Devendra Fadnavis: 'We Cannot Say Farmer Suicides Are On A Rise'

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In a Republic TV exclusive, BJP’s senior leader and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis spoke to the channel about the ‘Agrarian Crisis’.

Written By Yash Sanghvi | Mumbai | Updated On:

In a Republic TV exclusive, BJP’s senior leader and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis spoke to the channel about the ‘Agrarian Crisis’ in the state. The CM of Maharasthra stated, “I will not say there is no agrarian crisis because for the last 20 years, there has been an agrarian crisis  in Maharashtra.”

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'We managed to bring in a lot of sustainability'

CM Fadnavis further talking about the crisis in the state, said that, “Majorly, talking about our farmers, they are largely reliant on rainfed agriculture and they have been affected in both cases of heavy rain and lack of rain.” The Chief Minister said that, "The government’s agenda for the last five years was how can we bring in sustainability and thanks to our schemes like ‘Jalyukt Shivar’, we managed to bring in a lot of sustainability.”

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'We can’t say that suicides are on a rise'

CM Fadnavis further said, “If we focus on this in the next five years, we will be able to fulfil our dream of drought-free Maharashtra.” The Chief Minister further addressing questions about his next plan action as even when the government in 2017 forgave farmers debt to the tune of ₹24,000 crore, the number of farmer suicides has been rising with reports indicating that eight farmers per day commit suicide and these reports indicate that suicides have been on the rise, the Maharashtra CM responded, “We can’t say that suicides are on a rise. But I can compare and tell you there has been a decrease.”

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'I clearly said this is means and not end'

The CM further added, “Whether there is more or less number of suicides, either way, it is not justified. But talking about waiving off debts, when we waived off the debt at that time also, I clearly said this is means and not end. This is not the end solution. Waving off debt has not completely solved the farmer crisis but this is significant because if the farmer stays outside this institutional credit system, the farmer will be more vulnerable.” The CM added, “This is why they were taken back in the institutional credit system. Whenever there is an obstacle at that time with the help of banks and institutions, we can help them.”

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