The Perambalur, Ariyalur and Tiruchi district wings of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam has urged the State Government to declare these districts as drought-prone zone in the wake of failure of crops.

A resolution adopted at its executive meeting held here on Tuesday, said that the ground water in these districts had got depleted seriously, affecting agricultural operation altogether. The State Government should also write off the farm loans sanctioned through the commercial and cooperative banks in these districts.

Another resolution referred to the state-level agitation on May 17 called by the Tamil Nadu Milk Producers' Welfare Association demanding higher price for milk. Expressing solidarity with the Association, the resolution urged the State Government to raise the procurement milk by Rs.5 a litre. The hike in fodder price had hard hit the milk producers, the resolution said.

The meeting, through another resolution, said that the government should not collect shares from the sugarcane cultivators for setting up of co-generation plant and modernisation of the public sector sugar mills at Eraiyur near here. R. Raja Chidambaram, State secretary of the Sangam, presided over the meeting. R. Ranganathan; D. Viswanathan; P. Manickam all office-bearers of these districts, were among those present.