Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the district administration to compile a list of goats and cows which died of foot-and-mouth disease in Tiruchi district recently and provide because of compensation to farmers who had lost their domestic animals.

While urging the district administration to take steps to check the rapid spread of foot-and-mouth disease, the party said the authorities should arrange to make available medicines for this disease at the panchayat level.

A resolution to this effect was adopted unanimously at the party district executive committee meeting held here recently.

Claiming that hundreds of goats and cows afflicted with foot-and-mouth disease had died across the district, the party said this had immensely affected farmers. Similar to the relief given in neighbouring Karnataka, compensation to the tune of Rs. 10,000 for every goat and Rs. 25,000 for each cow that died due to the disease should be given in Tamil Nadu, the resolution said.

Sand quarries

Another resolution urged the State government to open sand quarries in the State within the legal framework and wanted the government to lift sand instead of appointing contractors. It sought steps to check smuggling of sand to other States and its second sale. These steps would not only reduce illegal sand mining but also help in protecting labourers who were unemployed in the construction and lorry transportation industry.