Farmers’ Suicides Can’t Be Dealt With Overnight, Says Supreme Court
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-11

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The issue of rising farmers' suicide cannot be dealt with "overnight", the Supreme Court said while agreeing with the government's request for a year to show effective results of its pro-farmer schemes like the Fasal Bima Yojana.

"It is justified on behalf of the Attorney General to seek time for effective results," a bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said.

The bench granted the Centre time and fixed a public interest litigation filed by a non-governmental organisation Citizens Resource and Action Initiative (CRANTI) for hearing after six months.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, referred to various "pro-farmer" measures being taken by the ruling NDA government and said the government should be given adequate time to produce effective results.

He said that out of 12 crore farmers, 5.34 crore have already been covered under various welfare schemes, including the Fasal Bima Yojana.

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