In big gesture, Navjot Singh Sidhu pays Rs 15 lakh from personal pocket to farmers in distress

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New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2017 4:47:58 PM

Sidhu kept his promise made earlier this year to the farmers of Amritsar’s Rajasansi area in April.

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Cricketer turned politician and minister in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu is known for doing humanitarian work. Sidhu, who is Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums in Punjab, has donated Rs 15 lakh each from his own pocket to some of the farmers who are in distress, news agency ANI has reported.

By this move, Sidhu kept his promise made earlier this year to the farmers of Amritsar’s Rajasansi area in April. These farmers had reportedly lost their crop after a fire destroyed 202 acres of their agricultural land. Sidhu had then promised that he would contribute to relief for farmers from his own pocket.The Punjab Minister fulfilled what he had said on Wednesday.

Not only this, Sidhu had helped these farmers in April as well. After getting the news about fire, Sidhu had visited Othian village of Rajasansi Assembly constituency and had expressed sympathy for the farmers who had lost their standing wheat crop.

Sidhu, who is an MLA from Amritsar East, had said that the affected farmers will be compensated at a rate of Rs 8,000 per acre.

In a similar gesture, Sidhu recently gave Rs 2 lakh as financial aid to famous Dhadhi folk singer Idu Sharif who is paralysed. However, this aid had come from the government. As per an official release, the minister visited the house of the singer who was facing economic hardship and handed over the financial aid.

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