Chandigarh, April 24, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The Bharti Kisan Union President Balbir Singh Rajewal has urged the Punjab Government and the Central Government to come to the rescue of the farmers in the state. He said that it was matter of great worry that farmers were dying by suicide in the countryside due to the distress caused by the steep fall in the yield of wheat and debt burden. He said that the as many as 14 cases of farmer suicide had been reported in the past three weeks in the Punjab.
Rajewal has urged the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to announce an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore to the family of each farmer who have died by suicide during the past three weeks.
Rajewal said that recently, Chief Minister has announced ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore for a police jawan or an officer killed on duty. Rajewal said that on the same pattern families of the deceased farmers should be given fiscal aid. Rajewal said that farmers were doing a great duty. They were feeding millions of people across the country. Hence, the State Government should immediately pay ex-gratia to the families of deceased farmers.
Due the crisis ridden agriculture of Punjab, the rural poor, particularly agricultural laboureres are also passing through severe distress and are losing their lives by suicides. They too be awarded compensation to their respective family on the same pattern as that of the farmers, said Rajewal.
He said that he had written to the Prime Minister to announce Rs 12000 per acre as compensation to farmers who suffered big loss due to fall in the wheat yield. The farmer leader said that it had been established by the Central teams, which visited Punjab some days ago, that wheat grains were damaged due to sudden rising temperature and it hit the wheat yield.