level visits affected families whenever a farmer ends life, the leaders said.