16 more farmers commit suicide in a week

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Aurangabad:  Sixteen more debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide last week in the backward Marathwada region, taking the toll in eight districts up to 418 since January this year, a report today said.

 Most of the peasants have committed suicide by various means because of scarcity, debt, land infertility and other reasons.

Until June 21, total 418 suicides have been reported in the region during the week, as compared to 402 in the previous week.

Of total suicides, 124 cases were registered alone in the drought-prone Beed district, while the lowest of 17 suicides were registered in Hingoli, the weekly report released by the Divisional Commissioner’s office stated.

The district-wise suicide cases were: Nanded-80, Osmanabad-68, Aurangabad-52, Latur-32, Parbhani-26 and Jalna-19.

The report further stated that out of total 418 suicides, 249 cases have been found qualified for compensation so far. Of them, in 227 cases, compensation has been provided to the next of kin by the respective district administrations.

Claims of 67 cases have been rejected as per the state government norms, following enquiries made by the respective district administrations, and the remaining 102 cases are still pending for enquiries, the report added.

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