Finally breaking its silence, the Telangana Government on Friday ordered a probe into the suicides by farmers across the State. Speaking to media persons at the Secretariat Media Point here, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that Chief Secretary Dr Rajiv Sharma has been asked to gather complete information on the suicides committed by farmers.
The Chief Secretary, in turn, has directed the District Collectors to furnish information pertaining to suicide committed by farmers since the formation of Telangana on June 2 this year. The Collectors have been asked to furnish the information on immediate basis. Pocharam, however, defended the TRS Government on the issue. He claimed that as many as 3,190 farmers have committed suicide from 1998 to 2014 during the regimes of TDP and Congress.
However, both the parties were trying to defame the TRS Government on the issue. He said erratic power supply was the major cause for crop failures which drove farmers to suicide. He blamed the previous TDP and Congress Governments for ignoring Telangana in power sector which deteriorated the conditions for farmers.