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Panel seeks jobs for families affected by farmer suicides


Panel seeks jobs for families affected by farmer suicides

ibune News Service

Bathinda, June 10

After fighting an electoral contest from Bathinda to highlight deepening agrarian crisis in the state, the Committee for Families of Agrarian Suicide Victims has decided to sensitise families affected by farm suicides about the significance of gram sabhas so as to enable them to raise their voice on that platform for getting work under MGNREGA among other key issues.

Talking to The Tribune, committee convener Kiranjit Kaur Jhunir said, “We have decided to utilise the platform of gram sabhas whose sessions are held twice in a year, June and December. We will identify such villages and ensure that the session is conducted as per the norms.”

She said their top priority would be to ensure that suicide affected families as well as those from economically weaker sections got work under MGNREGA. “The successive state governments have failed the farm suicide hit families, as they neither extended any compensation to them nor provided them with any job,” she said. Kiranjit said many families are barely able to make both ends meet and therefore work provided to their members under MGNREGA will help them eke out a livelihood.

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