Chetna Yatra led by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary reached village Bir Bansian in Phillaur on Wednesday. The farmers from the village handed over their unsigned cheques for damaged crops issued by Badal-led Punjab government.
“The amount for the damaged crop offered by the government is hard to believe,” said Chaudhary. Paying Rs 1000 as compensation is a big joke on peasants, he said. The government should not at least ignore people who voted for them twice, he said. To top it the cheques are not even signed, he charged. He met widows who have not got pension. In two cases the poor widows are living in small rooms with roofs that can collapse any time.
The Akali Sarpanch of the village is not willing to recommend them for government help as they are not Akali supporters, he said. Once the Congress forms government, we will form a policy for farmers in this regard, he said. He alleged that farmers had sown wheat on more than five acres land and spent lakhs but unseasonal rain ruined the crop. “First, nature brought cruelty on them and now government is doing the same,” he said.