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IT and farmers



This refers to the article “Are IT people the fall guys?” (Open Page, May 22). An IT professional works 12 hours a day just for money. A farmer wakes up at three or four in the morning to water his fields as electricity supply is limited and scarce. He depends on moneylenders who charge a huge interest because banks do not trust him. In Vidarbha, Bundelkhand, Anantapur and many more places, farmers just hope for miracles to happen.

What is wrong if an IT professional pays for the loan waiver of farmers? He or she survives because of them. If people's demand for food is not met for even one season, the country will descend into chaos.

N. Sai Balaji,

Noida

A comparison between a farm loan and a loan on cars is ridiculous. A farmer borrows for his survival. The Rs.80,000 the article referred to proved to be the price of the life of a farmer who could not repay the loan. Every grain of food we eat has a story to tell about the realities of farmers' lives.

K.V. Ramana Rao,

Visakhapatnam

It is heartening to see the manner in which the readers of The Hindu have responded to the article. I was hoping they would point to the insensitivity of the article and I am glad they did.

It is the media which have glamorised the IT industry. All manufacturing plants work 24 hours. Workers have been working in shifts ever since such plants have been in operation. But the media have started talking about hardships only after the advent of the BPO/IT sector.

K Anand,

Hyderabad

Last month, a car company raised the prices of its cars by Rs.9,000. It was hardly news. But when the prices of onion shot up to Rs.70 a kg last year, all hell broke loose. I don't know how IT affects me but no farmer, no food.

R. Ganesh,

Chennai

IT professionals work in air-conditioned offices. Even if they work long hours, they are not worn out. And from their income, they can save for leaner times. What will happen if farmers refuse to work in the fields? They work under the scorching sun. They are exploited by middlemen and most of them earn a low income. Inadequate rains, heavy rains and other natural calamities play havoc with their produce and their products are perishable. A farmer cannot save for the rainy day.

Suresh Venkat,

Vellore

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