Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday directed principal secretary, department of home, to complete the judicial inquiry ordered into the Jeobala incident in Tarn Taran district within three months in order to ascertain the facts that led to the death of ASI Kulbir Singh during farmers' agitation on May 8.
Badal assured this to the delegation of Kisan Sangrash Committee led by its Punjab president Satnam Singh Pannu.
The CM also directed the DGP to sympathetically treat all the cases in which representatives of union participated in the rail and road blockades in support of their agitation, where no third party or any individual was involved as complainant.
Badal also issued directions to ensure release of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to next of kin of each farmer who had died in the agitations.
On the issue of giving compensation to the left out families of farmers and labourers who committed suicides, the CM assured that the state government would also extend the same quantum of relief at rate of Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased on the basis of verification report of the committee comprising the deputy commissioner, SSP and chief agriculture officer of the district concerned.
The CM also directed the financial commissioner (development) to work out all the modalities to bring a legislation to abolish the system of money lending.
Responding to another demand regarding the voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) to slash the rate from Rs 4,500 to Rs 1,000 per BHP for enhancing the load capacity of the motors in view of depleting water table, the CM informed the union that the Powercom had already taken up the issue with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) to reduce this amount from Rs 4,500 per BHP to Rs 3,000 per BHP, which would cost Rs 150 crore to the state government.
Referring to another demand raised by the union regarding the allotment of pending tubewell connections, Badal apprised them that the state government had already framed a new tubewell policy for the year 2013-14, under which 25,000 connections would be released in a fair and transparent manner. He said that his government had released 2,10,000 tubewell connections to the farmers since 2007.