Tamil Nadu farmers temporarily call off stir

Ebony Scott
June 11, 2017

By holding candles, the protesting farmers said that they want the Centre to waive off farm loans and to drop the hydro carbon project it had proposed to implement in the state. The farmers led by P Ayyakkannu had launched a month-long protest till July 10 at Chepauk in support of their demands which includes waiver of crop loans availed by them in the backdrop of the unprecedented drought leading to crop failure and huge loss to the farmers. They began the protest by paying homage to the six farmers who were killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh earlier this week.

Raising slogans seeking justice for farmers, Mr Ayyakkanu, president of the National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association, said they faced a slew of problems and urged the government to look into their demands. The government should immediately take steps to disburse comprehensive drought relief and stop dragging its feet on the issue, Mr Ayakkanu said.

"If our demands are not met in two months, we will resume our protests", Ayyakannu told reporters.

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Giving the state government a sigh of relief, Tamil Nadu farmers on Saturday afternoon called off their protest after getting an assurance that their demands will be met within 2 months, reported ANI.

Although they had withdrawn their New Delhi agitation on April 23 after meeting Chief Minister K Palaniswami, they resumed an indefinite protest in Chennai alleging that the CM failed to keep his promise. He also reiterated the demand to write off farm loans."The CM had said that drought relief would be paid to all affected farmers in Tamil Nadu". The drought has not only turned landlords into paupers, but it has also led to the migration of many farmers to cities to work as daily wage labourers.

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