While Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar said Friday that the Center does not keep records of farmer deaths during ongoing protests against three agricultural laws, the Punjab government has confirmed 220 such deaths of farmers and farm workers from the state, and issued 10.86 rupees. crores of compensation to the relatives of all those who died.
Punjab government figures contacted Indian express showed that data from 220 farmers / agricultural workers had been verified by 20 July. Of the 220 deaths, 203 (92%) farmer / agricultural workers were from the Malwa region of the state, while 11 (5%) were from Majhi and six (2.7%) from Doaba.
SKM said 400 farmers were killed during the protest. Punjab government sources said more deaths are being screened.
According to the state government, the highest number of farmer / agricultural worker deaths was recorded in the Sangrur area, where 43 such deaths have occurred in the past eight months. The government has authorized compensation of 5 lakhs in each case. A total of Rs 2.13 crore has already been donated to families in the area.
The second largest number of such deaths was recorded in the Batinda area, where 33 such deaths occurred, and the government authorized a total of Rs 1.65 crores for the next of kin of these deceased farmers.
In addition, 27 cases were confirmed in Mog, 25 in Patiala, 17 in Barnal, 15 in Mansa, 14 in Mukatsar Sahib, 13 in Ludhiana.
Fazilka, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur reported seven, six and five deaths, respectively, while Amritsar and Nawanshehr reported four deaths each. Mohali and Tarn Taran reported three and two deaths respectively, and Jalandhar and Kapurthala each reported one death.
In addition, about two dozen more deceased farmers and agricultural workers are being screened in various areas, and almost all of them could be included in this list, the sources said.
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently stated that their government is also providing work out of compassion for one member of the deceased’s family, and the process has already begun.
Farmers in every 18 to 85 age group died during the protest, with the largest number in the 40 to 60 age group.
Farmers’ unions are also collecting details of such deaths at their own level, and according to them, to date, more than 500 farmers / agricultural workers have died during the protest in Delhi, of which about 85 percent are from Punjab alone. This figure also includes deaths in the Punjab during local protests against three agricultural laws.
According to SKM, farmers in several states have died in the protest, but Punjab unions are collecting data with missionary zeal.