Bundelkhand More than 500 debt ridden farmers
suicides in 5 months
More than 500 debt ridden farmers have committed
suicide in the last 5 months Bundelkhand despite a Rs 7000 crore special package
from the Centre.
The story has now become a part of
Bundelkhand's folklore with eight years of drought, starvation and debt, due to
which there have been 2945 farmer suicides in the last 10 years and 519 farmer
suicides in the last five months alone.
Veerpal Rajput, 45-year-old, is now
part of that statistic as he was found hanging from a tree in his own fields
after failing to pay back Rs 1.5 lakh he had borrowed. The bank had been sending
him notices to pay up and the pressure was killing says his son Lakhanlal.
It is a story that repeats itself
across the 13 arid districts of Bundelkhand everyday as desperate poor farmers
are driven to suicide because of a harsh drought and mounting debt. The story
has constantly been underplayed by the Uttar Pradesh government because it's
just too embarrassing to acknowledge.