News : Chhattisgarh to Start Helpline to Prevent Farmer Suicides
Raipur, India, Nov 30, 2015 -- Chhattisgarh government has decided to start a toll free helpline for farmers of Dhamtari district to address their grievances and to prevent them from taking any extreme steps due to outstanding debts and loan payments.
Collector Dhamtari, Bheem Singh said the agriculture department has been directed for the same and number will be released in the next two-three days. He said farmers would be able to register their grievances related to paddy procurement, compensation etc through the helpline number.
Besides,the helpline would also act as a consultancy medium for the farmers, who are members of agriculture cooperative societies. He said the idea is to reach out to the farmers and help them with any crises and prevent them from taking any extreme step out of frustration.
"Those who are facing the brunt of drought would also be able to share the problems related to loans and its repayments," said Singh adding that we will resolve the issue and ask the banks to postpone dates of collection, if needed.
Besides, 'Kisan Sabha' will be organized on December 2-4 in every village and counselling centres are being established in the district to aid farmers. A Kisan Mitra (farmers' friend) would be appointed from groups of every 50 farmers in villages, who will convey the problems being faced by them through the helpline, he said.
The block level officials have also been instructed to stay in touch with farmers of their respective areas to address their problems in view of drought this year, he added.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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