A division bench of Hyderabad High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Shameem Akther on Tuesday asked the Centre, Telangana and AP to respond to the PIL filed regarding the suicide of farmers.
The bench was dealing with the PIL filed by Sivarami Reddy of Thullur, Guntur district. He appeared in person and gave graphic details of how the chilli farmer was cheated. He lamented that the clerk in market yard would decide the life and death of farmers and governments were mute spectators. He requested for a direction to the governments to implement the report of the Swami Nathan Commission. He said big business houses were not paying dues but banks were harassing the farmers for recovery of small amounts. The bench adjourned the case by four weeks for the three governments, Reserve Bank and NABARD to respond.