Farmers across the district have expressed disappointment as the district administration has made it clear that the special grievances meeting for farmers will not be conducted till the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in effect – on October 4, ahead of the by poll in Yercaud Assembly Segment. It will be in effect till the result of the by poll is announced.

As part of the MCC, the district administration had issued statements stating that the regular and grievance meetings will not be held until the elections are over. On Monday, officials from the Agriculture Department informed some of the regular participants in the monthly farmers’ grievances meetings that the meeting will not be conducted this month.

“The official said that the monthly farmers grievance meeting – that is conducted on the third or fourth Friday – will not be conducted in October and November and that the next meeting will be conducted only in December. This has come as a shock for the farmers community”, President of United Farmers Association of Tamil Nadu C. Vaiyapuri said.

He noted that with the arrival of the North East Monsoon agriculture is picking up after a dry season that lasted for about one and a half years.

“Now is the season when agricultural is at the peak of the year. An announcement that farmers from across the district won’t have a platform to get our grievances redressed, because of a by poll in an Assembly Segment, is disappointing”, he added.

The farmers association President said that they would make a representation to the Returning Officer of the assembly segment, the District Collector (District Electoral Officer) and to the Chief Election Commissioner to consider the plight of farmers of this district and to conduct the monthly grievances meetings for farmers in October and November.