Allahabad: Taking suo motu cognizance of the farmers’ suicide in the Budelkhand region, the Allahabad High Court has sought explanation from the Centre and the state government. The court has directed them to file their reply within a month.

Taking cognizance of a report published in an English daily, High Court bench comprising Justices Sabhajit Yadav and Sunil Ambani has ordered to stop all the recovery of agricultural loans from the farmers. The next hearing of the PIL is slated on July 15.

In the petition, notices have been issued to the Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Water Resources and Development and to the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.

The court has sought the details of developmental programmes run in the region, status of the PDS and irrigation facilities in Bundelkhand area. 

It has also ordered the UP Chief Secretary to submit a report on the number of farmers’ death after collecting the detailed information from police stations, blocks and hospitals. The state government has been asked to give the details of the bank reports dealing with agricultural credit.

The private and national banks and development boards have been asked by the court to stop recovering loans from the farmers. The total agricultural loan outstanding against the farmers in Bundelkhand in 2011 is Rs 4370.32 crore.

(JPN/ Bureau)