Reports on death of 41 farmers under study: SRC

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday said it is reviewing the reports of the district collectors on the alleged suicide of 41 farmers.

“We are studying the reports in detail. I think it would not be proper to go for a detailed analysis on each case to find out the causes and circumstances. All the departments are now working for improvement and development in the agriculture sector with proper coordination. We are also taking necessary steps to further move ahead in this direction”, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) GVV Sharma told reporters here.

Stating that the SRC has the reports on the death of 41 farmers, Sharma said the government has decided to act tough against the moneylenders.

“The state government has taken steps against the moneylenders, who are doing business without registration, under the Prevention of Money laundering Act,” the SRC informed.

Referring to the drought situation in the state, he said the district collectors, as per the Odisha Relief Code, have submitted eye estimate report on the crop condition in their respective district this year.

“As per the eye estimate report, more than 33 percent of crops in 139 blocks of 21 districts have been damaged due to scanty rainfall this year,” he added.

He further said as per the Odisha Relief Code, a detailed crop-cutting experiment is made after the eye estimate report.

“After the crop cutting experiment is completed, a survey will be made to find out the farmers who have sustained over 33 percent crop loss who will be provided with agricultural inputs, subsidy under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) scheme”, Sharma pointed out.