Cong, AAP to target govt on farmer suicides
With the farmer suicides issue hogging the limelight in the media, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have decided to reach out to the families of all such farmers to expose the SAD-BJP government for its apathy on this issue for the past nine years.
Both parties have decided to launch a mass agitation across villages against the government’s wrong policies. Sources confirmed that the PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh will hold a meeting in this regard in Faridkot next week.
“The idea is to gather details about all such affected families and ensure that the party reaches out to them at a personal level,” they said.
Capt Singh has already announced the ‘Pagri Sambhal Kissana’ movement.
Party senior vice president Lal Singh confirmed that a separate committee is working on the list of such farmers who committed suicide in the past decade “to find the reasons that led to the suicide and to expose the SAD-BJP government’s failure to save the farming community in the state.”
“Some months ago a car was rounded up with in which some pesticide company officials were on way to give kickbacks to certain people in lieu of sanctioning their product. However, the matter was brushed under the carpet. A complete probe would have saved many farmers and exposed those playing with the lives of farmers,” he alleged.
“I am astonished that the Centre gave a package of hundreds of crore Haryana where farmers suffered similar losses as Punjab farmers, but the Badal government could not do anything”, he added.
Suspended AAP Patiala MP, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, said that the government has failed the farmers. “From being the bread basket and rice bowl, our state is now the suicide capital of the country”, he said.
AAP has formed a Kisan and Labour Wing to collect figures of the total number of suicides in the state, said is vice chief Karamjit Jattana.
Our workers are constantly in touch with such families and the ground reports are tragic. “We are astonished to hear the stories of regular crop failure and how suicides have shattered families. Our initial survey show that many more farmers in the cotton belt are on the verge of taking their life and all the government has done is give a cheque for Rs 3 lakh to the deceased’s family members on the same day the incident is reported.”
However, in certain cases the cheques have not reached the families, he added.
A recent report says that 5,000 farmers and farm labourers committed suicide in Punjab between 2000 and 2010 which means three suicides every two days. Bathinda, Sangrur and Mansa are the most affected districts in the state.
Will raise issue in Vidhan Sabha: Channi
Bathinda: Punjab Congress Legislature Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi today promised to prepare a comprehensive report on the number of farmers in the state who committed suicide in recent years and raise the issue in the next session of the state Assembly. He said this while meeting family members of two suicide victims in Jaga Ram Tirth village in the Talwandi Sabo block of Bathinda district. Accusing the state government of failing to provide any relief to farmers through timely and adequate compensation, he demanded that the Central and state governments must chalk out a concrete plan to waive off the loans of the farmers who suffer crop loss. TNS