Farmer suicide families’ demand ex-gratia release

Farmer suicide families giving representations to RDO, Gajwel

“They never come to us and talk….. Officers just talk to villagers and write report on our family member death. Our problems and situation are never understood and misinterpreted in the reports. Inquiry has to be properly done and situation has to be correctly reported” — K. Lavanya, w/o K.Nagireddy

My brother committed suicide due to financial problems. But it was reported as he committed suicide because of stress for losing under land acquisition for railway line in newspapers and FIR. Now application is being rejected stating that it’s not farmer suicide”Raju, B/o Gopi

Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV) along with 90 farmer suicide families gave representation with all required documents to District Collector and Magistrate, Siddipet on 28th Nov 2016 requesting for the release of exgratia as soon as possible. Further as a routine process these representations are to be transferred to the RDO offices by collectorate and subsequently to the MROs for the re-enquiry. But till date nothing seems to be moved and no single enquiry was initiated from District collector’s office.

In view of this scenario, another representation was given by RSV along with 28 individual request letters to RDO, Gajwel on 20th Feb 2017. Various issues were put forth to RDO for which he assured the re-enquiry of the cases by three member committee. RSV volunteers explained various case related issues and mentioned the following demands:

1. Support the farmer suicide families as per G.O. 194

2. Enquiry of the cases by Mandal and Division level three member committees

3. Release of remaining exgratia amount 5 lakhs as per the G.O. 194 to already identified families who received 1 lakh rupees. And also relieve them from the interest amount on private loans.

4. Immediately issue Antyodaya Anna Yogana (AAY) cards, widow pensions, NREGS job cards to farmer suicide families

5. Forming Rythu Sahaya Kendra for every 5 villages and process all possible support systems through single window system. This centre would also help farmers and reduce their distress.

6. Government has to understand the intensity of tenant farmers problem and facilitate them by giving LECs, bank loans, availing support system, insurance etc

7. Providing 100 days work days for farmers through NREGS scheme

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