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A dozen farmers have ended life in Punjab since loan waiver announcement on June 19’

Even after Maharashtra government has announced loan waiver for farmers, around 42 farmers have ended their lives in the last two weeks from June 19- June 27.

Farmers who committed suicides has debt ranging from Rs.3 to 15 lakhs from both institutional and non institutional creditors.

Buta Singh (44) of Joga village who committed suicide by consuming pesticide in his field.

He has two acres of land cultivating cotton and paddy on it.

He had debt of Rs.8.50 lakhs .He is survived by his wife (40) , 9yr old son and 14 yr old daughter.The family’s only source of income is farming.

His wife said farm debt waiver of Rs.2 lakh announced by Punjab government was not even 25 percent of their total debt.

Indrajit Singh (55) from Gurdaspur district consumed poison on June 21 and died. He owned just one acre land and had a debt of Rs.5 lakh .

Bhola Singh from Barnala district committed suicide by jumping before a train on June 24 . He had 2 acres of land and also land in lease rental.He has a debt of Rs.15 lakhs .

Bhartiya Kisan Union general secretary said their district unit president had been collecting all details in farmer suicides in Punjab.

BKU General secretary Kagmohan Singh said only 25 percent of farmers would benefit from the loan waiver .

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