Jaipur, June 24: Lack of monsoon and rising debts has taken yet another life in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar district on Sunday. But the victim, 45-year-old Sohan Lal Meghwal, left behind a farewell video and a two-page note for the state CM Ashok Gehlot of not honouring its pre-poll promise of waiving bank loans.
According to a report, published in NDTV, Meghwal posted a video on facebook - which he had created on his mobile. By the time neighbours could see that video and act accordingly, the farmer had already consumed poison and died while being taken to the Sri Ganganagar district hospital. Maharashtra: More Than 12,000 Farmers Committed Suicide in 3 Years, Says Government
In his final video note, Meghwal reportedly accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy, Sachin Pilot for failing to address his plight. He stated, "They had promised that the loans would be waived off within 10 days of their government coming to power. Their government is here now, but what has happened to their promise?"
Along with blaming the ruling Congress government, Meghwal said, "I am killing myself, but I would like to urge the Ashok Gehlot government to take note of farmers' grievances and pay back their dues. I want to apologise to my family too, if I have done them any wrong. I hope that unity returns to this village after my death."
Soon after the incident, Deputy Superintendent of Police Jai Singh Tanwar confirmed the recovery of the suicide note. He said, "The note says that the loan waiver promised to him did not happen. We are investigating this claim, and also how much money he owed to debtors. Apparently, he also owned money to private banks and money lenders."
Reports state that over 16 lakh farmers in Rajasthan have borrowed from private banks, with whom the government is drawing out plans. The state government claims that it waived around Rs 7,000 crore in agricultural loans since January, which had benefitted 19 lakh farmers. Due to this, the extra Rs 18,000 crore debt burden would be incurred on the state exchequer.