Special Correspondent

For effectively monitoring its implementation

TIRUCHI: The Communist Party of India (CPI) has urged the Centre to nominate a board with adequate statutory powers to effectively monitor the implementation of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

A meeting of the office-bearers of the party held here on Tuesday adopted a resolution stating that the award of 192 tmcft water for Tamil Nadu fell short of the State's demand. It had only party satisfied Tamil Nadu's aspirations. However the award was given taking into consideration the requirements of the four southern States involved in the dispute.

Another resolution said that though the State Government issued orders of providing pattas to all those who were residing in the government poramboke lands for more than 10 years, the official machinery was making the applicants run from pillar to post. The government should direct the officials to provide pattas to applicants without any delay.

The government itself should take census of families without house sites and issue pattas to all of them. If needed the government should acquire the unused private lands too for the same.

Job guarantee scheme

Yet another resolution said the Centre introduced the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, assuring employment to jobless farm workers for 100 days in a year, in about 200 districts throughout the country. This scheme should be introduced in Tiruchi district too. Recurring drought caused much hardship to farm workers, who migrate to other states for livelihood.

It was decided at the meeting to stage agitation in front of the Collectorate on March 13 demanding provision of ration cards to all those who had applied for the same.

P. Palanisamy presided over the meeting. The district unit secretary of the party M. Selvaraj also spoke.