In his letter to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the AICC president said he was ‘deeply saddened’ and urged the government to lend a helping hand.
Wayanad: Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi wrote to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking a probe in the suicide of farmer V Dinesh Kumar of Panamaram panchayat in Kerala's Wayanad.
Rahul Gandhi, in his letter to Pinarayi dated May 28, said he was "deeply saddened" by the farmer's suicide. He requested the state government to conduct an inquiry and extend financial support to the family.
Rahul said that he spoke to Kumar’s widow. She told him that her husband took the extreme step as he was not able to repay the loan and the pressure out of it forced him to commit suicide, mentioned Rahul in the letter. According to reports, Kumar had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh from three banks and was reportedly facing recovery proceedings.
The letter has stated that representatives of financial firms are worrying farmers even after the state government announced moratorium for agricultural loans till December 31, 2019. Along with a probe, financial aid should be given to his family, the letter said.
Already seven farmers have committed suicide in Wayanad owing to fiscal burden. Climate change, falling prices and problems with the yields are some of the key issues in Wayanad.
Rahul Gandhi is reportedly said to visit his constituency Wayanad on June 7. Rahul Gandhi won by overall 4 lakh votes in Wayanad. It is also reported that the party is planning to open an office for the MP in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.
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Last Updated 31, May 2019, 6:58 PM