Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said that 1,513 farmers had committed suicides from 2014-2019 and directed District Collectors to disburse Rs.7 lakh solatium to the eligible bereaved families.
The Chief Minister held a video conference with the District Collectors and Superintendents of police here on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that as per the District Crime Records Bureau, 1,513 farmers had committed suicides during the period of 2014-2019. But compensation had been disbursed only to the 391 bereaved families. The erstwhile Chandrababu Naidu headed TDP government rejected the disbursement of compensation to the the rest of the bereaved families, citing various reasons, he said.
Mr Reddy asked Collectors and SPs to study the data and directed them to take steps to disburse Rs.7 lakh financial assistance to the eligible families of farmers, who had committed suicides.
“Extend financial assistance to the bereaved families in a bid to infuse confidence and courage. Take up the disbursement of solatium along with the local MLAs. The Collector should immediately respond, if anything wrong takes place in the families of farmers” the Chief Minister told the Collectors.
He announced that the government is bringing a law to disburse financial assistance to the families of farmers, who committed suicides, in order check irregularities. If a farmer or a tenant farmer commits suicide, the district Collector should console the bereaved family and all should be sympathetic towards them, he said.
The Chief Minister said that the government is granting Rs 15 crore to each district to improve the amenities in Social Welfare Hostels.