05 December 2017
Bargarh/Jajpur: Despite the political hullabaloo, uproar and adjournment motion in Assembly and the State Government’s claims of redressing the grievances as well as plaguing problems of the farmer community, Odisha unfortunately witnessed two more farmer suicides on Tuesday.
It all seems that there is no let up in such shocking cases in Bargarh district, dubbed to be the rice bowl of Odisha.
As per the latest report, a depressed farmer named Umakanta Sahu (35) of Raisalpadar village under Gaislet block allegedly committed suicide on Monday evening by consuming pesticide. Having discovered, family members rushed him to Luisangha hospital where he succumbed to his treatment.
His bereft family members informed that Umakanta had cultivated paddy in four acres of land, but it got damaged due to drought. As he had borrowed loan from private sources and had also bought fertilizer on credit, crop loss had overburdened him.
Such a piquant situation compelled him to take such a drastic step, his family members alleged.
Following the death, peeved villagers resorted to a road blockade placing the dead body demanding Rs 20 lakh compensation to deceased Umakanta’s family.
Later, local Tehsildar and BDO rushed to the spot of stir and tried to pacify the protestors.
They assured Rs 10,000 from the District Red Cross fund, Rs 2,000 from Harischandra Yojana for the cremation and other government helps after which the road blockade was withdrawn.
In yet another heart-wrenching incident of farmer suicide, a farmer has allegedly committed suicide in Sundarpur village of Bari Block in Jajpur district.
According to the report, the deceased farmer has been identified as Suresh Sahoo.
His family complained that he suffered from heavy crop loss and also feared the rain further predicted. He apprehended that the unseasonal rain once again would yet again damage his crops. His bereft family also complained that Suresh was under the debt burden of Rs 80,000.