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Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Farmers put off stir till May 25 after TN CM plea

Farmers put off stir till May 25 after TN CM plea

Farmers from Tamil Nadu who have been on protest sit-in here for the past 40 days, on Sunday announced suspension of their demonstration till May 25 after they met state Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

However, with little or no attention being paid to them, the farmers have executed several other tactics to get attention.

For the past 40 days, they are camping at Jantar Mantar, demanding loan waivers and a relief package of 61 billion USA dollars to compensate their losses.

"If our demands are not fulfilled we will start our protest again after 25th May".

Lok Sabha deputy speaker M. Thambidurai, who also accompanied the CM, said the Tamil Nadu government was working on the demands raised by the protestors. "We also want it".

"The chief minister and the union finance minister have the power to take a call on our demands".

The Madras High Court, too, had directed state government to expand its farm loan waiver scheme to include farmers who own land over five acres.

Fueled by one of the worst droughts in decades, farmers in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, exhausted of the lack of adequate compensation, severe losses to their livelihoods, and rising rates of suicide took to Delhi to protest.

In order to grab attention of the authorities, the farmers have used human skulls in their protest and protested naked in front of the Prime Minister's residence.

The farmers have been demanding Centre's intervention to write off their loans from nationalised banks, a revised drought relief package and resolve the alleged drying up of the Tamil Nadu leg of the Kaveri river.

Over last 39 days, they have shaved half of their moustache and head, kept mice and snakes in their mouth, conducted mock funerals, stripped, flogged themselves and carried skulls of other farmers, who had committed suicide due to debt pressure.

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