The Central Government should ensure the release of Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu in compliance with the tribunal order. It should not simply keep quiet by notifying the order, said CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan.

At a rally at Goodalur near here on Tuesday to protest against price rise, he said that the Centre should keep in mind the requirements of the State while releasing the water.

The Centre had notified a similar order in 2007 but did not proceed further, he said and added that it should not happen this time around.

Both the Congress and the BJP have been implementing anti-people policies. There is an urgent need for an alternative economic policy to protect the poor. Poverty prevails in the country even after implementation of 12th Five Year Plan.

In the name of economic development, the Centre has helped only the corporates and MNCs. It should not introduce distribution of cash instead of goods to the poor as it would wipe out the Public Distribution System. Farmers would be the ultimate sufferers as the government would not procure grains and essential commodities from them. The Centre should frame policies without hurting farmers. It should also ensure food security to all people. The UPA government should abandon privatisation of public sector undertakings and withdraw proposal on foreign direct investment in the retail sector.

Later, hundreds of CPI (Marxists) cadre took part in a rally that started at Goodalur and ended at Andipatti after passing through Uthamapalayam, Cumbum and Theni. This was part of nationwide rallies organised by the CPI(M).