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VJAS terms NCRB report on farmer's suicide as "hoax"

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A Maharashtra-based farmer's advocacy group has dubbed the National Crime Records Bureau's recent report on farmer's suicide as "hoax" and claimed that it does not reflect the situation on the ground.

"The report of NCRB is nothing but a hoax because it has fabricated to show fewer deaths as the distress level on the ground is much higher on ground," Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) president Kishor Tiwari has alleged.

"Have major states like Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and not recorded any farmers' suicides in 2014," he questioned.

According to the 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in 2014' report released by the NCRB on Friday, the highest incidents of 2,568 farmers' suicides were in (45.5 per cent), followed by 898 suicides in (15.9 per cent) and 826 in (14.6 per cent).

Tiwari said that NCRB has listed all landless tribal farmers and leasehold tenancy farmers as agricultural workers and rural suicides cases have been classified in others category, which has put question mark on the report's credibility.

"NCRB has deliberately divided the suicides under different heads. The report says 4,004 agriculture-related suicides were recorded in during 2014 and then subtracts agricultural workers from the number and gives 2,568 as the total figure. For the first time, the government has admitted that the landless farmers are also dying," he said.

The total number of farmers' suicides in should be 4,004, which is almost 1,000 more than the 2013 figure, he said.

First Published: Sun, July 19 2015. 17:02 IST