New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has sought report from the government of Telangana over the suicide of 76 farmers in the state. The rights body has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of Telangana calling for a report in the matter within two weeks.
NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that 76 farmers committed suicide in Telengana State since its formation. “Reportedly, thousands of farmers are caught in a vicious cycle of debts due to low yields or total crop failure and there was constant pressure from moneylenders and when it does not rain and crops start failing, all they can think of is escaping it by taking their own lives,” said NHRC.
The State Government had announced a scheme of waiver of loan to farmers, but, an order issued by it on the 13th August, 2014 stated that the scheme covers only institutional loans and not loans from non-institutional sources.
“The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the farmers,” read the notice.