Known as a cash-starved organisation, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to give Rs 1 lakh aid to the family of Gohana-based farmer Balwan Singh, who died following a heart attack in the wake of crop loss due to the recent untimely rain and hailstorm.
Balwan’s nephew Jarnail Singh said, “Several politicians, including Congress MP Deepender Hooda, INLD Supremo OP Chautala’s grandson Karan Chautala and INLD KC Banger have visited our house, but did not announce any financial aid for the family of Balwan Singh, who was its only bread winner.”
“The BKU is better than politicians. At least they understand the plight of farmers. The money will help the family to continue the study of six children (including three daughters) of the deceased”, he added.
However, the family members said they did not have any information about `5 lakh assistance announced by the state government. “We just heard about it, but don’t know whether the money will be given or not”.
Balwan Singh (59), a resident of Katwal village of Sonepat district, had died after a heart attack as he reportedly could not bear the shock of crop loss.
The deceased’s owned 3-acre land and had taken another 8 acres on rent of Rs 30,000 per acre.
Talking to Hindustan Times, BKU state president Gurnam Singh Chaduni said, “Though we don’t have money to be given to every farmer, we decided to give Rs 1 lakh to Balwan’s family for the education of his children as their financial condition was very bad. The money will reach the family on April 16”, he added.