Punjab CM terms farmer’s suicide at AAP’s rally unfortunate

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2015 20:17 IST

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has termed the farmer’s suicide at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi unfortunate and said he should not have resorted to the extreme step.

“Farmers should understand that we cannot fight with the nature. Suicide is no solution as it leaves the family members helpless. The Union governemnt should order a probe to know the causes and circumstances that foisted the farmer to end his life. It has to be taken seriously as every farmer is important for the country as he tirelessly works to run his home and produce food for the entire country,” said Badal, who was here to attend a function.

“Farmers should understand that the government is always with them and various agricultural universities are also at their service. If any farmer has any feedback or suggestion, he is free to approach the officials concerned,” added the CM.

On wheat procurment, Badal said farmers would not have to suffer as the state government had already directed the food and civil supplies department officials to ensure that no farmer was forced to sell his wheat below the minimum support price (MSP) of `1,450 per quintal. “We took this step to help the farmers who have already suffered losses due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm,” he added.

Meanwhile, Punjab Agricultural University senior economist Mohinder Singh Sidhu said: According to a government survey, 93.81 lakh hectares under wheat cultivation has been damaged in the country till April 16. He said a Central team would visit Punjab to assess damage to the wheat crop due to rain and hailstorm.

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