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Farm suicide victims’ kin await fiscal relief

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Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, November 10

Families of many debt-ridden farmers, who committed suicide, have claimed that they have not received any relief.

The authorities said families of the deceased farmers did not have mandatory documents. To take a final decision on compensation to such families, the Punjab Government has formed a committee at the district level, which includes the Deputy Commissioner as its chairman.

Since 2015, the Sangrur committee has approved 200 cases, rejected 280 and 21 are pending of the total 501 in farmers' category. In labourers' category, 198 cases have been rejected while 29 have been approved of the total 227.

"Officials are rejecting cases without taking any sympathetic view. After the suicide of my husband, I have approached officials for compensation many times with all documents, but every time they rejected my case," said Satinder Kaur from Sunam.

During the present year, the authorities have received 24 cases, in which nine have been approved while six have been rejected and nine are pending.

"After suicides many families have still been shuttling between various offices as officials are not serious about helping them. The Punjab government should help these families," said Dharminder Pashore, block president, BKU (Ugrahan), Lehra.

Chief Agriculture Officer Jaswinderpal Singh Grewal said: "A majority of families are without mandatory documents. We do not reject their cases. Special officials are there to help them."

from The Tribune

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