CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday pledged a government post to relatives of farmers who died in agitation over Central Farm laws if his party-led coalition comes to power in the state .
The president of the SAD also ensured free education for the children and grandchildren of the farmers who lost their lives during the demonstration. The SAD is contesting the 2022 Assembly polls in the state in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
“Today I assure the Punjabis: immediately after the formation of the government in 2022, the SAD-BSP will honor the martyrs of Kisan Andolan with one government job per family, free education for their children and grandchildren until on graduation and health insurance coverage for the whole family, ”Badal said in a tweet.
Today, I assure the Punjabis: immediately after the formation of the government in 2022, SAD-BSP will honor the martyrs of #KisanAndolan with one government job per family, free education for their children and grandchildren until graduation, and health insurance coverage for the whole family.@Akali_Dal_ pic.twitter.com/240jQ5e9DZ
– Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) July 9, 2021
In a video posted to his Twitter account, Badal has said for the past seven months that farmers have camped on the borders of Delhi, demanding the repeal of “black” agricultural laws brought by the Modi government to the Center.
He said more than 550 farmers have “sacrificed” their lives during this turmoil. “If the SAD-BSP alliance comes to power, its first decision will be to provide government jobs to a family member of every farmer who died during the unrest,” Badal said.
He also hoped that the farmers would be victorious in their agitation against the three agricultural laws.
Farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been camping at the Delhi borders since November last year, demanding that the Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Assurance and The Agricultural Services Law of 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Law of 2020 be rescinded and a new law be passed to ensure a minimum support price for crops.
However, the government has maintained that the laws are favorable to farmers. Several rounds of talks between farmers and the government have failed to break the deadlock on the three laws.