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Tamil farmers oppose NGT ban on protests in Jantar Mantar

Tamil farmers oppose NGT ban on protests in Jantar Mantar

New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) Farmers from Tamil Nadu protesting in the national capital are planning to move the Supreme Court against the National Green Tribunal Order banning holding of protests in the Jantar Mantar area of the city. The farmers say the Ramlila Maidan, the alternate site for protest suggested by the green body, is away from the seat of power, so the purpose of staging protest there will not be served. The green tribunal passed an order on Thursday banning all protests and use of loud speakers and asked the New Delhi Municipal Corporation to remove the tents from the protest site. Mr Prakash, a member of the protesting farmers body, National South Indian River Inter-Linking Farmers Association, said the farmers would obey the rule but they have the right to approach the higher court. "We will obey the rule and will fight against green tribunal's order in Supreme Court. We have four weeks time to vacate the place. There are many procedures. Jantar Mantar is the centre of the city and all the peoples are coming to meet us and our protest, including the politicians. Ramlila is far away from here and out of Delhi. Ours is not a fight for an individual but for the entire farmers in the country," Prakash told UNI. The Tamil Nadu farmers are protesting at Jantar Mantar for the last 83 days asking for various demands, including higher price for agricultural produce, a crop insurance scheme for individual farmers, waiver of farmers' loans from public sector banks. S Dakshinamoorthy, another protesting farmer, says their leader P Ayyakkannu currently is in Tamil Nadu and once he was back they would think about the next course of action, including moving the Supreme Court against the ban. The farmers body is in consultation with other protesters in Jantar Mantar, including the Ex-Servicemen body on the issue. Tamil Nadu farmers body had started their protest in April this year in protest against the increasing number of farmers suicide. They called off the strike after 41 days when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Eddapadi K Palaniswami and Union Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan met them and gave them assurances. But the farmers allege that the assurances given by the ministers were not fulfilled and they were compelled to come back to back to Delhi to protest again. UNI KNA SRJ 1628/1640

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