Punjab Farmers: 3 Lakhs Health Insurance Cards to farmers will be distributed by Government Punjab: Punjab government will soon provide 3 lakhs health insurance cards to the farmers to empower them in the state. According to the reports in the media, the state government will provide health insurance cards under the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna.
Disclosing the fact, an official spokesperson said that Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh will distribute the cards to state farmers at Sangrur today.
According to the trusted sources, the distribution of 3,03,074 pre-active cashless farmers health insurance cards will be provided under the first phase of the imitative.
Under the schemes, farmers and their families will be provide health cover up to Rs 50,000 for their treatment and compensation of Rs 5 Lakhs in case of death of the head of the family or any circumstances which may cause 100% disability to that person.
Today, Sikandar Singh Maluka Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Punjab will distribute the pre-active health cards at Bathinda today.
Punjab Agrarian Crisis is not new to one of the major producer of food crops in India. These days, when we often come to hear the news of farmer’s suicide from Maharashtra and oter parts of the country.
According to the study, after Maharashtra, Punjab has the highest number of farmers’s suicide cases.
A simple study indicated that about 30% of 1,690 suicide cases in 10 states during 2015 has been reported in Punjab – the Wheat Bowl of India.
In fact, the 2016 Union Budget didn’t seem enough to stop farmers’ suicides in India.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had sought PM Modi’s interference so that the farmers in Punjab can get some relief from an agrarian crisis.
In December 2015, Badal had written to the PM and raised some concern of the farmers like:
The difference between the prices of agricultural produce and costs of fertilisers, pesticides, machinery and labour.
In a competition to greater yield and contribute to the central pool, the Punjab farmers have “bartered away” two natural resources: soil fertility and water.
Farmers in Punjab suffered huge financial stress because of “unviable and totally untenable prices of foodgrains” as the Centre wanted to keep them affordable for the poor.
On the other hand, AAP tries to take up another agenda, while BJP-SAD alliance tries to make their possible concern for the farmers in the Punjab. The AAP state convener Sucha singh Chotepur scheduled to address the nearly 2,000 farmers at Shahkot in Jalandhar district and will add protest against the notices issued for the cancellation of registries of some approved land issued in 2007.
With coming assembly election in mind, AAP has sided with the farmers in the Punjab and will organize protest from 26 villages.
The farmers wanted to raise the issue of why they should need to pay for the land which they have vacated.