Chennai, April 5: On Tuesday, the Madras High Court 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 to take an initiative to help Tamil Nadu financially.
Meanwhile, the Madras High Court also restrained the cooperative societies and banks from recovering their dues. A bench headed by Justice S Nagamuthu and Justice M V Muralidaran gave the order while allowing a petition by National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturists Association. The bench said “we are aware that the state’s financial situation is grim. The chief secretary, in her letter to the advocate general, also reiterated the same. The government is already single-handedly shouldering the burden of Rs 5,780 Crore and it will be an additional burden to bear Rs 1,980.33 Crore.”
In this difficult situation, the central government cannot be a silent spectator and should come forward to extend help to the state government, the court added.
It also directed the cooperation, food and consumer protection department and registrar of cooperative societies to extend the crop loan waiver scheme under two government orders of 2016, to all farmers, including those whose landholding was more than five acres. “We further direct the department to issue a necessary consequential order extending the impugned scheme to all farmers. The order shall be issued within three months from today,” the bench said.
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.”