Farmers are making progress in changing collective thinking
TIRUCHI: A realisation on the need for co-existence is vital for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to resolve the Cauvery water dispute and achieve progress on irrigation front, Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association general secretary S. Ranganathan said on Wednesday.
Efficient management of available water is of foremost importance, he said, advocating resurrection of system tanks and creation of a two-acre pond for every 15 acres of irrigational area to manage crises. The final award of 192 TMC water to Tamil Nadu by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal could be judiciously managed.
The Cauvery Family consisting of farmers from both States was making progress in bringing about a positive change in the collective thinking of the people. Having made a first-hand assessment, farmers in Karnataka now understand the predicament of their Tamil Nadu counterparts. Mr. Ranganathan was addressing a meeting jointly organised by the Rotary Clubs of Tiruchi Fort, Tiruchi Midtown and Srirangam.
Every major political party has taken sensible decisions while wielding power; but it is also important that all the parties rise above politics and focus on safeguarding the livelihood of farmers, he said.
It is a question of livelihood of millions, including landless labourers. The practice of agricultural labourers having a 15 per cent stake in the crop exists nowhere in the world. Such a food security should not be put to peril, he said.
Expressing reservations over the provision of free power for farmers, Mr. Ranganathan informed about the thinking on the part of the Central Government to restrict the use of ground water for drinking purpose.
As such, there was no cause for fear as Tamil Nadu enjoys the unique advantage of North-East and South-West monsoons. There has been no problem since 2005 though the preceding few years caused drought-like situation.
He spoke in favour of timing the release of water from Mettur Dam for irrigation after factoring in the onset of South West monsoon.