Staff Correspondent

  • MRHS has taken the initiative
  • Convention of farmers in Mysore on March 10

    MYSORE: The Mandya Raitha Hitarakshana Samithi (MRHS), which is spearheading the agitation against the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, is all set to form the Krishna-Cauvery Samanvaya Samithi (KCSS). It will be an apolitical forum to safeguard the interests of farmers in the Cauvery and Krishna basins and it will pressure the Government to expedite projects in both the basins to fully utilise the State's share of water in the two rivers. The MRHS also plans to hold a study camp here on March 9 to discuss subjects such as suicide by farmers, farm credit policy and an integrated irrigation policy. Farmers from various parts of the State are expected to participate in the State-level convention to be held on March 10, according to Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) president K.S. Puttannaiah.

    He told The Hindu that discussions were on to form the KCSS and, in all probability, it would be formed by the end of the month.

    The delay in finding a permanent solution to the Cauvery dispute had resulted in a loss of Rs. 13,000 crore to Karnataka and Rs. 5,000 crore to Tamil Nadu. "Even after 46 years of beginning work on the Upper Krishna Project, we are not in a position to exploit 173 tmcft of water allocated to the State. The situation is no different in the Cauvery Basin. It is because of this that the KCSS is being formed," he said.