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Indian Govt To Farmers – If You Must Kill Yourself, Get It Right.

In Food/Drink, GM Crops, India on May 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

That in essence is the message to farmers as the government implements creative math solutions to tabulate the number of farmers who commit suicide in India.

“Now we can’t even commit suicide in peace,” laughed one of Agose’s neighbours with graveyard humour. “Not without reading those forms the officials have created to see we get it right.” Another pointed out: “There are some 40 clauses on their inquiry list. All these must apply.” In short, if you must kill yourself, get it right. Make sure you adhere to the pro forma. Then your family is ‘eligible’ for compensation. (Read P. Sainath’s full post at the Hindu)

Meanwhile the National Crime Records Bureau pegs the number at 50,000 farmer suicides from 2006 – 2008. 200,000 farmers have killed themselves since 1997 by ‘official’ stats.



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