Tamil Nadu Farmers Protest Enters 23rd Day
Since March 14th farmers from Tamil Nadu is protesting in Delhi seeking drought relief fund, load waiver, setting up of a Cauvery Management Board and other key things from government. They entered 23rd day and protesting with half shaved head and moustache. They keep strong in their protest and say they won’t return home without achieving what they demand. They continue to raise voice against Central government. The head of them Ayyakannu theatrens if there is no action in next 7 days they could slit their throats.
TN farmers receive support from various other state particularly huge Punjab state farmers and Bharati Kisan Union collaborated with farmers of Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu has been recorded as a worst ever hit drought in 140 years. On January, the state government had declared it as the drought hit state. Several farmers had committed suicide due to crop failure and debt. It was reported in one month more than 100 farmers were died in the state.
The state government had allotted 2,247 crore as drought relief for Tamil Nadu farmers. The group of farmers on the head of Ayyakannu began their protest at Jantar Mantar demanding several claims that includes nearly Rs. 40000 crore drought relief package. After a week-long protest central government sanctioned Rs. 1748.28 crore which is very small compared to their demand.
The Madras High today ordered to waive off all section of farmers debt at Cooperative Bank. Ayyakannu said the nationalized banks should do the same.