Despite the opposition leader and All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president Rahul Gandhi proving with the lists of names of the people who have died during the farmers’ protest in and near Delhi borders against various demands including withdrawal of three controversial agriculture bills, The Union government has officially announced in the Upper House of the Parliament today that there have been no farmer death recorded during their yearlong protest!
The Union government on Friday said that no farmer died due to police action during the year-long protests by farmers. Various farmer groups were protesting against three new farm laws, which have now been scrapped. The year-long protest at the Delhi borders was suspended by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Thursday after the Union government accepted their key pending demands, including withdrawal of police cases against the protesters and on Minimum Support Price (MSP).
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said, “the subject of compensation, etc. to the families of the deceased farmers in the farmers’ movement is with the concerned state governments”. “No farmer died as a result of police action during the farmers’ agitation,” he said.
Tomar was responding to a joint question by Congress leader Dhiraj Prasad Sahu and AAP leader Sanjay Singh. The members had asked whether the government is planning to provide or made any provision towards livelihood monetary compensation to the families of the farmers who died during farmers’ protests.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, have been raising the issue of deaths of farmers during the yearlong protests. The record of no death means, no need to pay compensation or a government job to the kin of the deceased!