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    Netizens Applaud Indian Superstar Amitabh Bachchan for Paying Off Farmers’ Debts

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    The septuagenarian actor, popularly called “Big B”, has been one of the most revered actors over the years in the Indian film industry.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan is winning accolades from netizens for paying off the debts of 2,100 farmers from the country's Bihar state.

    On Wednesday, he shared the news on his blog.

    "A promise made done… the farmers from Bihar that had outstanding loans, picked 2100 of them and paid off their amount with a OTS (One Time Settlement) with the Bank, called some of them over to Janak (Big B's office) and personally gave it to them at the hands of Shweta and Abhishek (his children)," shared Bachchan. 

    Bachchan, who has also helped Indian farmers in the past, was hailed by twitterians for his latest philanthropic gesture.

    Debt-ridden farmers committing suicide has been a concern in India. The issue was highlighted by various political parties in their 2019 Indian parliamentary election campaigns.

    According to the National Crime Reports Bureau ADSI report of 2014, Farmer suicides account for 11.2% of all suicides in India.

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