TN parties want Centre to form Cauvery Management Board

OUR BUREAU Chennai | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 13, 2016

The Congress, the Communist parties and half a dozen farmers associations led by the DMK have urged the Centre to take an unbiased view of the Cauvery water dispute and form the Cauvery Management Board.

Following the discussion led by the DMK Treasurer MK Stalin, the participants resolved that the Tamil Nadu government should call for a meeting of all the political parties and farmers organisations, convene a special meeting of the Assembly and take a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to represent Tamil Nadu’s case.

For the first time in five years, farmers in the Cauvery delta districts who have lost the short-term ‘kuruvai’ paddy cultivation because of water shortage and are facing the risk of losing the long-term ‘samba’ crop too. Karnataka, which should have released 192 tmcft of water in the current year, has released just 34 tmcft. The government did not abide by even the directions of the Supreme Court in this regard.

The participants also resolved that the Centre should act in line with the Inter State Water Disputes Act 1956 and use its authority to constitute a Cauvery Water Distribution Regulatory Committee to oversee the sharing of water.

In a separate press release, the DMK said it would support the 48-hour ‘rail roko’ demonstration of the farmers associations planned on October 17 and 18

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Published on October 13, 2016
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