AP: 1,513 Farmer Suicides Between 2014-19, Only 391 Families Received Ex-Gratia

Chief minister Y.S. Jagan directed district collectors to verify the records and extend compensation to all eligible families immediately.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday said 1,513 farmers killed themselves in the state between 2014 and 2019, but only 391 families were paid ex-gratia.

The chief minister relayed this information during a video conference with district collectors and superintendents of police from the state headquarters.

“Records of the District Crime Records Bureaus in the state indicate that 1,513 farmers died by suicide during 2014-19, but ex gratia was paid in only 391 cases,” he said.

He directed the collectors to verify the records and extend compensation to all the eligible bereaved families immediately.

“Go to those families along with the local MLA and instil confidence in them. Pay each of the families the Rs 7 lakh ex gratia from the government. We will bring in a legislation to ensure that the ex-gratia amount does not fall into the wrong hands,” Jagan told the collectors.

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Jagan noted that his was a “people’s government” and one “filled with humanity”.

“Our administration should reflect this,” he added.

The chief minister also stressed on the need to eliminate corruption at all levels.

“I will start the cleaning up from my level. You do it at your level. Call mandal-level officers, counsel them and then do the cleaning up act,” he told the Collectors.

He said he should get a positive report from them in the next two-three months.

“The intelligence wing should report to me that things are happening without the need for paying bribes,” Jagan said.

Stating that he was giving strong signals against corruption, the chief minister said it amounts only 50% of the job. “The rest is in your hands. District collectors and SPs should focus on that and work with their hearts. Its possible,” he said.