Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that farmers in the state are facing severe economic crisis and are committing suicide under stress.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that farmers in the state are facing severe economic crisis and are committing suicide under stress. Singh further invited Central government under PM Narendra Modi to take note of the menace, and if needed, give compensation to these farmers. “Farmers in Punjab are in a bad state economically, committing suicides due to economic stress,” Singh said. “If we have to implement the law then GoI has to come up with a compensatory allowance for farmers,” Punjab CM said on burning of crop residue. He added, “There is a law by Green Tribunal, we’ve to implement it whether we like it or not.”. The Chief Minister also spoke on Congress’ victory in Punjab and Kerala bypolls. “Happy occasion for us, we have also won in Kerala. It is a very good sign emerging on national scene,” he said.
Singh had recently appealed to the debt-ridden farmers in the state not to commit suicide and assured them that the government was working on fulfilling its poll promise of debt waiver. Singh asserted that there would not be any ‘kurki’ – auction of mortgaged land of farmers. However, he wondered whether the government’s message of debt waiver was reaching the farming community. “Last month, 21 farmers committed suicides. Don’t take such steps,” Amaridner told farmers, adding “we are here for you and we have made a promise (debt waiver) in this regard.”
The chief minister, who was addressing a gathering during an interactive session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was also quoted as saying by PTI, “The way they (farmers) commit suicides..I don’t understand this scenario”.