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Farmer suicides issue can’t be dealt with overnight: Supreme Court

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New Delhi: The issue of rising farmers’ suicide cannot be dealt with “overnight”, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while agreeing with the government’s request for a year to show effective results of its pro-farmer schemes such as Fasal Bima Yojana.“We are of the view that the issue of farmers’ suicide cannot be dealt with overnight. It is justified on behalf of the Attorney General to seek time for effective results,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said.

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The bench granted time to the Centre and fixed the PIL filed by NGO Citizens Resource and Action Initiative (CRANTI) for hearing after six months. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, referred to various “pro-farmer” measures being taken. He said that out of 12 crore farmers, 5.34 crore farmers have already been covered under various welfare schemes, including the Fasal Bima Yojana.

Venugopal also said almost 30% farm land has been covered under the crop insurance scheme and the figure will substantially rise by the end of 2018. The court, which initially said that the number of farmer suicides was rising, later agreed to the contention of the government and granted it time.