Allow Me to Kill Myself: Farmer Gets Rs 490 for 19,000 Kg Potatoes; Send Amount to Modi, Requests Mercy Killing
He said that he had been facing consistent losses for four years, and had sought permission for euthanasia in July.
Dejected at earning only Rs 490 he earned after selling 19 tonnes of potato crop, Pradeep Sharma, a farmer from Nagla Nathu village in Agra’s Baroli Aheer area hassent the paltry amount to Prime Minister Narendra Modi via a money order.
“I have been facing losses year after year (for four years) while growing potatoes. I had to seek permission for euthanasia from the President and the Prime Minister in July, but there was no result,” Sharma told Hindustan Times.
He also alleged corruption in agricultural departments, “The central government has promised to enhance income of farmers by 1.5 times, but corruption in the agriculture department has foiled all the plans for welfare of farmers who are deprived of insurance claims,” reported HT.
He added that he has even met a deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh but there has not been any material relief. “I wrote to all possible levels and met the deputy chief minister four times, but officials of the agriculture department are not prepared to mend their corrupt practices, despite even the district magistrate asking them to change their (style of) working,” he said.
Earlier in December, a Nashik farmer had sent the Rs 1,064 he had earned from selling 750 kgs of onions, to the prime minister as a form of protest.