Drought hit Bundelkhand shaken by two tragic farmer suicides

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PIX : For representation purpose only
PIX : For representation purpose only

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy extending pleasantries with French President Francois Hollande at 67 Republic Day parade on Rajpath in Delhi almost at the same time in Bundelkhand region two debt ridden farmer ended their life by hanging themselves to death. This dimmed the celebrations of Republic Day in the entire region where the people have been suffering worst ever drought conditions.

On the one hand our national leaders were celebrating 67th Republic Day by pledging to preserve and protect our constitutional values. Committing social, economic and political justice; liberty of thoughts, expression, belief, faith and worship and equality of status and opportunity. “On the contrary fed up with the false hope from the government two more farmers committed suicide. It raised the tally of unnatural deaths due to shock and suicide in Bundelkhand to more than 400,” claimed Kisan Union leader SN Singh Parihar.

“Munna Kushwaha, 55, was very tense for the last couple of days as he could not payback Rs. 1.80 loan amount to moneylenders who were behind him for his default. He could not resist pressure anymore and took extreme step by hanging himself,” told Maida Devi, wife of deceased. Because of successive damage to the crops for the last three years- farmers are the worst hit people and even marriages have been broken due to paucity of funds. He left wife and three sons behind him. This tragic suicide case is reported from Bamhouri village under Lehchura police station in Jhansi district of Bundelkhand area.

Recently in Dhamna village under Mauranipur Tehsil 80 houses of farmers were burned and they were waiting for proper compensation from the government as per policy. One of them Suraj Yadav, 30, son of Chandra Bhan today hanged himself due to reasons poverty. He was also under debt of State Bank of India from where he took loan of around Rs. 90,000.00 as informed his wife Goldy. After the death of my husband my world is just ruined. “How could I nurture my six year daughter Anuradha and four year old son Anurag,” weeping Goldy asked every on who gathered at the site after coming to know about this tragedy.

Bundelkhand has been center of political mileage as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took stock of the sufferings of the people of this area and reminded them how UPA government under Manmohan Singh Prime Minister regime waived off their Bank loans to support them. Rahul left no chance to attack Narendra Modi’s policies and said we stared MNREGA as our flagship programme to guarantee employment but BJP government has not released sufficient funds to continue it. It is one of the main reason for displacement of weaker classes from their native places.

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also visited Jalaun district of Bundelkhand where he addressed a public meeting and inaugurated 108 schemes and laid foundation of 38 projects. His uncle and PWD and Irrigation Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav also accompanied him during his day long visit. Chief Minister assured in his speech that his government is improving electricity distribution system in Bundelkhand as one power plant in Lalitpur has been recently added and transformers are being installed to strengthen distribution system.

The budget session of the UP Legislature has been convened from 28 January with Governor’s joint address. In view of unprecedented drought situation where 50 out of 74 districts have been declared drought hit due to minimum rainfall, the coming session would be stormy and just to blunt the attack of opposition parties on the miseries of the people of Bundelkhand perhaps Akhilesh Yadav toured the area just on the eve of Assembly session. Earlier the UP chief secretary, Alok Ranjan made two days tour of Bundelkhand along with team of high level officials to assess the developmental works on the spot and took action against some officers and staff for laxity in implementation of various schemes.