Allahabad: Looking into the reasons for increase in the number of farmer suicides, the Allahabad High Court on Friday restrained the State Government from recovering dues from the debt-ridden farmer in the Bundelkhand region.

Rejecting the Uttar Pradesh government reply on loan recovery, the Allahabad HC has directed the Centre and the State government to file affidavit again in the case. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 27.

The order was passed by a division bench comprising Chief Justice F I Rebello and Justice Prakash Krishna.

The PIL is based on the reports which claimed that 519 farmers committed suicide in Bundelkhand within the last six months. The HC bench has summoned the District Magistrates of all districts under Bundelkhand and directed them to submit the details of farmers’ suicide cases and the list of BPL –APL card holders in the region.

While filing the counter affidavit on behalf of the State Government, the Principal Secretary Revenue, BP Singh stated that along with development fund of Rs 700 crore from Central government, the state government is also providing funds to develop the Bundelkhand region. He pointed out that in a joint venture the State and the Union Governemnt are carrying out a number of development projects at Bundelkhand.

The State government also claimed that the suicides and deaths so far reported in the region have not been due to debt collection or hunger.

Reprimanding the State Government reply, the HC bench has directed it to file a fresh affidavit on the development packages and projects undertaken in Bundelkhand region.