DMK MP raises issue of TN farmers’ suicides after President’s address

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) DMK Rajya Sabha member Truchi Siva on Tuesday raised the issue of suicides by Tamil Nadu farmers, soon after the President’s address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament.

Siva brought up the issue as soon as President Pranab Mukherjee finished his address in English but was yet to take his seat. Vice-President Hamid Ansari was around that time scheduled to read out the Hindi translation of the President’s speech.

Later, speaking to IANS, Siva said: “I raised this issue in this manner as it is one of the ways to draw the government’s attention towards an issue.”

“More than 200 farmers have committed suicide in Tamil Nadu after drought; many more are still suffering but the central government is not taking any proactive measures to address this problem,” the MP added.

He said he would raise the issue again during the Budget session.