After the information of Punjab authorities planning to launch medical health insurance playing cards for farmers hit the online yesterday evening, the professional-authorities reactions began to return pouring in on social media. The hash tag #PunjabwithFarmers has been trending for lengthy with individuals unanimously agreeing that the federal government has stored its promise of serving to the farmers who’ve been on the forefront of guaranteeing meals safety of India.
Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna

Within the first part of this bold venture, the Punjab authorities will distribute medical health insurance playing cards to three,03,074 cashless farmers. Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh is scheduled to fulfill the farmers of Sangrur district on eleven April and monitor the distribution of playing cards. Sikandar Singh Maluka, rural improvement and panchayats minister, can even distribute well being playing cards at Bathinda on the identical day.

Underneath this scheme, farmers and their households will obtain well being cowl of as much as Rs. 50,000 for his or her therapy.
In case of the demise of the top of the household or accident inflicting a hundred per cent incapacity to that individual, the household of the farmer will get a compensation of Rs. 5. lakh.
Beneath Bhagat Puran Singh Well being Insurance coverage Scheme, farmers will get cashless (and free) remedy. The target is to supply farmers higher therapy in empanelled hospitals.

Punjab Agrarian Disaster is Not a New Phenomenon

The rationale why persons are singing praises of this welfare scheme is straightforward: instances of suicides by farmers have seen a surge in the previous few years. To provide the statistics, after Maharashtra, Punjab has the best variety of such instances. The variety of suicides dedicated by Punjab farmers in 2015 attributable to agrarian disaster stands at 449. It’s only second to Maharashtra, which has witnessed 725 circumstances. A easy examine means that about 30 per cent of 1,690 suicide instances in 10 states throughout 2015 has been reported in Punjab – the Wheat Bowl of India. Actually, the 2016 Union Finances didn’t appear sufficient to cease farmers’ suicides in India.
Punjab CM’s considerations weren’t unfounded

A lot earlier than the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna was chalked out and applied, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had sought PM Modi’s intervention in order that the farming neighborhood in Punjab can get some respite from an agrarian disaster.

In December 2015, Badal had written to the PM with following issues:

There was an enormous mismatch between the costs of agricultural produce and prices of fertilisers, pesticides, equipment and labour.
In a bid to see a larger yield and contribute to the central pool, the Punjab farmers have “bartered away” two pure assets: soil fertility and water.
Farmers in Punjab suffered enormous monetary stress due to“unviable and completely untenable costs of foodgrains” because the Centre wished to maintain them reasonably priced for the poor.

AAP takes up one other agenda

Whereas the federal government is making an attempt to handle the considerations of the farmers by launching this insurance coverage scheme, the AAP has taken up one other situation to exert additional stress on the BJP-SAD alliance. The AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chotepur is scheduled to deal with near 2,000 farmers at Shahkot in Jalandhar district and add tooth to protest towards the notices issued for the cancellation of registries of some lands formally issued in 2007.

Preserving 2017 meeting polls in thoughts, the AAP has sided with the farmers from 26 villages to protest in opposition to the federal government over the difficulty. The farmers need to ask the federal government why they have been requested to pay for lands which they should vacate.