TN Govt., Centre turning a deaf ear to farmers woes: Opposition

Chennai, Mar. 13 (ANI): The opposition parties, including the DMK and MDMK, on Sunday voiced concern over the suicide of a farmer in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu and accused the J. Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK Government of turning a deaf ear to the woes of the farming community.

DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan said the farmers are facing many difficulties in the AIADMK rule and alleged that the state government is the sole reason behind the suicides.

“The state missionary has failed; the police is attacking the farmers who have borrowed loans from the banks. They could not repay the loans because of the failure of the crops. It is the government’s non-performance and natural calamity which are the cause of the loss of crops,” he added.

“The state government is a deaf government; they don’t listen to any grievances of the farmers,” Elangovan said.

Extremely upset over an incident where a farmer in Thanjavur was thrashed by the police for defaulting on loan payment, MDMK founder Vaiko said both the Tamil Nadu Government and the Centre are behaving like monsters.

“It is atrocious and intolerance that a farmer is dragged for the non-payment of loans. A farmer is man of honour and dignity and by attacking him, they have shattered his dignity. This government is anti-farmers, anti-poor,” he added.

26-year-old Alagar, a native of Orathur village near Ariyalur, purchased a tractor with a loan of Rs. Seven lakh sanctioned by a private finance firm a few months ago. While he is said to have repaid Rs. Five lakh, he failed to make the EMI payments for the last few months. The finance company seized his tractor on Thursday for non-repayment of loan.

Upset and humiliated by the incident, Alagar attempted suicide by consuming poison. The farmer was taken to the hospital on Friday and died in the night after failing to respond to treatment. (ANI)

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