• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Pesticide deaths: Maharashtra govt suspends district agriculture officer

By Chennabasaveshwar

Maharashtra government has suspended District Agriculture Development Officer in the wake of the death of farmers and injuries to several others after inhaling poisonous pesticide in Yavatmal district.

Pesticide deaths:Maharashtra govt suspends district agriculture officer (Representative image)

District Agriculture Development Officer, Dattatreya Kalsai, was suspended by the government which come under pressure from NHRC.

The NHRC had issued notices to the Centre as well as the Maharashtra government, seeking their reply over death of farmers.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued the notices to chief secretary of Maharashtra and secretary of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

According to farm activists, the pesticide exposure in Yavatmal district has so far claimed at least 19 lives, although the government is yet to specify the number of deceased farmers.

Meanwhile, farmer deaths due to pesticides has risen to 34. Twenty case reported from Yavatmal, seven in Nagpur, six in Akola and one in Amravati.

(With agency inputs)

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more