Whether should one laugh or feel pity for the plight of farmers in our country. As per a recent news report, the Tamil Nadu farmers received Rs. 7 and Rs. 10 cheques from the government in order to alleviate the pain of the crop loss. The cheques were issued through Dindigul Central Cooperative Bank Ltd. Howbeit; the government accepted it as errors and urged the insurance companies to rectify those clerical errors.
Whether this was clerical errors or something was purposely done we do not know but this implies the plight of the farmers in our country. The farmers are eligible to get Rs. 26,000/acre of paddy for yield loss. Rs. 12,000 on pulses and up to Rs. 20,000 for millets as compensation under the crop insurance scheme.
The farmers in the state are also demanding a drought relief package worth Rs. 40,000 crores, a farm loan waiver and Cauvery Management board set up by the centre. When the Tamil Nadu government failed to meet the demands of the farmers, the farmers even held agitations in the national capital.
In addition to this, the agrarian community apart from that of Tamil Nadu under a 10 member working committee is about to begin a ‘padyathra’ for the implementation of Swaminathan Committee report and provision of better MSP (Minimum Support Price) for the agricultural produce.
Amidst this, the Cauvery Delta Farmers fear that the court verdict to reduce the TN share of Cauvery water by 14.75 TMC is further going to affect the irrigation of over one-lakh acres of farmland. For the timely release of the river water, the committee is insisting on setting up the Cauvery board soon.