India is primarily an agricultural country. More than 75% of the population depends on agriculture. Farmers are the backbone of the nation. Without them, we cannot survive.
They sweat it out day in day out without rest. They are highly involved in tilling the soil, sowing the seeds, watering the fields, reaping and harvesting the crop and then they sell it to the market.
The sad reality is that they are less unfortunate people who giving absolutely everything to the nation They dedicate their whole life for us but they themselves live a poor life. Needless to say, they can also be called as the ‘God of the soil’. On the dark side, farmers commit suicides when they feel helpless under mountain pressure of debt.
A report in 2017 and 2018 says, more than 10 farmers committed suicides daily.
Recently, a farmer ended his life by committing suicide in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh. Akadu Uike who is a resident of Meghasiwni village was found hanging from a shed in his field on Thursday morning. The heartbroken wife said he borrowed Rs 9,000 from a local moneylender for their daughter’s marriage and was unable to repay the loan amount.
The family suffered crop failure for the past four years and he had been distressed over the matter for weeks, Akadu Uike’s wife Sakalbati told.
“I was okay with the loan. We have a son, he is smart, studies well. I thought the loan will be repaid eventually. The money lender had not also asked me to pay anything yet,” she added.
Since coming to power last year, Congress government chaired by Kamal Nath in MP promised to waiver farmer loans. Case in point, unpaid farmer loans had been one of the main promises of the party.
When asked about receiving any form of help or assistance from the government, Sakalbati said, “We don’t know how to go about it. We have never gone anywhere.”
The matter is now under investigation. Chhindwara goes to polls on April 29 in the fourth phase of the general elections 2019.