Published by: Subhajit Mandal | Posted: September 23, 2022 2:16 pm| Updated: September 23, 2022 2:16 pm
Staff Reporter: No farmer suicides have occurred in the state in the last two years. The information contained in the NCRB report is correct. Agriculture Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay said in response to a question in the state assembly. He also refuted BJP’s complaint about this.
Recently, an information related to the Right to Information Act revealed that 122 farmers committed suicide in West Medinipur in 2021. That information is today In the assembly Highlighting Kharagpur’s BJP MLA Hiran said, no farmer died that year as per the NCRB report. However, it is known that 122 farmers (Hiran Chatterjee) committed suicide in West Medinipur only because of RTI or Right to Information Act. Why such a big gap in the two reports?” In view of this, Hiran demanded an investigation by setting up an inquiry commission.
In response, the Agriculture Minister said, “We have made a further investigation after receiving this information. I have come to know that the information found in the RTI is wrong.” The Agriculture Department was shaken after receiving that report. In the minister’s words, “The rate at which the state pays compensation for crop damage, such incidents as suicides are unusual. The numbers there are dire. We naturally seek. It is known that the information is wrong.” According to the minister, “Maybe the then Deputy Superintendent of Police did not understand the question and confused the information of suicide with any information of death. In 2021, 122 people and 34 people in 2022 reported suicide. But after research, this information is completely wrong. Additional Deputy Police Super of the district also informed that. No farmer has committed suicide in the state in the last two years.”
In the assembly, Hiran tried to corner the ruling party by bringing up the details of farmer suicide. But the government said that information is wrong. So there is no question of discomfort.