News By/Courtesy: Silvy Sheetal | 01 Dec 2018 18:29pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some see anger some see disparity some view it as an agitated demand while for the farmers of Tamil Nadu it is desperate demand for the right to live.
  • . The year 2016 has faced the worst rainfall in the last 140 years in Tamil Nadu
  • In Tamil Nadu, the average annual rainfall had gradually decreased by 62% in 2016.

Some see anger some see disparity some view it as an agitated demand while for the farmers of Tamil Nadu it is desperate demand for the right to live. The year 2016 has faced the worst rainfall in the last 140 years in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, the average annual rainfall had gradually decreased by 62% in 2016. The Northeast monsoon season had subdued over Tamil Nadu with the worse rainfall ever, just scattering rain in some areas. The highest deficit of normal rainfall in Indian states in 2016 is recorded in Tamil Nadu with 82% deficit.[1] Seeing their crops started to be charred, the farmers started to die of heart attacks and attempting suicides. The Tamil Nadu government requested Rs.40,000 crores relief fund whereas the Central Govt approved a financial assistance of just Rs.2014 crores, which didn't satisfy the needs of the farmers of Tamil Nadu. The farmers from Tamil Nadu who have been protesting in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar for a month now are a small number in comparison – there are barely more than 100 of them. But, the protest has, to an extent, engaged the attention of the national media. They’ve performed angapradakshinam – rolling prostrate on the street at Jantar Mantar – staged suicides, conducted mock funerals, shaved off half their moustaches and beards, stripped in front of the Prime Minister’s office, eaten dal and rice off the road, stood with mice in their mouths and have hung skulls around their necks, which they claim to belong to farmers in their state who committed suicide because of mounting debt.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 01 Dec 2018 18:34pm IST


Tags : #India#Environment#Decreased Rainfall

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