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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over the 12 farmer suicides in 50 days in Bargarh district in the state, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday took suo-motu cognizance to seek a report and action taken by government for the relief and rehabilitation of bereaved families.

The NHRC took the step following a media report on the death of a farmer on December 15 and directed Odisha chief secretary to submit a report within four weeks.

The NHRC has sought a detailed report and action taken by government for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected families.

Also Read: Bargarh farmer suicide: Collector submits report to State Govt

In a statement, the Commission has observed that a number of suicides by farmers and farm labourers are being reported from several parts of the country including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Chhattisgarh.

Such incidents are being taken seriously by the NHRC which has been stressing on proper steps by Centre as well as respective State governments to ensure that the crop loss affected farmers are not forced to resort to any extreme step.

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