The Budelkhand farmers lives under misery and despair that doesn't seem to end at all despite a Rs 7000 crore special package from the Centre. Regular droughts, crop failure, scanty rains, poor irrigation facilities, burden of agricultural and private loans, damage to dignity, and worry about their families" future appear to be immediate causes of the farmers" suicides in Bundelkhand. Hence following such profound crisis, nearly 2945 farmers have committed suicide in last ten years.
Veerpal Rajput, 45-year-old, is now part of that statistic as he was found hanging from a tree in his own fields after failing to pay back Rs 1.5 lakh he had borrowed. The bank had been sending him notices to pay up and the pressure was killing says his son Lakhanlal.
"When there was no way, he committed suicide. There was no money. He had a debt of over 20,000 rupees," said Ram Kumar, uncle of a farmer who committed suicide recently. According to an article published by The Hindustan Times, the government had given Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 800 to the farmers, as amounts of compensation. This reveals government's reluctance to lend their hands to help the poverty and grief-stricken farmers.
13 barren districts of Bundelkhand compelled our 'real annadatas' to take up the daring step of committing suicide due to harsh drought and mounting debt and the government has failed to recover them from such misery and pain. Hence, the death toll rises everyday.