The Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangham has demanded immediate payment of compensation of Rs.15, 000 per acre to the farmers of Perambalur district from the National Disaster Fund.

Members of the sangham, led by its State general secretary Rajachidambaram, staged a demonstration here on Wednesday in support of their demands. They pointed out that farmers of rainfed areas and those dependent on well irrigation could not take up any cultivation this financial year because of the serious drought and Karnataka’s refusal to release water in the Cauvery. Thus ayacutdars of Pullampadi

canal, and Old and New Kattalai Mettu Vaikals have been left high and dry. Hence, the Chief Minister should immediately order payment of compensation to such farmers, they pleaded.

They also demanded that loans taken by farmers from co-operative and nationalised banks should be written off. All those farmers who have registered themselves with Tangedco for getting power connection for their pumpsets under the special scheme, which promised two lakh connections, should be given connection at the earliest.

Besides, electrics posts, transformers and lines, most of which were more than 50 years old, should be replaced. Their demands include hike in price of cow’s milk by Rs.5 a litre and buffalo milk by Rs.8 a litre.