Telangana directed to vet list of suicide deaths for payment of relief

Telangana directed to vet list of suicide deaths for payment of relief
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The High Court at Hyderabad directed Telangana state government to examine the list of farmer suicide families that have not received any compensation/benefit from the government so far, scrutinise them and state on affidavit about the actual status. 

The High Court at Hyderabad directed Telangana state government to examine the list of farmer suicide families that have not received any compensation/benefit from the government so far, scrutinise them and state on affidavit about the actual status.

The list was provided to the government by the petitioners in the Public Interest Litigation relating to farmer suicides in the State. Telangana Special Government Pleader Sharat Kumar contested the list of 202 farmer suicide families that have not received any compensation saying the government has paid to over 80 per cent of suicide victim families.

The division bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice P Naveen Rao directed the government to ensure that the compensation is paid directly into the account of victim family person. Steps should be taken to see that no middleman takes any part of the amount.

The Acting CJ mentioned how one advocate in his presence at a cheque distribution programme in Khammam for farmer suicide victims tried to take the cheque from the beneficiary.

He also pointed out that in Maharashtra sometimes natural deaths were also portrayed as farmer suicides. The Telangana Special GP sought two weeks time to vet the list and submit the affidavit. The case was adjourned to June 20.

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