Pudukkottai: A small tea shop owner in Pudukkottai district has been waiving off all the dues of his customers for the last eight years. These customers are the farmers of Cauvery delta districts who got affected by the devastation caused by Gaja cyclone.
After Gaja cyclone hit them, these farmers and women self-help groups (SHGs) in the Cauvery delta districts are expecting the Central and State governments to waive off their farm sector and related loans.
Sivakumar is the owner of a small tea stall, ‘Sri Bhagwan Tea Stall’ at Vamban, a small village in Pudukkottai district. Sivakumar recognised the unfortunate situation of the cyclone-affected people in the area and thus, decided to help them by writing off their dues for the last 8 years.
Sivakumar put a board in his shop announcing that all the dues of the local farmers in the last eight years up to December 18 were written off by him as it required no permission from the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, according to a report in Deccan Chronicle.
Reportedly, for the last eight years, Sivakumar has been running the shop. He realised that the cyclone-hit farmers were unable to repay the dues against the cups and snacks they had been having at his shop since long. He empathised the farmers and to help the distressed farmers in the area to at least some extent, he decided to relieve them by writing off their dues.
Many villagers of Vamban and its surrounding areas were very appreciative of Sivakumar’s humanitarian gesture although, some raised eyebrows on the tea shop owner’s decision.