'Conscience doesn't allow': Agricultural scientist Varinderpal Singh refuses to accept award in solidarity with farmers

Singh was a joint winner of the Fertiliser Association of India Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence for the best work done in the field of plant nutrition. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a gold medal and a citation

Press Trust of India December 09, 2020 16:34:46 IST
'Conscience doesn't allow': Agricultural scientist Varinderpal Singh refuses to accept award in solidarity with farmers

Farmers hold candles in support of the Haryana farmers organisations near outskirts of Amritsar. AFP

New Delhi: Varinderpal Singh, an agriculture scientist from Punjab Agricultural University, has refused to accept fertiliser industry body FAI's golden jubilee award in support of farmers' ongoing protest against new farm laws.

Varinderpal Singh was a joint winner of the Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence for the best work done in the field of plant nutrition. The award includes Rs 2 lakh cash, gold medal, and citation.

FAI's Director-General Satish Chander confirmed that Singh refused to accept the award during its annual function held on Monday.

"It was not right on his part, having come all the way, to refuse to accept this academic award," Chander told PTI.

There were a total of 34 awards across various categories, he added.

Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Lal Mandaviya was present at the award function.

"I have a humble submission that at this time of crisis for the nation when farmers are on the roads, my conscience does not allow me to receive this award," Singh was being heard saying in a video uploaded on social media platforms.

Singh, who is a Principal Soil Chemist, Department of Soil Science, Punjab Agricultural University, also apologised for not accepting the award.

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