Mumbai, Mar 23 (UNI) Admitting that despite giving the Rs 1,075 crore financial package to the farmers of Vidarbha, a spate of suicides could not be controlled, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane today said an expert committee comprising members of both the Houses and other experts, would be formed to work out a formula to bring down the farmers' suicides.
Replying to the discussion on the farmers' suicides initiated by Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena), Mr Rane also said that the government was working on a plan, under which the farmers through cooperative banks will get loans at the rate of six per cent. The farmers could avail this loan facility from the next kharif season.
He said there were incidents of suicides by farmers due to heavy debts earlier also, but this time the number has increased.
It may be recalled that as many as 1,042 farmers had committed suicide in Maharashtra due to heavy debts, while the opposition members alleged that the figure has reached to 1,200.
Mr Rane stressed on incrasing per acre and per capita income of the farmers and also to enhance the irrigation capacity.
He also said that the government was going to table a bill in this session to initiate a strict action against the sale of bogus seeds.
The government was considering to make this offence a non-bailable one, he added.
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