Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said that he had impressed upon Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to ensure the release of Puducherry’s share of Cauvery water to the Karaikal region.
Speaking to The Hindu here on Saturday, he said that his government was on the right course to get its share. He explained the requirement of water for the farmers of Karaikal to start samba cultivation when he met Ms. Jayalalithaa in New Delhi recently.
However, the problem was that several parts of the delta region in Tamil Nadu were yet to receive Cauvery water and farmers there were keeping their fingers.
Mr. Rangasamy said that he had visited Karaikal and several delta areas in Tamil Nadu to assess the ground situation. A drought-like situation was prevailing in the region. No one had started farming operations even in the Chidambaram area.
Asked about the prospects of samba cultivation this season, he said the next few weeks would be crucial. It depended upon the release of water from Karnataka. The northeast monsoon was expected to arrive in the next few days. There would be hope for raising samba if the monsoon started as per normal schedule.
Asked about the accusation made by Opposition parties that the Puducherry Government had failed to present the real picture for getting the share of Cauvery water and failure to bring the Central team to Karaikal, the Chief Minister said his government was proactive on the issue.
When the absence of the Chief Secretary of Puducherry at the Cauvery Monitoring Committee meeting held in New Delhi a few days ago was pointed out, he said a Superintending Engineer had attended.
He said that the Puducherry Government would work in tandem with the Tamil Nadu regime on the Cauvery issue. It would take all possible steps to get its share from Karnataka.
Asked if he was satisfied with the actions taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Cauvery issue, Mr. Rangasamy that he had acted in a fair manner to ensure the rights of Karanataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry by ordering the release of water from Karnataka in his capacity as the Chairman of the Cauvery River Authority.
Chief Minister says his government is on course to get its share of water