In an effort to provide relief to the distressed families of the farmers committing suicide in Punjab, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday approved a policy for creating a 'revolving fund' so that one-time monetary assistance of Rs 3 lakh can be given to the next of kin of such farmers.
The 'revolving fund for relief' to the suicide-affected families would be created with the state revenue department to ensure timely relief to the affected families, a spokesman here said.
According to the policy, 25% of the relief amount would be paid to the mother and the balance to the wife of the deceased. However, in case the mother is not alive the full relief would be paid to the wife. If the wife of the deceased remarries outside the family or if she is not alive then the amount would be paid to the children.
The entire relief money would be paid to the dependent parents if the deceased is unmarried.
A committee would be constituted to receive and verify documents to disburse the assistance with the deputy commissioner of the district as chairman and chief medical officer, senior superintendent of police and sarpanch of the victim's village as members and chief agricultural officer as the member convener. The committee would decide the matter within a month from the date of receipt of application for the compensation. The application should be submitted within three months of the death.