Punjab Govt.’s Compensation for Families of Those Who Commit Suicide Could Boost the Trend

A farmer commits suicidePunjab government yesterday announced its decision to hike compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who put an end to their lives by committing suicide. An official spokesperson of the agriculture department stated that the government would compensate a victim’s family with a financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh.

Previously, the compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who commit suicide was Rs 2 lakh.
The spokesperson also announced that Punjab government also announced decision to give compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of farmers or labourers who died of snake-bite. An assistance of Rs 20,000 will be provided for severe injuries and Rs 5,000 for treatment of wounds caused by snake-bites.

While I have no problem with the government’s decision to provide financial assistance to the families of those who get wounded or died in an accident. But I will staunchly oppose the government’s decision to provide money to the families of those who committed suicide; not because I am against helping the victims’ families but because it will encourage many more people to commit suicide.  It will further aggravate the problem.

Let me say if the Punjab government really wants to help debt-ridden farmers, they should help them when they are alive. Politicians must known that their policies are slowly strangulating marginal farmers.
 


6/26/2015
Punjab Govt.’s Compensation for Families of Those Who Commit Suicide Could Boost the Trend
A farmer commits suicidePunjab government yesterday announced its decision to hike compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who put an end to their lives by committing suicide. An official spokesperson of the agriculture department stated that the government would compensate a victim’s family with a financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh.

Previously, the compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who commit suicide was Rs 2 lakh.
The spokesperson also announced that Punjab government also announced decision to give compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of farmers or labourers who died of snake-bite. An assistance of Rs 20,000 will be provided for severe injuries and Rs 5,000 for treatment of wounds caused by snake-bites.

While I have no problem with the government’s decision to provide financial assistance to the families of those who get wounded or died in an accident. But I will staunchly oppose the government’s decision to provide money to the families of those who committed suicide; not because I am against helping the victims’ families but because it will encourage many more people to commit suicide.  It will further aggravate the problem.

Let me say if the Punjab government really wants to help debt-ridden farmers, they should help them when they are alive. Politicians must known that their policies are slowly strangulating marginal farmers.