AAP adopts 75 fam­i­lies of farm sui­cide vic­tims

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

55 fam­i­lies were adopted by NRIs in Bathinda and Mansa in Au­gust and were pro­vided mon­e­tary help. SUKH­PAL SINGH KHAIRA , AAP leader

JALANDHAR:The leader of op­po­si­tion Sukh­pal Singh Khaira on Satur­day said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with the sup­port of NRI’ s adopted 75 fam­i­lies of farm­ers who have com­mit­ted sui­cide be­cause of farm debt, for ₹2,500 monthly fi­nan­cial as­sis­tant.

Ad­dress­ing the press con­fer­ence here, Khaira said that seven fam­i­lies were given ₹50,000 each as one-time help and 20 fam­i­lies have been adopted on Satur­day for a monthly pen­sion of 2,500 for next 5 years. The fi­nan­cial help was pro­vided un­der 'Peedit Kisan- Khet Maz­door Bachao Muhim' with the help of NRI Pun­jabis and lo­cal donors.

“As many as 55 fam­i­lies of sui­cide vic­tims were adopted by NRIs in Bathinda and Mansa area in Au­gust, where the ef­fected fam­i­lies were pro­vided mon­e­tary help,” Khaira said.

Khaira said that chief min­is­ter (CM) Capt Amarinder Singh had cat­e­gor­i­cally as­sured to waive off the to­tal debt of farm­ers be­fore elec­tions. But af­ter com­ing to power, he is now shy­ing away from ful­fill­ing his man­i­festo prom­ise.

“The farm­ers must ques­tion Congress lead­ers about the bo­gus prom­ises made to them when they come for the Gur­daspur by­poll cam­paign.” said Khaira.

Khaira asked if a case of abet­ment to sui­cide can be reg­is­tered against a com­mis­sion agent on the ba­sis of a sui­cide note, then why is the same yard­stick not be­ing ap­plied to the CM, as two farm­ers have re­cently held Capt re­spon­si­ble for their sui­cides in their notes left behind.

While ask­ing peo­ple to teach a les­son in com­ing Gur­daspur by­polls, he said that Congress and SAD lead­ers will come to your doors to seek the votes again but you should ask for your rights and seek an­swer for the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure in pro­tect­ing the farm­ers rights.He said that in the state’s an­nual bud­get, a min­i­mal amount of ₹ 1,500 crores was al­lot­ted against the debt of ₹1 lakh crore.

“It is a joke for the farm­ers who are left to the God’s mercy and are forced to com­mit sui­cide. In last 6 months of Cap­tain’s gov­ern­ment,about250­farm­er­shave com­mit­ted sui­cide.” Khaira added.

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