Hit By Indebtedness and Suicides, Punjab Farmers Worry New Laws Will Make Things Worse
Researchers have found that small and marginal farmers and Dalit landless labourers are worst affected by the region's agrarian distress.
by Pawanjot Kaur
Ensure that children of rural suicide victims stay in school by financially assisting their families
Provide higher education to a distressed area through a college and scholarships for vocational training
Three ways to help
RESCUE & REVIVAL
Rescue & Revival is a Project Of The Baba Nanak Educational Society
The aim of BNES is to keep children whose parents have committed suicide in school by providing their families monthly
BNES investigates and fully recods cases of rural suicide taking affidavits from village panchayats for verification of debtrelated suicide
Availing of goverment help if diffcult BNES help victim families get state welfare pensions to which they are entitled .These pensions are small,but even small amounts can mean the difference between hope and despair and save family from the trauma of second or third even suicides
BNES pressures state and central goverments to rehabilites families of suicide victims and remove the causes of rural distress that drive people to take their own lives
UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM
All over india ,farmers and farm labourers are back-to-the-wall.The impact on Punjab is especially servere since the economy of this state depends almost exclusively on agriculture.
Agrarian distress has been building up for the past many years because
Grain prices lag far behind rapidly rising input costs
Land holdings fragment below economic viability
Employment outside of agriculture for poorly educated
villagers is non existent
Jasmer Singh Jaijee College
Jasmer Singh Jaijee College, founded by Aman Sidhu in 2004, has expanded steadily. Before 2004, Moonak & Lehra Subdivisions of district Sangrur had no degree college.
The college functions in a newly constructed building on a 12-acre campus just outside Gurney Kalan in Lehra tehsil of District Sangrur. Fees are waived for children of suicide victims. Some donors have directly provided scholarships for nursing training and law college.
Generous donations have enabled the college to construct an auditorium and athletic facilities, including a stadium.
The college takes no aid from the government; it meets its expenses entirely out of fees and assistance from donors. Jasmer Singh Jaijee College is affiliated to Punjabi University and offers BA, B Com, M Com, BCA, PGDCA, M.Sc-IT, MA (Punjabi). Staff strength now stands at 20.
In addition to academics, the college organises many extra-curricular activities. Students are very active in the National Service Scheme (NSS) and the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
2020 - the 'Coronavirus Year' - was difficult for all colleges, so it is a matter of great satisfaction that Jasmer Singh Jaijee College has weathered the storm. Although funds have been tight, not one teacher has been retrenched. Rather, the college has gone forward with small projects such as tree-plantation and campus beautification. Now regular classes have begun again and exams will be held on schedule. Plans for 2021 include addition of a collegiate wing that will admit +1 and +2 students with college ambitions. We will also be relocating and improving the college canteen.