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It is reported in the press today that a Joint General Manager of Public Sector company, HMT, Kanwal Singh Nagi, committed suicide by leaping down from a 45 feet high water tank. It is also reported that he took the extreme step due to financial difficulties, since salary was not received for months. HMT is in loss for some years and the staff are not being paid salary.

Thousands of kisans have been committing suicide in the last few years, unable to repay debts. Now an employee in a PSU has committed suicide.

We express our deep grief and convey our condolences to the bereave family, friends and colleagues. The government should immediately act and give sufficient funds to all loss making PSUs for payment of salaries to the staff.