During question hour today, I asked the minister for works and human settlement if and when wages for the National Workforce would be increased. This issue has already received considerable attention in the National Assembly. Still, I went ahead, hoping to push the government to raise the wages of our workers. It didn’t work.
And during question hour today, I wanted to ask a second question, this one on an issue that we have not talked about at all in the National Assembly. I’d wanted point out the growing number of suicide cases in the country. And ask the minister of health if the government was responding to this terrible trend.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ask this question, as the Hon’ble Speaker did not allow it.
I’m worried that the number of suicide cases in our country is unusually high. And I’m worried that it is increasing.
According to police records, there were 53 suicide cases in 2008 and 49 cases in 2009. This year, as of April, the police have already recorded 25 suicide cases.
By any measure, these numbers should give cause for concern. But considering our small population, and our emphasis on GNH, these figures should be alarming.
25 suicides in 4 months. That, extrapolated, is 75 cases 12 months. That works out to 11.9 suicides per 100,000 people. And that would place us at number 34, if we were included in the list of countries by suicide rate.
Something is gravely wrong. And we – all of us, not just the government – need to do something about it.