Wednesday, March 1, 2017
First Farmer Suicide case of 2017 from Odisha reported! Timely action needed!!
Farmer Suicide Clock starts ticking in Odisha again!
The first farmer suicide case of Odisha was reported yesterday from Bargarh district, considered the rice bowl of the state. 55 year old Khainu Bagarti of Kendpali village consumed pesticide and succumbed to death in VIMSAR. Irregular power supply, that failed his bore well, is said to have caused the distress, depression and death.
The Odisha government, that is drowning the state under thousands crores of debt to provide 24x7 power supply to should look inwards at the farmers' plights without any further delay. As such also we are expecting one of the hottest summer ever, such incidences may repeat!
Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Global Waterkeeper Alliance)