No data available after 2016 onwards on the number of farmer suicides because of farm debt as the home ministry has not published the report yet, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the home ministry compiles and disseminates information on suicides in its publication titled “Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India”.
“These reports on suicides up to 2015 are available at its website. The report for the years 2016 onwards has not been published yet,” Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The number of farmer suicides was 3,097 in 2015 and 1,163 in 2014, as per the data placed in the House.
The minister was responding to a question by Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, who had asked about the details of the farmers who had committed suicide and the measures taken by the Centre to rehabilitate the families.
A few days back, Hindutva leader Pravin Togadia had blamed “wrong policies” of Narendra Modi government for farmers’ suicides in the country.
(With agency inputs)