TRICHY: Fed up with the announcement of a meagre compensation for the crop loss caused by cyclone Gaja, a group of farmers organised a novel href protest by burying themselves in sand in Cauvery river in Trichy on Friday.
A group of 15 farmers, owing allegiance to Desiya Thennindiya Nadhigal Inaippu Sangam led by its president, P Ayyakannu, chose the Cauvery near Oyamari graveyard for staging their protest in the morning. Ignoring the rain, the farmers went ahead with their protest for nearly one hour. “Unmindful of the intensity of the damage and enormity of the loss suffered by the farmers, the state government announced Rs 5,400 as relief per acre of banana plantation. It shows their insensitivity to the plight of the farmers,” said Ayyakannu.
Besides banana plantations, Ayyakannu also termed the compensation for coconut tree farmers as very low. The government had announced Rs 1,100 for each tree uprooted by the gale. According to national research centre for banana (NRCB), Trichy, banana plantations on 20,000 acres were flattened in delta districts on November 16. The devastation caused to the coconut trees was enormous with around 40 lakh trees in several delta districts, particularly at Peravaurani in Thanjavur district, devastated.
“The government should consider a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for each acre of damaged banana plantation. The compensation for each coconut tree should be Rs 20,000, for an acre of paddy Rs 25,000 and for one acre of sugarcane, it should be Rs 50,000,” Ayyakannu said. The group abandoned the protests after the police held talks with them.