November 12 , 2019
- After a 3-year delay, The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released figures on “farmers’ suicides” for 2016.
- But it has excluded a key element from the previous editions — the reasons for the suicides.
- The latest report has revealed that at least 11,379 farmers committed suicide in the country in 2016.
- This translates into 948 suicides every month, or 31 suicides every day.
- Maharashtra continues to account for the highest number of farmer suicides in the country with 3,661 in 2016.
- Karnataka saw the second highest number of farmer suicides in 2016 at 2,079.
- For the first time that the NCRB had categorised farmers’ suicides due to debt or bankruptcy based on the source of loans.
- With the data for 2016, 3,33,407 farmers have died by suicide in India since 1995, when the NCRB started publishing farmer suicide data.
- Top 5 states