Alleging that the Congress-led Central Government had let down Tamil Nadu on a range of serious issues, senior Communist Party of India leader R. Nallakannu has said the Union Government, after declaring the entire State as ‘drought-hit’, should liberally compensate the farmers’ crop loss and waive the crop loans obtained from nationalised banks.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr. Nallakannu said the undue delay in publishing the final award of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal in the gazette had robbed the farmers of the riparian State their right to get water from Karnataka. As Tamil Nadu had witnessed monsoon failure for the second successive year, the delta farmers’ dream of having at least ‘samba’ crop had been dashed.
The State Government’s efforts to get due share of water from Karnataka had suffered setbacks owing to the callous approach of the Congress Government at the Centre. Even as the farmers, who had suffered unbearable crop loss were committing suicide, the Central Government was reluctant to publish the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal’s final award in the gazette.
“If it had been published in the right time, at least it might have compelled the Karnataka Government the give the due share to Tamil Nadu, which in turn might have saved the farmers here,” Mr. Nallakannu said.
The veteran CPI leader also came down heavily on the Congress Government for not giving additional power from the Central pool to electricity-starved Tamil Nadu.
He said the ‘Anaiththu Samuthaaya Paeriyakkam’ meetings being organised by Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss would only worsen the situation in Tamil Nadu as he was against inter-caste marriages and was demanding amendments in the legal provision “protecting the Dalits”.
Party office-bearers C. Mahendran, R. Shanmugavel and A. Xavier were present.
The State has witnessed monsoon failure for the second successive year