Farmers’ assns ask TN CM to hike drought relief

The delegation demanded a compensation of Rs 10,000 and 30kg of rice free of cost per month, per family.

Farmers’ assns ask TN CM to hike drought relief

A delegation of 12 farmers associations in Tamil Nadu has met Chief Minister O Panneerselvam demanding to hike the drought relief announced by the state on January 10.

The delegation also submitted a memorandum in this regard on Tuesday.

It said the government should revise the drought relief package of Rs 5,565 per acre for paddy crop, Rs 5,465 per acre for irrigated crop and Rs 7,287 per acre for rain-fed crops and demanded to include farm labourers too in the package, who are largely in a distress and being forced to leave villages to cities and other states in search of jobs,

IE reported. The delegation demanded a compensation of Rs 10,000 and 30kg of rice free of cost per month, per family.

It also demanded the state government to immediately start the desalting works on water bodies, for which the government had allocated Rs 3,400 crore. The delegation also demanded the government to expedite measures to resist the Kerala government from constructing check dams across the Bhavani river and speed up linking of intra-state rivers announced in 2011.

K Balakrishnan, president of Tamil Nadu Farmers’ Associations, a body that represent 10 leading farmers’ associations and farm labourers unions, said the government compensation of Rs 5,565 per acre was not enough when the cost of production per acre alone exceeds Rs 18,000. “Moreover, the government scheme did not include farm labourers, who are the worst affected in this crisis without work or any other income. The government said that they will consider the demand,” he said.