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Hike aid to farm widows: Maha women's commission chief to CM

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The State Commission for Women has urged the to increase monetary compensation given to widows of farmers committing

In a letter written to Devendra Fadnavis last week, MSCW's has recommended about a dozen measures to improve the plight of these farm widows.

Rahatkar, in her letter to Fadnavis, said monetary compensation, which is currently Rs one lakh, should be hiked to Rs 2 lakh for widows of farmers who had committed

Rahatkar said the commission had, earlier this year in January and February, conducted camp-cum-seminars in and to understand socio-economic problems faced by them.

A report compiled during these camp-cum-seminars has also been submitted to the government, she added.

"What happens to the women of the household after the of the or the male of the household? We wanted to know and hear this from them, and the answers were heart wrenching," Rahatkar said Friday.

According to a report prepared by the MSCW, these farm widows face problems while getting property rights transferred on their names as their relatives themselves object to it.

"The education and marriage of their children also get jeopardised as society tends to isolate them. Besides, they face crisis in repayment of loans," the report stated.

The government had, last month, stated that 235 farmers committed suicide for various reasons in September this year.

In a written reply to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly last month, state Relief and said six districts of Vidarbha region had witnessed 15,629 suicides between January 2001 and October 2018.

"Of these, 7,008 farmers were eligible for financial compensation and their families were given financial assistance of Rs one lakh each. As many as 215 cases are pending investigation," the had said.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:05 IST