In the past 15 years, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide in India mainly due to financial pressures, according to the Indian National Crime Records Bureau statistics and reported by Sky News. Approximately one farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes.
We call upon the Government of India and the State Governments to:-
a) create new emergency relief funds to alleviate immediate financial demands that are easily accessible and not means tested
b) set up a parliamentary commission to investigate the causes and propose long term solutions
c) introduce new programmes to raise awareness of the problems facing farmers and provide mental health support in local communities to eliminate the stigma of financial debt and give meaningful practical advice to farmers and their families
d) develop new agricultural policies of long term support for farmers to produce a viable agricultural sector in India