Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar criticised SAD led government for failing to provide grant of Rs 3 lakh to the family of young farmer who allegedly committed suicide on Saturday at a village in his assembly constituency.
After meeting the family of deceased Gurpreet Singh (25) in Kundal village on Tuesday, former leader of opposition and Congress leader Jakhar said non-payment of ex-gratia to family of deceased was the core vio lation of orders of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh which states that it should be released within twenty four hours of the tragic step taken by any farmer.
Expressing solidarity with family, Jakhar shared the grief with Gurdev Singh, father of Gurpreet. “After the attack of whitefly the economical backbone of Gurdev family was broken and now due to waterlogging, wheat crop also failed and being under pressure of debt, young farmer took the extreme step,” he said.
UPA government led by Manmohan Singh had issued a special grant of Rs 2,240 crore to tackle waterlogging in Punjab but its rueful that state government failed to even manage the same which is playing havoc with the lives of farmers of more than a dozen village in this region, said Jakhar.
He also said, “Its mockery on the part of state government to include more CPSs (Chief Parliamentary Secretaries) when at ground their teachers are fighting for their monthly salaries while farmers are awaiting for money in reward of sale of their hard earned crop in mandis but none care for them.’’