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No record of farmers' death during protests: Govt to Parliament

December 01, 2021 14:30 IST

The Centre on Wednesday said it has no record of farmers who died during the agitation against the farm laws.

IMAGE: Members of the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha immerse a portion of the ashes of four farmers killed in the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh on October 3, 2021 in the Arabian Sea near the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Photograph: ANI Photo

In its response to a question on whether it proposes to provide financial assistance to the kin of farmers who died during the agitation, the ministry of agriculture and farmers' welfare replied in the Parliament that it has "no record in the matter and hence the question does not arise."

On the third day of the winter session, the Leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of the death of farmers during the protest against farm laws.

Congress leader Manish Tewari demanded that the government should provide Rs 5 crore compensation to the families of the farmers who died during the farm laws agitation and also accept other demands of the tillers, including a legal guarantee for MSP.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, the MP from Punjab's Anandpur Sahib said it was because of the "historic" farmers' movement that the three black farm laws" have been taken back.

He said that over 700 framers have been "martyred" in the farmers' movement.


"I would like to demand from that government that a list of those farmers (who died in the agitation) be prepared and their families be given Rs 5 crore compensation each. The farmers' demand of (legal guarantee for) MSP as well as other demands, the government should do justice to them," he said.

Congress MP from Fatehgarh Sahib, Amar Singh also demanded that a law be made providing legal guarantee for MSP.

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party's Hanuman Beniwal demanded that the cases that have been filed against the farmers during the farm laws agitation be taken back.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha last month had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate resumption of talks with the government over their six demands, including a law guaranteeing minimum support price for all farmers.

The umbrella body of farmers' unions have also sought withdrawal of cases against farmers, building a memorial for the protesters who lost their lives during the agitation and arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, whose son is an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Source: ANI