New Delhi | 17 July 2017
Tamil Nadu farmers are back in Delhi to resume their protests against the government apathy. At least 100 tamil farmers reached Delhi on Sunday and arrested after they tried to protest outside Prime Minister Modi’s residence at Lok Kalyan Marg. They were later released but a policemen in plain clothes has been deputed to follow them. The farmers are now sitting at Jantar Mantar where they will join Kisan Mukti Yatra on 18th July 2017.
Talking to Agri Nation, the tamil farmer leader P. Ayakkanu said, “ Neither the centre nor the state governmnet has fulfilled the promises made to us. Our demands were not met as promised by Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan. So we have decided to resume our protest for another 100 days”.
Their demands are – immediate compensation for crop loss, a pension scheme where farmers over 60 years of age get Rs 5,000 each and writing off farmers’ bank loans”.
Ayyakannu, 72-year-old farmer and lawyer from Tiruchi, has been instrumental in putting together all the All India Kisan Sangarsh (AIKS) along with Jai Kisan Andolan, Bharitya Kisan Union, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, and other farmer orgaizations which resulted in All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee. Currently, AIKSCC is organizing Kisan Mukti Yatra from Mandsaur to Jantar Mantar.
The Tamil Nadu farmers had caught nation’s attention with their unique protesting methods in March and April earlier this year. They had then called off their protest after government assured them of fulfilling their demands.