Chandigarh, August 6
Fulfilling another major promise with the farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday said the state government has completed the process to provide financial assistance worth Rs 39.55 crore to the families of 789 farmers who had attained martyrdom during the protest against the farm laws.
The Chief Minister said that families of the martyred farmer have been given Rs 5 lakh each by the state government as financial assistance. He said that 89 families have received financial assistance worth Rs 4.60 crore in Mansa, 21 families of Tarn Taran have got Rs 1.05 crore, 117 families of Sangrur have got Rs 5.85 crore, 69 families of Moga have received Rs 3.45 crore, 10 families of Fazilka have got Rs 50 lakh, 48 families of Ludhiana have got Rs 2.37 crore, 43 families of Barnala have received Rs 2.15 crore, 111 families of Patiala have got Rs 5.55 crore, 19 families of Amritsar have got Rs 95 lakh, seven families of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar have got Rs 35 lakh, 10 families of SAS Nagar have got Rs 50 lakh and 83 families of Bathinda have got Rs 4.15 crore.
Likewise, the Chief Minister said that the government has provided Rs 1.73 crore as financial assistance to 35 families in Sri Muktsar Sahib, Rs 1 crore to 20 families in Gurdaspur, Rs 1.20 crore to 24 families in Fatehgarh Sahib, Rs 60 lakh to 12 families in Jalandhar, Rs 75 lakh to 15 families in Ferozepur, Rs 50 lakh to 10 families Hoshiarpur, Rs 5 lakh to one family in Kapurthala, Rs 20 lakh to four families in Malerkotla, Rs 1.50 crore to 30 families in Faridkot and Rs 55 lakh to 11 families in Rupnagar.
Bhagwant Mann said the state government is duty bound to safeguard the interests of the farmers and their families. He unequivocally said that every promise made with the food growers of the state will be fulfilled.
The Chief Minister reiterated the firm commitment of the state government to bail out the farmers of the state from current agrarian crisis. He said that the state government has already introduced an alternative crop in form of Moong, the purchase of which is being done on MSP. Bhagwant Mann further said that the state government has also given financial assistance to the farmers opting for direct sowing of rice.
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