Punjab Speaker sets up committee on farmers' suicides

The committee headed by Congress legislator Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria will meet families of farmers who had committed suicide in recent years to probe the reasons.

Published: 07th July 2017 06:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th July 2017 06:14 PM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only

CHANDIGARH: Punjab assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh on Friday constituted a committee to review farmers' suicides in the state and prepare a report on the issue.

Congress legislator Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria will head the committee, and members are legislators Nathu Ram, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Nazar Singh Manshahia, and Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra.

"The committee has been constituted in compliance of a resolution moved by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Vidhan Sabha (assembly) on June 19," an assembly spokesperson said here.

The committee will meet families of farmers who had committed suicide in recent years to probe the reasons.

The committee would subsequently prepare a comprehensive report with suggestions and recommendations on how to curb such suicides, the spokesperson said.

"The committee will find the reasons for the poor economic condition of farm labourers and suggest ways to bail out this community from economic crisis," the spokesperson added.

The Chief Minister has said 7,000 farmers in Punjab have committed suicides in recent years owing to debt burden.

As many as 80 farmers have ended their lives in the last 3-4 months, ever since the Congress government came to power in Punjab.

The Amarinder Singh government has announced a limited loan waiver for the beleagured small farmers in agrarian Punjab, which contributes nearly 50 per cent of food grain to the national kitty with just 1.54 per cent of the country's land.

The Congress, in its manifesto, had promised a complete loan waiver for farmers.

The total debt of Punjab farmers vis-a-vis banks is around Rs 60,000 crore. They owe hundreds of crores to arhatiyas (commission agents) as well.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.