End Indian farmers' suicides with new emergency relief funds
  • Petitioned Dr Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of India
Dr Manmohan Singh
Indian High Commissioner to the UK
Dr. J. Bhagwati
World Health Organisation, Director General
Dr Margaret Chan
Secretary of State for International Development
Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP
Officer in Charge, Department of Agriculture
Krishi Bhavan
Chairman of Central Bank of India
Mr MV Tanksale
Honourable Union Minister for Agriculture
Shri Sharad Pawar

End Indian farmers' suicides with new emergency relief funds

    1. Paul Marsden
    2. Petition by

      Paul Marsden

      Helsby, United Kingdom

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

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Year by year breakdown of farmers' deaths by suicide

      Paul Marsden
      Petition Organizer

      Demonstrates the credibility of the data 1995 to 2010 (latest available year for statistics from the Indian National Crime Records Bureau)

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Pamela Allen SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
      • about 2 years ago

      My niece is married to a boy from India. I went to the wedding and then toured the North of India. I loved the country. Now I´m part of an Indian family.

      • over 2 years ago

      It is a great Indian shame and reflects upon the failure of Govt of India. Farmers are the life blood of Indian economy and livelihood. They should be protected and supported.

    • Reena Almeida BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Surely the people who toil so the rest of the country have something to eat deserve better. The government of India must stop neglecting this vital section of the country's populace and think hard about providing well for them.

    • Caroline Clarke TULLAMARINE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because we can do better than this - here viewed in the context of clean development mechanism CDM the opportunity to structure projects to support investment aiding in triple bottom line is at the core - seek out UNFCCC


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