Punjabi poet Surjit patar on Monday said he would return his Padma Shri award in solidarity with farmers. Patar, chairman of the Punjab Arts Council, received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1993 and Padma Shri in 2012. “I’m at pains to describe the way the central government is treating farmers. The government must listen to their miseries.I have taken the decision with a heavy heart, ”he said. Former punjab chief minister Parkash singh badal too has announced that he is returning his Padma vibhushan.