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Centre yet to come up with any scheme to prevent farmer suicides, admits Union minister

Kolkata: At a time when the number of farmer suicides across the country has become a major concern for the Central government, a Union minister admitted that the government is yet to come up with a scheme to prevent suicides.

"Farmer suicide is now a major concern. The Centre is trying to implement different schemes for farmers via the state government so that they can get the benefits of the schemes," said Parshottam Rupala, Union minister of state, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has confirmed that according to the National Crime Records Bureau's accidental deaths and suicides in India report released recently, 11,379 farmers have died due to suicide in India in 2016. This translates into 948 suicides every month, or 31 suicides every day.

It might be mentioned that the majority of the deceased farmers were men while women accounted for only 8.6% of the suicide count.

The Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) based in Delhi has found that given an option, majority of the farmers in the country would prefer to take up some other work.

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