They were backed by cadres of DMK and CPI (M)
Members of the CPI (M), DMK and their respective farmers’ wings formed a human chain here on Saturday demanding relief of Rs. 25,000 per acre for the farmers of Cauvery delta districts who lost their samba crop this year.
The chain was formed from the old bus stand to Vandikara Street along Gandhiji Road and Railway Station Road in Thanjavur town.
Shanmugham, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, Pakkirisamy, district secretary of the Tamil Nadu Vivasaya Thozhilalargal Sangam (both affiliated to the CPI (M)) and T. Selvam, district convener of the DMK farmers’ wing, joined the human chain.
Mr. Shanmugham said that when cadres of the CPI (M) and its farmers’ wings organised picketing of Collectorates at Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam last month demanding relief, the government had promised to sanction the relief. The high-power committee, which visited the Cauvery Delta districts, had also assured of relief.
Rs. 25,000 per acre
“We were expecting the announcement in the Governor’s address. But it has not been announced. We demand Rs. 25,000 per acre for farmers who lost the samba crop, Rs. 15,000 per acre for those who have not taken up cultivation, Rs. 10,000 each for the family of farm labourers who have lost jobs, Rs. 10 lakh compensation to farmers who committed suicide due to crop loss, increase in the number of days of work under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to 200 days and hike in wages to Rs. 300 per day,” Mr. Shanmugham said.
In Nagapattinam, the human chain was formed from the new bus stand with nearly 1,000 people joining hands.
The Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam and the Tamizhaga Vivasaya Thozhilalar Sangam staged the protest with the support of farmers affiliated to the DMK.
Ambalavaanan, an organic farmer belonging to the DMK camp, showed his solidarity with the farmers by participating in the human chain.
Similar human chain protests were staged in Mayiladuturai.