Farm distress has claimed yet another four lives of four debt-ridden farmers who have allegedly committed suicide in Bathinda district in Punjab over the past 24 hours.
Jagraj Singh (50) allegedly committed by consuming a poisonous substance at his agricultural field at Dhingar village on the night of 14 May. He owned two acres of land and had a debt of Rs 3 lakh.
Budh Singh of Maiserkhana village ended his life by allegedly consuming pesticide at his agricultural field on 15 May. He owned two acres of land and had a debt of Rs 6 lakh to the bank.
Similarly, Paramjeet Singh committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house at Sidhana village. He owned a small piece of land and had a debt of Rs 2 lakh.
Another farmer, Amritpal Singh of Dayalpura Mirza village died after allegedly consuming a poisonous substance at his field. He reportedly had a debt of Rs 4 lakh.
According to a study by Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, more than 15,000 farmers or farm labourers have committed suicides during 2000-2015, and about 83 per cent of them had committed suicide due to indebtedness.
On 7 July 2017, Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana KP constituted an all-party Committee of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to study farmers’ suicides and the committee has recently submitted its report to the assembly speaker.