New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary J Jayalalitha on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, criticising Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his government for reducing the state from being a front-runner hardly four years ago to a virtual non-performer in practically every sphere of activity today.
Jayalalitha further lashed out at Karunanidhi saying that he was trying to deceive the farmers by giving false data on sugarcane price, and the plight of sugarcane farmers in Tamil Nadu clearly shows that the state government has failed miserably.
The state government has not followed the Central Government advise to monitor the situation and devise steps to keep prices under check, while ensuing that farmers receive their rightful due, claimed Jayalalitha.
Taking the verbal battle to a next level, Jayalalitha said that when the AIADMK was in power; sugarcane farmers were being paid a support price of Rs 1,014 per tonne of cane. Of this Rs 795 had been announced by the Central Government and Rs 219 by the state.
Today, the Centre's support price for cane stands hiked to Rs 1298.40 per tonne. But the state government's price has been reduced to a mere Rs 139, thereby restricting the intended benefit to the farming community to Rs 1437.40, she added.
Jayalalitha further said that as a result of the state government's warped sugarcane pricing policy, more and more farmers have opted out of their traditional occupation and moved into alien fields.
AIADMK General Secretary has requested Dr Singh to increase the fair and remunerative price of sugarcane substantially and also impress upon the Tamil Nadu Government to increase its support price for sugarcane procurement, so that the price is at least Rs 2500 per tonne.
"We beseech the Centre to do what it thinks is right to liberate Tamil Nadu and its people from the vicious clutches of this anti-democratic, anti-people, family-run enterprise," added Jayalalitha. (ANI)