Lucknow: In yet another unfortunate incident, a farmer in Uttar Pradesh’s drought-hit Sambhal district died following his crop failure.
It is reported that the farmer suffered from a heart-attack and died on the spot as soon as he came to know that all his crops have been damaged.
According to his family members, due to the unavailability of electricity, the crops could not be irrigated and as a result got damaged.
The farmer has left behind five daughters and a son.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to discuss the drought situation in their respective states.
The Centre and the states resolved to work together to mitigate problems faced by the people against the backdrop of a severe water shortage.
During the meeting, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister sought nearly Rs 11,000 crore from the Centre and financial assistance to buy 10,000 tankers to carry water to villages in drought-hit districts of his state.
Over 1,400 farmers have reportedly committed suicide in the last one year. As many as 1,690 cases of farmer suicides were reported in 10 states during 2015.