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Farmer’s suicide: Supreme Court warns Tamil Nadu government

Tamil Nadu government should stop showing cold shoulder towards farmer’s suicide issue, the Supreme Court said. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantagoudar pulled up the Tamil Nadu government for its failure to come to the rescue of the farmers who are suffering due to famine in the state and sought explanation on steps taken by it to address the agrarian problem.

The court passed the order on a plea filed by Tamil Nadu-based NGO seeking court’s direction to the state government to provide relief to farmers.

“On the order passed by the High Court, we find that it has really not touched the issue that was required to be appositely dealt with. On a perusal of the petition and the averments made, we notice that the petitioner has suggested certain aspects by which the conditions of the farmers can be ameliorated,” it said and asked advocate Gopal Sankar Narayanan to assist it in addressing the issue.

The state, as the guardian, is required to see how to solve these problems or to meet the problems by taking curative measures treating it as a natural disaster. Silence is not the answer the bench said.

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