Senior leader of Communist Party of India (CPI) R. Nallakannu has urged the Central government to set up Cauvery Management Board to ensure the implementation of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award on water sharing between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, he said that farmers in Cauvery delta region were upset by the remark made by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Anantha Kumar that there was no proposal to set up the Cauvery board. The farmers of the delta region were denied due share of Cauvery water to carry out agricultural operations. Hence, he appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the livelihood of farmers in the delta region by ensuring their due share of water from Karnataka.

Mr. Nallakannu also condemned the arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy in the recent days. “It is unfair on the part of Sri Lanka to harass the fishermen when the Indian government is ready to sort out the fishing issue amicably. Moreover, it is the bounden duty of the government to ensure the rights and welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The government should mount pressure on the Lankan government to provide legitimate rights to Tamils in northern and eastern provinces,” said Mr. Nallakannu.

He also said that the government should take severe action against those who indulged in atrocities against women to allay fears among them.