(News) Allahabad High Court Seeks Reply From Govt Over Farmers Suicides in Bundelkhand


The Allahabad High Court has asked the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to file affidavits "indicating the extent to which benefits have been distributed" under various schemes to "alleviate the distress of farmers" in the impoverished Bundelkhand region.

Hearing a PIL on farmers' suicide in Bundelkhand, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Dhananjay Yeshwant Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta also asked the State Bank of India and Allahabad Bank to apprise the court of "any waiver, re-structuring or rescheduling of loans" that may have been granted to the farmers.

In the order dated November 27, the court also sought details of "the terms on which such relief has been granted and the extent to which benefits have been allowed to the borrowing farmers".

The court granted four weeks' time to the Centre, the state government and the banks for filing of affidavits and posted the matter for January 6, 2014 for the next hearing.

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Courtesy : Outlook India