SC slams Tamil Nadu Govt saying it cannot leave poverty-struck farmers at the mercy of their fate
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 14: After Tamil Nadu was declared drought hit, the farmers committed suicide and didn’t get the needed relief. Hence the Supreme Court pulled up Tamil Nadu government over farmers' suicides and said it cannot leave the poverty-struck agriculturalists at the mercy of their fate.A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the state government and sought its response within two weeks on the plea filed by Tamil Nadu-based NGO. It said that a government cannot be allowed to be insensitive towards the plight of the drought-hit farmers who commit suicide and the state must take necessary steps to grant relief to them.

The bench also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar also asked the government to come up with certain schemes and measures before it. The order came in the backdrop of protests by drought-hit farmers in the national capital demanding loan waiver and drought-relief package. The farmers from the southern state have been demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore, farm loan waiver and setting up of Cauvery Management Board by the Centre.

The Madras High Court earlier ordered the Tamil Nadu government to waive off all the loans of drought-hit farmers which aim to help and give relief to the farmers. The Madras High Court observed that the state is severely struck by drought and so many farmers are committing suicide; it suggested government take an initiative to help Tamil Nadu financially.

The farmers have been protesting since March 13, with efforts to attract the central government they tried many things. Like some of them rolled on floor underclothes carried out ‘angapradakshinam’, half shaved off their hairs, put snakes in their mouth, brought the skulls of those farmers who committed suicides etc. One of the farmers expressed gratitude saying that “We are happy that this order came in our favor. But we want a solution from central government for our issues.”