On Tuesday, The Madras High Court asked the Tamil Nadu government to wave farm loans taken by all farmers, instead of limiting the benefit only to those owing less than five acres of land.
The court also restrained officials from initiating any kind of recovery or penalty against farmers who had defaulted on repayment of crop loans.
On June 28,2016 order granting the loan waiver scheme cost the government Rs 5780 crore and benefited 16.94 lac marginal and small farmers who owned up to 2.5 acres and up to 5 acres of land respectively.
Farmers have been staging a protest in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, for over 20 days now seeking relief measures. They recently threatened to slit their throats if action isn’t taken in the drought-prone state.
The central government cannot be a silent spectator, it should come forward to extend the help to the state government to share the burden stated chief secretary.
Also it has been found that the classification of farmers is irrational,illogical and unreasonable,the court has to necessarily interfere to do justice to the farmers.
The present order was given on a petition filed by P Ayyakannu of the National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturist Association seeking debt waiver.He has been holding a farmers’ dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from last 21 days,drawing nationwide attention and visits by top political leaders across political spectrum.