Thursday, October 29, 2009

Farmers death in Western Odisha

Kushadhwaja Majhi (38), a landless tribal of Tarbod village at Komna block in Nuapada district, had taken three acres of land on lease to cultivate paddy. Due to crop failure and lack of any governmental facility, Kushadhwaja hanged himself in his house on Sunday night.

He was not able to even arrange Rs 500 to open his account to facilitate payment of funds under Indira Awas Yojana allotted to him. He could get only 27 days of work payment within last one and a half years under NREGS.

This is the second case of farmer’s death in the past few days. One farmer died in Chikiti on Sunday and it was attributed to heart failure. At the same time, at Kusamdihi village in Jhankarpali Gram Panchayat of Rengali Block, Surendra Dhurua (35) tried to commit suicide on Monday by consuming poison. He is battling for his life at a private nursing home. He had taken loan of Rs 3,000 from a SHG and Rs 10,000. from private sector.

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