Tuesday, November 4, 2014
B’NGIR FARMER ENDS LIFE UNDER LOAN PRESSURE Wednesday, 05 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
B’NGIR FARMER ENDS LIFE UNDER LOAN PRESSURE
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even as the State Government has announced hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy and the harvestingSeason is all set to begin, crop loss due to pest attack seems to have forced a loan-burdened farmer to commit suicide in Balangir district.According to reports, Arjun Bhue (40) of Duaanpali in Jhankarpali gram panchyat under Balangir Sadar block allegedly consumed poison on Monday morning. Though he was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital, he died there in the evening.
Arjun, a share cropper, had undertaken paddy cultivation in one and a half acres and brinjal in three and a half acres of land but his crops were damaged due to pest attack. Arjun had taken loan from ADB and DCCB to undertake the cultivation works.
A team of officials have visited Arjun’s agriculture field to verify the crop damage, according to Deputy Director Agriculture (DDA) Manoranjan Malick. When contacted, district Collector M Muthukumr said he would comment on the alleged farmer’s death only after a joint inquiry is conducted by the Sub-Collector, agriculture officials and RI staffs.
Meanwhile, Zilla Krushak Mahasangha president Sudhir Parischha has demanded ex-gratia of Rs5 lakh for the deceased’s family and a Government job for Arjun’s wife. He also demanded Arjun’s loans be waived.