Supreme Court pulls up Tamil Nadu govt on farmer suicides: Take preventive steps rather than compensatory

“Your approach has to be preventive and not compensatory,” a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A.M. Khanwilkar said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 3:04 pm
Tamil Nadu farmers, Supreme Court, Tamil Nadu drought, Farmer suicide, TN, Tamil Nadu government “If there are coercive steps taken against farmers by banks for defaults in agricultural loans, there should be intervention from you,” Justice Misra said.

The Supreme Court on Friday told the Tamil Nadu government to concentrate on preventing farmers’ suicide and not to go around distributing compensation after they commit suicide. “Your approach has to be preventive and not compensatory,” a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar said.

Counsel for an association of Tamil Nadu farmers, Advocate R. Rajaraman, cited loss of dignity as the reason behind farmers’ suicide. “Banks take coercive steps if farmers fail to pay their agricultural loans. This hurts their dignity and sense of pride. Most of them are small farmers, they opt to take their own lives,” Rajaraman said.

To this, Justice Khanwilkar asked the state government whether there was is any mechanism by which a distressed small farmer subjected to coercion can approach the administration. “If there are coercive steps taken against farmers by banks for defaults in agricultural loans, there should be intervention from you,” Justice Misra said.

Tamil Nadu is battling one of the worst droughts in the past 140 years. A group of farmers from Tamil Nadu had come to Jantar Mantar in April and had agitated for 41 days to get the PM’s attention. Their demands included a loan waiver and a drought relief package. Their shocking and novel protests made headlines across the country.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    Very rightly pointed out by the Supreme Court and this is applicable to all the State Govt. and as well the Political Parties like Congress which had spoiled the Nation during their rule by giving loan waive for the sake of votes instead of taking preventive steps and alternate ways for Agriculturists and Farmers to overcome such hurdles during drought times !!!
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