Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 30:
Despite announcement of water cess waiver and rescheduling of loans, crop loss and loan burden has driven two more Odisha farmers to end their lives.
Two such cases have been reported from Kalahandi and Angul districts.
The deceased farmer identified as Baladev Majhi from Gambhariguda village in Koksara block under Dharmagarh in Kalahandi district attempted suicide last night by consuming poison. He was rushed to district headquarters hospital in Bhawanipatna in a critical condition.
After battling for life for hours, the distressed farmer breathed his last this morning despite best efforts by the doctors.
As per reports, Majhi was under stress due to crop loss and loan burden. He took the extreme step last night by consuming pesticide.
The body was handed over to the family members of the deceased after post-mortem was conducted on him.
In another incident, another farmer committed suicide in Angul district.
The deceased farmer–Sahadev Dehury—from Kaitha Sahi under Chhendipada allegedly committed suicide today. He was rushed to Chhendipada hospital in a critical condition. However, he was declared dead on arrival.
The farmer had cultivated paddy in one acre land for which he had availed a loan of Rs 16, 000 from a co-operative bank. The farmer suffered bad crops due to deficient rainfall this kharif season.
It may be recalled that the state government on Wednesday announced to waive water cess on farmers in the drought-hit areas in the state. Besides, it had also recently announced to reschedule agricultural loans by extending the time limit for repaying crop loans.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also directed officials to begin disbursing subsidy on agricultural inputs to farmers in drought-affected areas by November 10. The chief minister also directed officials to stop collecting crop loans provided by cooperative societies in drought-affected areas. The commercial banks have also been requested to take steps accordingly for the benefit of farmers.