Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have witnessed the highest number of farmer suicides, due to the extreme drought conditions prevailing there. Anothers farmer’s name is added to this list now.
Simhadri Venkateshwar Rao, 49, a tobacco farmer, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, a week before committing suicide. In the letter he questioned him, whether spending 5.5 crore on a bus for his own safety was more important than providing finances to the poor farmers.
Rao, who belonged to West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, was struggling to pay 22 lakh which he had taken as loan for his children’s education, medical expenses and rent.
He wrote in the letter, “Isn’t it the Chief Minister’s responsibility to ensure that even one farmer doesn’t commit suicide?”
Thus bus that, Rao mentioned in the letter was commissioned by Naidu last year, when he decided to take a tour of the entire state for monitoring the impact of cyclone hudhud.
However, police is denying that Rao wrote any such letter and justified his suicide by linking it with his personal family problems and his separation from his wife three months ago.
Whereas, Naidu has commented on the same by stating that the government has done a lot for farmers and this issue of suicide is different from his safety and security.
First Published | 23 September 2015 7:15 PM
Web Title: Before suicide, Andhra farmer wrote, ‘5.5 crores for a bus, instead of protecting farmers?’
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