Election Manifesto and the Karnataka Farmers
Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef 12 Dec 2019
During elections, all the political parties come up with their manifestoes and the development agendas for its people. It is the time when the leaders really think about the plans of action and convince their voters with these strategies to gain power. How far these promises are fulfilled is another big question that pops up in the current scenario as the common men, farmers, students, youth as well as the retired, including all, seem to be unhappy with the way of governance in the country.
Farmers being the key targets of every election irrespective of the state, the relentless promises that the political parties offered have put them in enough distress. They are left with no choice than voting for the one who convinces and pursue them the more. Highest farmer suicide rates in the state of Karnataka itself depict the big picture of the story.
Statistics; The wide picture of the truth
Farmer suicides in the country exponentially spiked by over 40 percent between 2014 and 2015. While 2014 saw 5,650 farmer suicides, the figure crossed 8,000 in 2015. According to the State Agriculture Department of Karnataka, as many as 3,515 farmers in Karnataka committed suicide between April 2013 and November 2017, out of which 2,525 were due to drought and farm failure.
Out of the 3,515 suicide cases reported, agriculture department accepted 2,525 cases that were due to drought and crop failure, the data said. The highest numbers of suicides (1,483) were reported during 2015-16 and lowest (106) during 2013-14 in the state itself.
At least 3,515 farmers were reported to have committed suicide from April 2013 to November 2017, and from April 2008 to April 2012, as many as 1,125 farmers were reported to have committed suicide. From April 2015 to April 2017, as many as 2,514 suicide cases were reported, of which 1,929 cases were accepted.
Though the Karnataka Assembly election manifesto 2013 of the Congress had promised various plans to aid the poor farmers, they continue to struggle and end up their life when the government shows no mercy. Though the government has hiked compensation from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh to families of farmers who committed suicide, the number of the farmer suicides in the state is high among other Indian states. The numbers of the fulfilled promises hardly matter when the civilians, farmers and the public are in distress.
By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C
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