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Rahul slams Centre for saying 'no record' of farmers' deaths, seeks compensation for kin of deceased farmers

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed the Centre for not having a record of farmers who died during the agitation against the farm laws and alleged that the Centre is left with "no decency" to pay farmers their dues while referring to giving compensation to the kin of "700" such farmers.

"PM himself has said that he has made a mistake, he has apologised to the nation. As a result of that mistake, 700 people have died. Now you are lying about their names. Why don't you have the decency to give them what is their due?" questioned the Congress leader while addressing a press conference here today.

He alleged that when a question was asked in Parliament on whether the government proposes to provide financial assistance to the kin of farmers who died during the farmers' agitation, the Ministry replied that "it has no record in the matter and hence the question doesn't arise."

The Congress leader said, "A question was asked in Parliament whether Government proposes to provide financial assistance to the kin of farmers who died during the farmers' agitation. Minister answers that the Ministry of Agriculture has no record in the matter and hence the question doesn't arise."

He further said, "We have 403 people whom Government of Punjab has compensated Rs 5 Lakh each and has given jobs to 152. We also have a list of 100 names from other states and a third list which is public info of names that can easily be verified. But Government says that such a list does not exist."

"The Centre did not even express condolences to these farmers," he added.

The Congress MP's remarks came after the Centre on Wednesday said that it has no record of farmers who died during the agitation against the farm laws.

 

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