Farmers from Tamil Naidu resumed the second phase of protest at Jantar Mantar, Delhi demanding drought relief package and loan waiver are unhappy over the massive hike in salaries of their state legislators. The farmers, while expressing their anger on Thursday, beat themselves with chappals (slippers) and shouted slogans.
Leading the protest was P Ayyakannu, president of the National-South Indian Rivers Linking Farmers Association. He told old news agency ANI, “Being a farmer is worse than being a beggar in India.” Recently, the monthly pay of Tamil Nadu legislators has increased from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh.
Not only this the MLA area development fund in the state was raised from Rs 2 crore to Rs 2.5 crore and allowances for the chief minister, ministers, the Speaker, deputy speaker, the Leader of the opposition and the Government Chief Whip were also increased with retrospective effect from 1 July this year.
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The second phase of Farmers protest began in New Delhi after the promises made to them by the government remain allegedly unfulfilled. The farmers who beat themselves with slippers on Thursday have resorted to unique ways of protesting in the past, which include shaving their heads, partially shaving their mustaches, holding mice and snakes in their mouths and even flogging them after which Tamil Naidu CM, Edappadi Palaniswami had also met them.
Tamil Nadu faced one of the worst droughts in over a century due to 60 percent deficit in rainfall