Centre will not provide financial assistance to kins of those who died during protests
The Union government informed the Parliament on Wednesday that the government has no record of the farmer death who had died during the year-long farmers’ protests and hence there is no question of providing compensation to their families.
This was said in reply to a question asking if the Centre intends to provide financial assistance to the families of those who died during the protests.
The Union Minister of agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar said, “The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare has no record in the matter and hence the question does not arise.”
Leaders from the Opposition and the protesting alleged farmer unions have claimed that as many as 700 farmers lost their lives during their protests at Delhi’s borders against the three farm laws.
Now that the Centre has repealed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, the alleged farmers demand compensation for those who lost their lives.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions spearheading the protests, is also demanding compensation for farmers who died during the protests, along with a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP).
Congress leader Manish Tewari moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha requesting “to direct the government to create a record of farmers who lost their lives during farm laws protest and give compensation to their families” and called it a matter of “urgent importance”.
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