The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday gave the Punjab government three more months for framing a scheme for financial assistance and other relief on the Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra pattern to check the number of debt-ridden farmers committing suicide.
It is in consideration of the request of Punjab agriculture department special secretary Arvinder Singh Bains for more time to frame the policy. Bains submitted that the policy formulation was in advanced stages but had slowed down for want of information from Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The Punjab government already gives the affected families Rs. 2 lakh each as compensation, states affidavit in response to the petition of volunteer organisation Movement Against State Repression.
The organisation had sought this policy for the families of farmers who had committed suicide after January 2000. Bains submitted that the department was framing an appropriate scheme in consultation with the revenue department that ran the Rs. 2-lakh-relief scheme.
Consultation was also required with the finance department and state farmers' commission, while the state government had written to Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra already to seek details, he stated.