Seeking appropriate compensation to the next of kin of peasants who had committed suicide for different reasons, including debt, various farmers’ organisations has decided to hold a rally at Barnala on January 9.The decision was taken during a meeting of different organisations of farmers held on Sunday under the leadership of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Ekta) general secretary Sukhdev Singh.
After the meeting, Sukhdev Singh said that the Punjab Government had failed to honour its commitment to provide compensation to the families of those farmers who had committed suicide for various reasons. He said that the Parkash Singh Badal-Government had already declared to provide Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the family of the farmer who had committed suicide for different reasons.
Besides, he demanded that the government must ensure a job to the next of kin of deceased farmer. Singh said, “As per a recent State Government survey, more than 7,000 farmers have committed suicide in the past five years due to debt.” The proposed rally would also demand complete waiving of crop loans of farmers whether they are small or marginal, he added.