With the spate of suicides of distressed farmers in the district showing no signs of abating even after announcing the crop loan waiver scheme, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy here on Wednesday made an appeal to the farmers to desist from resorting to the extreme step.
Suicide is not a solution to their problems. The State government will always support farmers who have been reeling under crisis owing to scanty rainfall and other issues, he said.
The Chief Minister was visibly saddened as he listened to the grieving parents and relatives of Nandeesh, a farmer who committed suicide after giving poison to his wife and two children at Sunka Thonnuru village near Melkote recently, at the Inspection Bungalow in the town. The Chief Minister said the government has been taking measures to address the woes of farmers including attempting to curb the menace of moneylenders, a senior officer told. The Chief Minister handed over a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh to Nandeesh’s family. The Agriculture Department has already paid a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh.
According to sources at the district administration, the family of Shababtaz, a flower-seller girl from Belagola village near Srirangapatna, also met Mr. Kumaraswamy seeking financial help.
The girl had drawn the attention of Mr. Kumaraswamy on Belagola main road recently. The Chief Minister had stopped his car and spoken to her. According to the sources, her family was promised some social security benefits.