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TN farmers protest in the nude, eat off the ground

TN farmers protest in the nude, eat off the ground

TN farmers protest in the nude, eat off the ground

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Resorting to dramatic forms of protest, a group of Tamil Nadu farmers on Monday stripped near South Block here to press for their demands of loan waiver and drought-relief package.

The farmers have been protesting at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital since March 14.

Police said that they escorted the peasants from Jantar Mantar to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) where they submitted a memorandum of their demands.

After coming out, some of them tried to remove their clothes, a senior police officer said, adding that the situation was brought under control and the farmers were dropped at the protest site.

The farmers from the southern state have been demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore, farm loan waiver and setting up of Cauvery Management Board by the Centre.

The drought-hit farmers have been protesting in the city adorning human skulls around their necks, trying to grab the attention of the authorities towards their condition.

Tamil Nadu had already been facing water scarcity before the winter monsoon recorded its worst since 1876. The Tamil Nadu farmers had lost their kuruwai (summer crop) to the Cauvery dispute with Karnataka.

Karnataka had refused to share water with Tamil Nadu as per Cauvery award of 2007. Karnataka said it was in no position to share water as it faced acute drinking water problem.

According Central Water Commission report of January first week, all the five south Indian states recorded acute water shortage in their reservoirs. Tamil Nadu was the worst affected.

While the north India shivers during the month of December, Tamil Nadu rejoices the last month of the year. Tamil Nadu farmers depend on winter monsoon for their livelihood and prosperity.

But their samba (winter crop) failed before they could be sowed.

As it turned out that by the first week of January, more than one-third of the paddy fields were reported to have gone unsowed. And, now some farmers have travelled from Cauvery region of Tamil Nadu to New Delhi and holding protest at Jantar Mantar. And after their futile efforts for the past month to grab the Prime Minister’s attention towards this issue, they have resorted to stripping and eating off the Delhi roads just outside the Prime Minister’s office.

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