About one hundred thousand farmers held a mass rally in the Indian city, Madras, on Saturday (5 July) to demand further Government aid.
GV Madras City PULL BACK TO crowds of demonstrators in street
GVs Demonstrators parade through streets (5 shots)
SV & GV Shri Narayanaswami Naidu, leader of the farmers organisation, seated on car in midst of demonstrators and waving (2 shots
GV Demonstrators through street and demonstrator driving tractor with crowds following (2 shots)
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Background: About one hundred thousand farmers held a mass rally in the Indian city, Madras, on Saturday (5 July) to demand further Government aid. The farmers, who came from eight states, want the Indian government to provide more loans and better subsidiary and to reduce fertiliser prices.
SYNOPSIS: It was the biggest rally madras had seen in living memory. Farmers crammed into trucks, vans, buses and tractors and headed for Marina in the centre of Madras.
It is not often that farmers in the Tamilnadu, region hold demonstrations; they usually near their burden silently. The demonstration was organised by the Tamilnadu farmers organisation or Vivasaigal Sangam which has drafted a nine-point charter of demands. They went the government to fix what they call reasonable prices for their produce, a drop in the price of fertiliser and the dismissal of all cases which have been filed against them. They also want the government to write off all loan repayments owed by farmers.
They were led by Shri Narayanaswami Naidu, a strong fighter for improvements on the farm, and the man behind the rally. the farmers say an increase in food production in the region has brought prices down and it has become uneconomical for them to produce rice. To add to their dilemma, the price of fertiliser has recently increased by thirty percent. Most fertiliser factories in India are owned by the government.