Rahul Gandhi Slams Centre, Demands Compensation For Farmers Died During Agitation

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday in the Parliament’s Winter session slammed the Centre over the farm laws issue. He also demanded compensation and jobs to be given to the kin of the farmers who died during the agitation.

“I want that the farmers be given their rights, they should be given compensation as well as jobs,” the Congress MP said during the proceedings of the winter session in the Lok Sabha today.

Slamming the Centre, Rahul Gandhi said that the Centre has no data about the number of farmers who died during the protest. He alleged that 700 farmers died during the protest but the government has no data about the death.

He stated that he would table data in Lok Sabha from the Punjab government on compensation given to the families of deceased farmers as well as names of farmers from Haryana.

“Around 700 farmers died in farmers’ agitation. The Prime Minister apologized to the nation and farmers of the nation. He accepted that he made a mistake. On November 30, Agricultural Minister (Narendra Singh Tomar) was asked a question how many farmers died in the agitation? He said he doesn’t have any data,” he said.

He further said that the Punjab government has already given Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and provided jobs. They have given the best assistance possible.
Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi moved an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha seeking compensation for the families of farmers who died during farm laws protest, said sources.

The government in a reply to the Parliament had earlier stated that it has not kept track of farmers who their lives in the agitation against the farm laws and hence, the question of compensation does not arise.

Meanwhile, the farmer’s protests will continue till a formal response from the Central government on different issues of farmers is obtained, announced an official statement from Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday

A meeting was held on Saturday during which the future course of the farmer’s agitation based on pending demands of farmers was discussed. These demands include a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) and rehabilitation for kin of the farmers who died during the agitation, among others.
The next meeting of SKM will be held today.

The winter session of the Parliament commenced on November 29 and is scheduled to conclude on December 23.

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