Assume , you have worked for one month honestly in your office. Tomorrow is the salary day, but it rains in evening. Your salary of 36000 gets reduced to 6000. How will you feel?
One of my friend remarked “Farmers are too impatient; yes, nonseasonal rains have destroyed the crops but suicide is not a solution”.
This friend belongs to a city; I can understand his point as he has never felt the pains of a farmer.
I was born into a farming family; we have 9 acres of land where we grow Wheat and rice. In the days of harvesting the crop, we used to have big aspirations. Suppose, we are expecting 700,000 rupees after 15 days as crop is getting matured. And today, there is a thunderstorm and unwanted rains; those 700,000 comes out to be 200,000 only and sometimes even worse. Do you know that feeling? I have seen my father crying while we used to dance in rains as a kid.
A farmer doesn’t get any monthly salary, he gets it in 6 months. He borrows money for fertilizers, labours, seeds and pesticides. He has to feed his family, pay the fees of his kids; all hopes are on crop. But when crop fails; he fears, how will he return the borrowed money? how his kids will continue the schooling? So many HOW appears but there is no answer.
Most of suicides are a result of fear and disappointment. Fear of the humiliation that he has to face from money lenders and fear of seeing his family hungry. But then arrives a ray of hope, SUICIDE. Perhaps after suicide, govt. will awake to my family and will pay some lakhs of compensation. Perhaps money lender will become softer to my family and will abolish the borrowed amount.
Basically, the suicide is not a clot to farmer but on govt. itself. Why the farmers don’t avail crop insurance scheme is not a failure of farmers; it’s the failure of govt. itself that it could not make the scheme attractive enough.
In the next post, we shall discuss about some possible solutions of this problem; stay tuned. Thanks