PUNJAB: DEBT PUSHED 65 FARMERS TO SUICIDE SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF FARM ORDINANCES

Data compiled by farmer union on farm suicides in Punjab says that at least 65 agrarians have died by suicide since the Centre implemented three agriculture Acts as ordinances in June, a report in The Tribune said.

According to the report, farmers are blaming the high rate of suicides in the state to mounting debts due to poor return on their farm produce.

The Bhartiya Kisan Union, which compiles data on farmer deaths due to suicide, reportedly said that suicide rates went up after ordinances were implemented in June.

“Though the number of suicides during the period of lockdown was less, just 12-13 per month, as against 40-45 per month before the lockdown, the number has again gone up. The 65 suicides have been recorded between June 24-September 1,” Dharminder Pishor of BKU was quoted by The Tribune as saying.

Inputs: India Today

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