Congress leader and former deputy speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Bir Devinder Singh, has crticised the statement of Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh where he had listed "failed love affairs, impotency and dowry" as some of the causes for suicides by farmers.
"The statement of Union minister is not only derogatory in spirit, it also lacks substance. It is an attempt to abuse the entire farming community of India. If the Union agriculture minister analyses the agrarian crisis in such a stupid manner than God help the farmers of the country," he said.
He said the cause of farmers' suicide was linked with the hapless economic conditions they were confronted with. "This imposes severe psychic gloominess which impairs his thought process, attitude and cerebration. Seeing no hope for survival, he is ultimately driven to commit suicide," said Bir Devinder.
"I am sure Radha Mohan has not yet studied Dr MS Swaminathan Committee report carefully in right earnest or his mental calibre failed to grasp the comprehensiveness of the report. Dr Swaminathan Committee has examined all the facet of the agrarian distress, so intelligibly with intense precision, so that India does not require appointing any other committee or commission to examine the same issue in near future," said Bir Devinder, asking psychiatric treatment for the minister.
He said the Union minister with his statement has rubbed salt on the unhealed wounds of the Indian farmers. "Therefore, we demand public apology from the minister, or else Prime Minister Narinder Modi must dismiss him from his council of ministers and refer him to some premier health institution dealing with mental sickness, for immediate psychiatric counselling."
Quote: "I am sure Radha Mohan has not yet studied Dr MS Swaminathan Committee report carefully in right earnest or his mental calibre failed to grasp the comprehensiveness of the report."
Bir Devinder Singh, Congress leader and former deputy speaker of Vidhan Sabha