Centre has informed yesterday in Lok Sabha that it does not intend to pay compensation to the families of the farmers who have died during the agitation against the Farm Laws.
In response to the demand for the government to state whether it will compensate, and if so then details there of, the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said ‘No Sir’.
The minister has further written in response that, ‘Government of India during discussion with these farmers’ union representatives appealed many times that children and elders including women should be requested to go home in view of the cold and COVID situation and other hardships.’
171 protesting farmers have died in the farmer agitation till January 28, according to a Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s statement. The winter, COVID, and the months of protest are the reason impacting the farmers present at the Delhi Borders. The decision by the government of not providing compensation is going to negatively impact the way Opposition and the Farmers view the approach of the Centre, which has already been criticized even by the Supreme Court.
The Centre further reiterated that the it does not propose to end MSP. In response to a question asked by BJP MP Mukesh Rajput if the Government is planning to end Minimum Support Price, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare said,
“No Sir, the Government does not have any proposal to end MSP.”
Farmers from all over India, and especially Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan have been protesting at the Delhi Borders since November 26. The farmers believe that these laws are made with the intent of introducing big corporates into agriculture.