ANDHRA PRADESH: Provide Relief to Families of Farmers who Committed Distress Suicides

B Tulasidas

THE Kurnool district committees of CPI(M) and AP Rytu Sangham have organised a  48 hour long fast which ended in a rally with coffins, carrying photos of 38 farmers who committed suicide in the last six months in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. They demanded the state government to provide ex-gratia and other support to the family members of the farmers who had committed suicide due to failure of crops and heavy debt burden.  The 48 hour fast commenced on October 13 and the protest rally to the collectorate was held on 15th.

Kurnool district in the drought stricken Rayalaseema region has been facing deficient rainfall in this Kharif season and hence crops were severely damaged. Continuous drought and failure of crops caused the farmers a heavy debt burden. 38 farmers of the district committed suicide from April to October this year. But the government did not come to the rescue of the kin of the deceased farmers. CPI(M) and Rytu Sangham had appealed the ministers and government officials to provide relief to the suffering families, but the requests went in vain. So, they organised the two-day hunger strike and a rally with coffins.

V Krishnaiah, state secretariat member of CPI(M) lashed out at the government for its inhuman attitude towards the families of the deceased and demanded immediate action in this regard. K Prabhakar Reddy, Party district secretary explained how the district lost about Rs 5,000 crores due to crop loss. AP Rytu Sangham district president Venkateswarlu and secretary Ramakrishna demanded Rs 10 lakhs ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased farmers. Harshad and Hafeez Khan, leaders of Janasena and YSR Congress extended their solidarity to the agitation and demanded the government to take immediate steps.

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