Rahul demands relief for farmers who died during farm law protests

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Union government in Lok Sabha over the issue of farm laws and demanded compensation for the kin of farmers who died while protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws.

Rahul, who had unsuccessfully moved an adjournment motion on the farmers’ issue, tabled a list in Lok Sabha of deceased farmers whose families were given compensation and employment by the Punjab government.

Demanding a statement from the government on the issue, Congress members along with DMK and NCP colleagues walked out of the House while raising slogans against the government.

‘Around 700 farmers died in farmers’ agitation. The prime minister apologised to the farmers and accepted his mistake. On November 30, agriculture minister was asked a question – ‘how many farmers died in the agitation?’ Agriculture minister said he had no data,’ he said.

‘We found out that Punjab government has paid compensation of ₹ 5 lakh each to more than 400 farmers. Of these 400 farmers, 152 have also been given jobs. I have one more list of 70 farmers from Haryana,’ he added.

 

NT Bureau