India's PM increases compensation for farmers to ease rural discontent

April 8, 2015 7:50 AM

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NEW DELHI, April 8 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced higher compensation and government aid for farmers who are suffering due to unseasonable rains, in an attempt to calm growing discontent among people living in the countryside.

Storms have badly damaged crops in large parts of northern India and led to anger against Modi for not doing enough to help those in distress. Dozens of farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks.

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