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17 farmers committed suicide in TN in 2 months Says CM Panneerselvam

The chief minister’s statement comes in the wake of opposition claims that over 100 farmers have died in the state due to shock or by committing suicide due to distress over a crop failure,  following a poor monsoon.

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The chief minister’s statement comes in the wake of opposition claims that over 100 farmers have died in the state due to shock or committed suicide due to distress over crop failure.

Chennai: Amidst opposition claims that over100 farmers have expired due to drought in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday said that 17 farmers have committed suicide in the last two months due to “various reasons” and the reports were awaited from the districts on the “shock” deaths.

“However they have committed suicide due to the various reasons, a sum of Rs. 3 lakh each will be provided to their families considering their welfare,” he said in a statement and has also added that the compensation will be paid from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund.

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Panneerselvam said following the reports of some farmers dying of shock due to drought-related damage to crops, detailed reports from the respective district collectors had been required.

“After getting the reports, due to the compensation will be provided to their families,” he added.

The chief minister’s statement comes in the wake of opposition claims that over 100 farmers have died in the state due to shock or by committing suicide due to distress over a crop failure, following a poor monsoon.

While the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) last week issued the notice to the state over reports of the death of 106farmers, the Madras High Court has also wanted to know what steps the state government has taken to prevent farmer’s suicides.

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