The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has severely criticized the state government’s stern stance over the issue of suicides committed by farmers owing to heavy debts on their heads.
In a press statement, AAP leader and the leader of opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Harpal Singh Cheema squarely held the government in the saddle responsible for abetting the farmers to take the extreme step under the scare of debt liabilities.
He said not a single day passes when newspapers headlines go without reporting cases of farmer’s suicide. Examples are a dime a dozen.
Cheema said farmer of Manuke village in Nihalsinghwala segment, head over heels in debt, ended his life by shooting himself. Another distraught farmer from Sohangarh village near Gururharsahai committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance.
Close on the heels, a Bari village farmer in Sherpur and other at Aulakh village in Malout committed suicides between March 9 and 12.
The LoP stated that the Captain Amarinder Singh Government had promised the aggrieved farming community to bring ‘Achhe din’ once his party government was voted to power in the Assembly elections held in 2017.
He said the government had taken a U-turn on its promise on a complete loan waiver, leaving them with no obvious choice but to commit suicide.
After visiting the diseased family, AAP MLA Kulwant Singh Pandori said that AAP had raised the issued on the floor of the House during the recently concluded Budget session of Punjab Assembly. But, he lamented, the government had been procrastinating on addressing the farm distress to stop the naked dance of death and destruction.
Pandori accused the union ministers, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Vijay Sampla for maintain a stoic silence over the matter during their 5-year old term, thus compounding the problem.
The duo owes an explanation for their dismal role in containing the scourge of suicides in Punjab by impressing upon the union government to address agrarian by delivering on the promised farm waiver.
AAP leader demanded that the Captain Amarinder Singh government should issue white paper on the menace of suicides being committed by the farmers, day in day out.
He also urged the government to come out of its cozy confines and address the issue sooner than later lest it should assume an alarming proportion.