Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday pledged a government post to relatives of farmers who have died amid unrest against Center farm laws if his party-led coalition comes to power in the State. It also ensured free education for the children and grandchildren of these farmers.
The remarks sparked a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who said the SAD chief was making “shameless” attempts to “trick” farmers by promising something the current state government had already started. to run a long time ago.
Earlier, Badal, in a tweet, said: “Today I assure the Punjabis: immediately after the formation of the government in 2022, SAD-BSP will honor the martyrs of Kisan Andolan with one government job per family, one free education for their children and grandchildren until the end of the year. -diploma and health insurance coverage for the whole family ”.
Badal said that for the past seven months, farmers have camped on Delhi’s borders, demanding the repeal of “black” farm laws. He said more than 550 farmers have “sacrificed” their lives during this turmoil.
“We are committed to ensuring that farmers receive their fair due. While we support the movement against the three laws that aim to end government-assured purchase of food grains at the minimum support price, we also see it as our duty to ensure that those who have died by fighting for justice receive their due. Once we are elected to power, we will implement the promises made to the martyred families at the very first meeting of the state cabinet, ”he added.
Badal said that “besides public jobs and free education, the SAD-BSP government would also provide free medical insurance to these families.”
The Punjab’s CM, however, trashed Badal’s announcements and called them a “last resort” effort to convince farmers that his party had “alienated” itself because of farm laws.
“Do you think the farmers of Punjab are fools who will be fooled by your desperate statements,” asked the chief minister.
“How do you propose to do something that has already been done,” he asked again, adding that “we made these announcements while you were still busy conspiring with your political masters, the BJP, to destroy our farmers “.
Ridiculing Badal’s “pipe dream” of the Akalis coming to power in Punjab, which he and his party had “ruined” during the 10 years of SAD-BJP rule, the CM declared with its “frivolous” promises, Badal has proven his complete lack of any connection to people on the pitch.
His government is already paying Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of every farmer who died during the unrest, the CM said.
Of the 237 farmers in Punjab who have died so far during the ongoing unrest, the families of 191 have already received compensation totaling Rs 9.46.50,000, the CM said.
Compensation for the rest of the families is ongoing and will be paid long before the Akalis even finalize their election campaign, he said in the statement.
The CM further underlined that he had personally advertised jobs for the parents of farmers who died several months ago and that the Ministry of Finance is at an advanced stage of finalizing the candidates.