HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Farmer suicides: HC grants Punjab 3 months to frame scheme on Andhra pattern

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  CHANDIGARH, May 02, 2014
First Published: 22:42 IST(2/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:44 IST(2/5/2014)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday granted three months' time to the Punjab government for framing a scheme regarding financial assistance and other relief, on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh, to check suicides by debt-ridden farmers in the state.


The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli.

The petitioner organisation, Movement Against State Repression, had raised the issue of framing a policy-envisaging payment to families of farmers who had committed suicide due to financial constraints on account of indebtedness after January 2000.

Kahan Singh Pannu, secretary, agriculture department, Punjab, informed the court that the department was framing an appropriate scheme in consultation with the revenue department as the latter was already running a scheme regarding the grant of Rs. 2 lakh each to the families of farmers/farm labourers who commit suicide due to indebtedness.

It was also informed that consultations for the framing of a scheme was also required with the finance department and the state farmers' commission. It was also informed that the state government had already written to the Andhra Pradesh government for giving details of its scheme and the reply was still awaited.

4,685 took extreme step

A state-level survey of suicides by farmers and farm labourers due to debt during 2000-08 was got conducted through the three state universities   Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Punjabi University, Patiala; and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. As per the survey reports, 4,685 persons   2,943 farmers and 1,742 farm labourers   had committed suicide due to debt during this period.

The Punjab government would now have to submit its compliance report to the court on August 8.

comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of
blog comments powered by Disqus

more from Chandigarh

Four killed, 32 hurt after Tempo skids into Sirhind canal

Four people were killed and 32 injured when a light commercial vehicle, Tata-407, fell into the Sirhind canal near Jhamluti village, on the Rupnagar-Chamkaur Sahib road, 19 km from here, on Wednesday. Police sources said that the driver lost control over the vehicle, which rolled down into the muddy area of the canal at around 1 pm.

Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved