No data on deaths of farmers during protests, so no question of financial assistance to anyone: GoI

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New Delhi: The Government of India on Wednesday informed the Parliament that it has “no record” of the deaths of the farmers who died during the year-long protests demanding repeal of the three contentious farm laws and hence there was no question of providing financial assistance to anyone.

In a reply to the Opposition’s query on whether the Government of India will grant financial assistance to the families of the farmers who lost their lives during the year-long protest, Agriculture Minister of India Narendra Tomar told the Parliament- Lok Sabha, “(The) Ministry of Agriculture has no record in the matter, and hence the question (of aid) does not arise.”

Apart from the main demand of repeal of the three contentious laws – that have now been officially repealed by the Parliament – more than a year-long agitation has demanded the withdrawal of cases against the farmers during the time of the agitation and paying compensation to and rehabilitation of the families of the farmers, who lost their lives during the same time.

More than 700 farmers have died, reports said quoting opposition parties, during the year-long protests at Delhi borders.

Congress’s Rahul Gandhi was among the critics who attacked the GoI over not allowing a discussion.

“We wanted to discuss MSP (issue), we wanted to discuss the (UP) Lakhimpur Kheri incident, we wanted to discuss the 700 farmers who died in this agitation, and unfortunately that discussion has not been allowed,” Gandhi said.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had announced that a committee would be formed to take decisions on the subjects of promoting zero budgeting-based agriculture, changing crop patterns as per the changing needs of the country, and making MSP more effective and transparent.


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