Coimbatore: Farmers in Coimbatore region on Friday threatened that they would resort to mass suicides if government went ahead with its plan to increase power tariff. Representatives of various farmers associations told a public hearing on tariff revision here that the agriculture sector in Tamil Nadu is already in the doldrums due to failure of monsoon and resultant drought.
"Any upward revision of tariff will be strongly resisted by all farmers in the state, who, as part of their fundamental rights, are receiving free government subsidised power," Balasubramanian, secretary, Tamilaga Vyavasaigal Sangham (Tamil Nadu Farmers Association) said. He said failure of monsoon and farmers's failure to repay agricultural loans had already led to some suicides in various parts of Tamil Nadu. Marginal farmers would suffer the most if there was a hike in power tariff, leaving them with no option but to resort to mass suicides.
03:15 AM, May 18, 2013