NHRC to send Special Rapporteur to inquiry famers’ suicide cases in Odisha
National Human Rights Commission has assured to send its special rapporteur to Odisha for investigating the issues of farmer suicide in the state.
Justice Ceriac Joseph, Acting Chairperson of the Commission while discussing with Pradeep Pradhan, Advisor to NHRC on Right to Food said that, he will look into the proposal of sending Rapporteur to Odisha to investigate into alleged Farmers’ suicide in the State.
On 14 January, Sri Pradhan on his official visit to New Delhi met Justice Ceriac Joseph and appraised him about deplorable situation of farming community and disastrous agriculture in the state. He submitted a memorandum to Justice Joseph and requested him to send a special inquiry team to investigate into more than 160 cases of farmers’ suicide due to crop loss and loan burden and state Government’s reluctance to accept the reason.
“The socio-economic condition of these families is precarious and they require urgent financial support for their survival with dignity, said Sri Pradhan.
A six-member team of Civil Society Groups including Sudhir Mohanty, advocate, Sachikant Pradhan, Pratap sahu, Sudarshan Chhotaray, Srinibas Mohanty led by Sri Pradhan had filed complaint petition to NHRC on 4 January, seeking immediate intervention and necessary action. This case has also been registered in NHRC.
In Nov.2015, Fact-finding Team consisting of 23 members under the banner of Right to Food Campaign, Odisha had visited 30 famers’ suicide families covering 12 districts to ascertain fact about the reasons behind farmers’ suicide.
The Team has come out with a fact-finding Report holding State Govt. responsible for its callous and indifferent attitude towards small and Marginal farmers and implementation of various agriculture programme in lackadaisical manner and Crop loss and loan burden as reason for farmers’ suicide. This report was also presented in a State-level Public hearing held at Lower PMG, Bhubaneswar on 13.12.15 presided a four prominent Jury Members like Rabi Das, Senior Journalist, Prafulla Samantaray, Social Activist, Panchanan Kanungo, former Minister and Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty.