Farmers took out a rally here on Tuesday to urge the State government to waive all farm loans and immediately release water into canals to meet drinking water needs.
Several farmers and members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene participated in a protest later. They requested the district administration to protect the interests of farmers in the Cauvery basin.
The authorities should release water into canals dependent on the Cauvery from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), they said. The farmers also urged the government to supply uninterrupted power to irrigation pump sets in the district.
The Irrigation Department has stopped releasing water into the canals in view of the poor storage in the KRS.
KRRS leader K.S. Puttannaiah submitted a memorandum to Mandya Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah and Mandya Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer P.C. Jayanna seeking fulfilment of their demands.