84 Tamil Nadu farmers, who are in their second week of protest at Jantar Mantar in Nation’s capital has received support from actors who represt Nadigar Sangam Vishal and Prakash Raj.
Nadigar Sangam actors and directors joined the farmers at Jantar Mantar to express solidarity with their cause. After the severe drought in the state, the farmers from Trichy, Karur and Thanjavur have come to Delhi on March 13 to demand immediate release of funds to compensate the crop losses.
Earlier Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had met the farmers and promised to consult officials on their demands before making decisions. The High Level Committee (HLC) of the central government, which surveyed the drought situation in Tamil Nadu has approved a financial assistance to the tune of Rs 2014.45 crore for the state. But, it falls way short of the Rs 39,565 crore aid sought by the state.
The farmers, who are not happy the raw deal are continuing their protest and mentioned that they will not return home until their demands are met.
Nadigar sangam members, Actors Vishal, Prakash Raj and director Pandiarajan met the farmers and then proceeded to take part in their agitation. They even promised the farmers to get an appointment to meet the Prime Minister.
Tamil Nadu is currently facing its worst drought in 140 years and over 400 farmers have reportedly committed suicide following crop loss and inability to pay back loans. So, the protesters have maintained that their demand is for the Centre to declare Tamil Nadu a drought-hit state and they want the central government to provide aid demanded by the state for the farmers.