Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar fed a discussion on Wednesday as he said agriculturists who submit suicide are quitters. He continued saying that the state government would not extend any assistance to the groups of the individuals who submitted suicide as the organization is not for whiny little babies. The pastors remarks took a swing at during a period when a few agriculturists in the state resort into making the amazing stride after unseasonal downpours and hailstorms demolished yields.
“Suicide is a crime. According to Indian law, suicide is a crime. A person who commits suicide runs away from his responsibilities. Such people are cowards and the government cannot stand by such cowards or criminals,” OP Dhankar, the Agriculture Minister in the state’s BJP government, said on Tuesday.
On Monday, Chief Minister ML Khattar had criticised the previous Congress government for being “insensitive” to farmers and then announced a compensation of Rs. 1,092 crore for those who have suffered massive crop loss.
“We must recognise that suicide comes out of desperation. This is rubbing salt on aggrieved families’ wounds. We must be more sensitive to farmers’ plight,” said Odisha parliamentarian BJ Panda.
“I condemn O P Dhankar’s comments on farmers. This shows the mindset of the BJP,” said KC Tyagi, a leader of the Janata Dal United.
Farmer suicides became the focus of a national debate after a man from Rajasthan hanged himself at an Aam Aadmi Party rally in Delhi last week.
The Chief Minister slammed the previous Congress-led State government for “unwarranted delay” and paying “paltry” sum of compensation to farmers for their damaged crops.
“How insensitive the previous state government was to farmers’ problems could be gauged from the amount of compensation paid as it was not the first time natural calamity wrecked havoc in the state,” he said.