High rates of farmer suicide in KCR's home district
news Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 05:30
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's home district of Medak does not seem to be doing too well after 89 farmers have reportedly committed suicide in the district since June 2014. However, only 33 farmers have recieved comepensation. The Hyderabad high court on April 20 asked the government to announce a suitable package for the farmers to curb the number of suicides. On April 10, the court had told the government to conduct a fresh inquiry into the suicides of farmers in Medak district since 1998 and adequately compensate the families. According to a report in the Times of India, the families of the victims complained that neither the chief minister nor irrigation minister Harish Rao has paid them a visit so far. Villages like Alirajpet, Angadikistapur, Nabinagar and Chebarthi where suicides have been reported, are located close to KCR's farm house at Erravelli village. The government gives the families of deceased farmers an ex gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh ex gratia. However, a lot of these farmers are heavily under debt which is what leads them to take the extreme step and the entire ex gratia amount goes in the repayement of loans with nothing left for the farmers family.