Maharashtra: 947 Farmer Suicides in Marathwada in 2018
Beed district saw the highest number of farmer suicides in the region with 197 deaths, followed by Aurangabad (141) and Osmanabad (140).
A total of 947 farmers reportedly committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region, from January 1 to December 30, 2018. The highest numbers of farmer deaths within the area have occurred in the districts of Beed (197), Aurangabad (141) and Osmanabad (140).
Marathi daily Loksatta reported that the state government is deferring to provide necessary assistance to help resolve farmers’ financial crisis was the reason for them committing suicide. Farmers in Marathwada are reeling under continued drought coupled with lack of crop production and farm-loan burden.
According to the farmer’ suicides’ data published in Loksatta, while 603 families have received compensation from the government, around 80 cases have been declared invalid (for receiving compensation). An enquiry is ongoing in around 243 cases on account of their postmortem investigations still being carried out. In some cases, because of incomplete documents, the dead farmers’ families have been unable to receive any compensatory aid from the government.