Punjab earmarks Rs 66 crore for farmer suicide-hit families

March 22, 2013 0 Comments

TNN Mar 21, 2013, 05.10AM IST

CHANDIGARH: Punjab government has earmarked Rs 66 crore for the families of those farmers and farm workers who had committed suicide. The 4,688 affected families will get Rs 2 lakh each. This comes as a big relief for the ailing families.

In its previous 2012-13 plan, the state government had released first installment of Rs 30 crore meant for the families of farmers who committed suicide from 2001 to 2010.

Due to financial crunch, many farmers and farm workers of Punjab are left with no option but to commit suicide. Around 5,000 farmers and farm laborers had committed suicide in Punjab due to financial difficulties in the past one decade.