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Out of 12 crore farmers, 5.34 crore farmers have already been covered under various welfare schemes, including the Fasal Bima Yojana, according to the government. Photo: PTI
Out of 12 crore farmers, 5.34 crore farmers have already been covered under various welfare schemes, including the Fasal Bima Yojana, according to the government. Photo: PTI

Issue of farmers’ suicides can’t be dealt with overnight, says SC

The Narendra Modi govt has requested the SC to give it a year to show effective results of its pro-farmer schemes like Fasal Bima Yojana

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday noted that an issue as serious as rise in farmer suicides could not be dealt with overnight, and granted the Centre six months’ time to assess the effectiveness of various schemes and initiatives put in place.

Chief Justice J.S. Khehar lauded the Centre’s efforts taken in this regard till now and said, “Consensus is that you are on the right track, whatever is required to be done is being done but on paper. We want to go beyond that."

The court also asked the Centre to consider the suggestions forwarded by advocate Colin Gonsalves and his team, representing the petitioner NGO while monitoring the implementation process.

The court was hearing a plea, by NGO, Citizens Resource and Action and Initiative (CRANTI), on the plight of farmers in Gujarat and rise in suicides.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, listed to the court the various measures undertaken by the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to curb farmer suicides and sought that for their effective implementation, they be given a year’s time.

Explaining the Centre’s progress, he said that out of 120 million farmers, 53.4 million were covered under various pro-farmer schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. He said this amounts to 40% coverage and the Centre aimed at tapping 50% coverage by 2018-19.

He added that about 30% of total farm land has been secured through the Centre’s crop insurance schemes.

Gonsalves, appearing for the NGO, agreed o the Centre’s cooperation on the issue but complained of deficiency in full implementation of the objectives of various schemes at the ground level.

The case will be taken up by the court after six months.

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