The Central authorities on Monday mentioned it doesn’t have any information on suicides of distributors, tradesmen and businessmen due to the financial toll of the Covid-induced lockdown.
The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) mentioned this within the Rajya Sabha in response to a question posed by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MP Abdul Wahab. Wahab sought to know whether or not the federal government observed that the disaster within the MSME sector as a consequence of the pandemic resulted in suicides of distributors, tradesmen, and different businessmen.
“This ministry does not maintain data of suicides. The ministry has also not received any such information of suicide of vendors, tradesmen & businessmen as a consequence of the pandemic,” learn the ministry’s response.
In his question, Wahab had cited numbers from the most recent National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report. The newest NCRB 2020 report, launched in September 2021, mentioned as many as 11,716 businessmen died by suicide in 2020.
The report mentioned of these over 11,000 deaths, 4,356 had been that of “tradesmen” and 4,226 had been of “vendors”, with the remaining being accounted for within the class of “other businesses”. These are the three teams that the NCRB categorises the business group into whereas recording suicides.
Compared to 2019, deaths by suicide among the many business group in 2020 elevated 29%. Suicides amongst tradespeople, in the meantime, elevated from 2,906 in 2019 to 4,356 in 2020 — a 49.9% soar, as per the official information.
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When requested about what was the federal government doing to help the households of the distributors, tradesmen and different businessmen who died by suicide in 2020, the ministry listed numerous schemes and programmes for the expansion and improvement of the MSME sector within the nation.
“Post Covid-19, the government has taken a number of initiatives under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan to support the MSME Sector in the country, especially in Covid-19 pandemic,” learn the response.
The ministry additional claimed that the net portal Champion, launched by the federal government to cover many points of e-governances together with grievance redressal and handholdings of MSME, redressed over 40,000 grievances as of November 29.