Minister’s statement in Shivraj’s government on farmers’ suicides, ‘Who does not suicide’

Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan government minister Balkrishna Patidar has given a strange statement about farmers’ suicides. Balakrishna said that all those who do suaside and who do, only he knows the reason.

“Who doesn’t commit suicide? A trader or businessman commits suicide, a police commissioner does it too. The whole world is facing the problem. The reason behind committing suicide is only known to the person doing it. We can only assume the reason (Suicide kaun nahi karta? Vyapaari karta hai, Police commissioner bhi karta hai. Yeh poore world ki problem hai. Suicide ka kaaran jo suicide kar rhahai sirf usse pata hai. Hum log sirf andaaza lagaate hain,” ANI quoted Patidat as saying.

Balkrishna Patidar is the MLA from Khargone Assembly constituency and Minister of State for Agriculture in Shivraj Sarkar. He is also the president of Patidar society.

During the recently concluded Budget session of Parliament, Union agriculture minister Purshottam Rupla informed Lok Sabha that Madhya Pradesh ranked third in terms of farmer suicide in the country. There has been a 21% jump in farm suicides since 2013, the report said.

With farm issues set to be one of the main focus points on which the Madhya Pradesh elections would be fought, Chouhan has rolled out a slew of sops for farmers this year. Besides modifying the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana and waiving interest on loans, the government has announced that wheat growers would get Rs 265 over and above the MSP of Rs 1,735 per quintal in the coming season to ensure that the farmers get Rs 2,000 per quintal.