NCRB report and farmer suicides

Home Affairs

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1004

TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 27TH NOVEMBER, 2019/ AGRAHAYANA 6, 1941 (SAKA)

NCRB REPORT AND FARMER SUICIDES

1004. SHRI AMAR PATNAIK:

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether, as per the NCRB data, Government has identified the causes for the reduction of farmer suicides across the country in 2016;

(b) the reason why the NCRB 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India' (ADSI) report for 2016 excluded publishing the 'reasons' behind the suicides by farmers unlike previous versions of the report; and

(c) whether it is a fact that data on the reasons for farmer suicides was collected for the 2016 report?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI G. KISHAN REDDY)

(a) to (c) The data on accidental deaths and suicides are reported by States/ Union Territories to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which publishes it as the “Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India” report.
Reasons for change in the number of accidents and suicides, year-on-year, is not maintained by NCRB.
As informed by NCRB, many States/ Union Territories reported “Nil” data on suicides by Farmers/ Cultivators and Agricultural labourers after several validations, even while reporting suicides in other professions. Due to this limitation, national data on causes of suicide in farming sector is untenable and not published separately. However, the suicides reported by States/ Union Territories for Farmers/ Cultivators and Agricultural Labourers has been published along with other professions by NCRB.

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