AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Saturday alleged that farmers in Tamil Nadu entitled to flood relief were being "compelled" to pay land tax and cess to avail the relief.
She said the state had hiked the land tax and cess and alleged that Revenue Department officials were forcing farmers to pay these in order to distribute the flood relief, announced by the state after heavy rains and resultant floods damaged standing crops last year.
"My government had in 2005 provided Rs 2000 as flood relief for all persons. While we gave a compensation of Rs 3000 per acre for damage caused to paddy and sugarcane and Rs 4,800 per acre for coconut, land tax was waived for two years during drought period," she said in a release in Chennai.
Urging the government to withdraw the "compulsory" collection of land tax and cess from farmers, Jayalalithaa demanded a three-fold increase in flood relief.