TN Govt, Centre not taking farmers' plight seriously: Congress

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

"Last year, the bank issued a default notice that they may take over my property, which my wife received while I was not home".

"But, more farmers and youngsters from our state are on the way to Delhi to support us", said Sadasivam, a protesting farmer.

Farmers have been protesting for demands of a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore from the Centre for Tamil Nadu, farm loan waiver, setting up of the Cauvery Management Board and the unification of rivers among others.

Today, a section of farmers protesting in Delhi have allegedly attempted to commit suicide. He recalled that the Tamil Nadu government had requested the Centre for Rs 39,565 crore for drought relief but the Centre had allotted only Rs 1,658 crore, "that too for the objective of providing inputs for future cultivation". They have been demanding that the Centre immediately release funds to compensate them for their crop losses, declare Tamil Nadu a drought hit state, and waive off their debts.

Meanwhile, farmers together with DMK MP Trichy Siva met with Arun Jaitley at around 1:40pm on Tuesday.

The harsh weather conditions, age and unavailability of suitable food has started taking toll on the health of protesting Tamil Nadu farmers and have sought reinforcements from their native villages.

The farmers delegation headed by P Ayyakannu along with Tamil Manila Congress president G K Vasan, who offered his support to the farmers at Jantar Mantar in the morning, met the president and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

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