On Monday, a 45-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide after being publicly humiliated by finance company officials. Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief Raju Shetti said his workers have approached the police and demanded strict action against officials of the finance companies, reported Indian Express.
The incident happened on Monday, when two officials from private finance company, humiliated and verbally abused farmer in front of villagers of Khuntephal in Latur district. According to a report in Indian Express, the 45-year-old farmer had taken collective loan of Rs 3 lakh, from two finance companies. The farmer had failed to pay one month’s EMI, that was Rs 1,123, but the two official from the private finance company reached village on Monday and started humiliating the farmer.
After being humiliated in front of the villagers, the farmer on Monday itself paid the amount and in the evening ended his life at his residence. “Farmer loan waivers are not happening. They are being delayed indefinitely. Farmers are not getting fresh loans; crop failures continue to hit them hard and they are being blatantly hassled by lenders. This is because the government is not showing either a sense of urgency or sending out strong messages to those who are out to make life miserable for the depressed farming community,” Raju Shetti told Indian Express.
The Aurangabad divisional commissioner released figures in which he stated that 723 farmers have ended their lives till October 8. Meanwhile, Beed has recorded the highest suicide figure in Marathwada.
“Farmers in the state are facing problems on different fronts as the loan waiver has not come into effect so far. The process is under way and once its implementation starts, farmers will certainly get a huge relief,” Kishore Tiwari, who heads the state government-appointed special task force told Indian Express.