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No farmer committed suicide over drought: TN govt to SC

Tamil Nadu Government on Friday said to the Supreme Court that drought is not the reason for farmer suicides in the state.

The government stated that no farmer had committed suicide in the state, and clarified that those who have, took the extreme step due to personal reasons, The Indian Express reported.

On April13, the Supreme Court had ordered the Tamil Nadu government to file a detailed reply in the farmers’ suicide issue in two weeks.

Earlier, the Madras High Court had directed the Tamil Nadu Government to waive loans of all drought-hit farmers.

The court also suggested that the Centre come forward to extend financial help to Tamil Nadu during this difficult situation.

Farmers from Tamil Nadu had camped in Delhi for more than 40 days to demand a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore from the Centre.

But the central government had turned a blind eye towards their demands even if the agitating farmers resorted to some bizarre methods, including drinking their own urine, to get noticed.

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