A day after the general secretary of Nadigar Sangam Vishal took part in the protests by Tamilnadu farmers in New Delhi, he along with filmmaker Pandiraj and actor Prakashraj called on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and explained the ordeals faced by riots in the State due to drought.
Speaking after their meeting with Arun Jaitley, Vishal said, ‘Despite facing all odds of life in producing food, they are not getting better support price for their produce. How else will they survive.’
He said that they have forwarded the demands of farmers to the Minister which includes declaring Tamilnadu a drought-hit State. ‘They want the government to waive off their debts and also ensure the interlinking of rivers in the country. Tamilnadu is currently facing its worst drought in 140 years and many farmers have ended their life in misery, he said.
The farmers who are from Trichy, Karur and Thanjavur arrived at the national capital on 13 March, to demand the immediate lease of funds to compensate crop loss and have been staging protest since then.
Speaking to reporters, Pandiraj accused the governments of ignoring the hardship of farmers. ‘Governments are highly condemnable for keeping farmers in such poor plight,’ he said.
Vishal meets Arun Jaitley
The protests by farmers took a new turn as a section of riots attempted suicide by climbing a tree at Jantar Mantar. Actor Vishal, who was there at the venue, tried to convince them and bring him down. He was addressing the protesters through a microphone urging them to come down and protest in a peaceful manner.
‘We will meet the authorities concerned and work together to get an amicable solution’, Vishal said.