‘Only 49,000 acres counted in Mayiladuthurai division’

A large number of farmers staged a demonstration in front of the Revenue Divisional Office here on Thursday demanding a compensation of Rs. 15,000 an acre without linking the crop insurance.

Aaarupathi P.Kalyanam, general secretary, Federation of Farmers’ Associations of Delta Districts, said the Tamil Nadu government's announcement and the G.O. 48 (dated February 13, 2013) failed to give relief to all the affected farmers spread over the delta.

Although the real affected areas in the Mayiladuthurai division is around 1.53 lakh acres out of 1.7 lakh acres, the Agriculture Department had made “table work” and allotted relief for just 49,000 acres of land.

The sugarcane crops were left out. He appealed to the Chief Minister to weed out the “irregularities, anomalies, and violations” made in the drought relief before March 9, the date of her visit to Thanjavur.

He contended that she was misguided by the officials who had wrongly linked insurance with disaster relief and Cauvery delta special drought relief. He alleged that the Ministers were silent over the anomalies.

While the affected areas in the three districts worked out to 10 lakh acres, the high-level committee reported to the Chief Minister on January 31 that it was only 3.61 lakh acres of land in eight districts covering 1.75 lakh farmers. “Not a single village was assessed by the joint committee of Revenue and Agriculture Department officers and the local farmers.”

The agriculture officers and the three district administrations failed to include six lakh acres of paddy which had withered in February for which the counsel for Tamil Nadu strongly pleaded in the Supreme Court to give at least nine tmcft of water to save the crops. However, the Supreme Court ordered release of just 2.44 tmcft.

Mr. Kalyanam alleged that the administrations were distributing the relief amount of Rs.541.5 crore allotted to the 1.75 lakh farmers to 3.21 lakh farmers. “This is in complete violation of the Government Order.”

He appealed to the Chief Minister to include these six lakh acres for relief and give Rs. 15,000 as compensation delinking crop insurance, to all crops including sugarcane.

  • Chief Minister must weed out “irregularities, anomalies, and violations”

  • ‘Rs.541.5 crore allotted to 1.75 lakh farmers being distributed to 3.21 lakh farmers’