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Will-Pawar solution to farmer suicides

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Jun 20, 2007 at 05:57am IST

New Delhi: Farmers from more distressed states like Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand do not commit suicide while their counterparts in prosperous states like Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka give in.

''Is it because they are more used to adversity?'' Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar raised the question during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

''This should be looked into,'' he said replying to supplementaries on the circumstances and reasons of farmers committing suicides in Vidharba and other regions of the country where crops failed.

PAWAR-FULL QUESTION: Why farmers from more distressed states do not commit suicide while in prosperous states they give in?

Pawar advised farmers to increase their willpower, as ''suicides were not the way to tackle the problem''.

Stressing the need for providing counseling facilities to the aggrieved farmers in the Vidharba belt, Pawar noted that organisations like the Art of Living of Sri Sri Ravishankar were doing some work in that direction.

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