Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Cauvery Rights Committee to embark on Rail Roko stir!

Members of the Cauveri Rights Retrieval Committee(CRRC) will embark on rail roko agitation in the Cauvery Delta areas in Tamil Nadu on October 4, to urge the Union Government to ensure that the Karnataka government releases 2 tmc of water per day from river Cauvery to till October 30. Addressing a press conference here, the Committee's Co-ordinator P Maniarasan said various political parties, including MDMK, Nam Tamilar movement, Vidhuthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi, CPI (ML), Tamil desa Poduudamai Katchi and other like minded parties and representatives of the different farmer's Associations were expected to participate in the proposed agitation.

He said though Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh requested the Karnataka government to release 9000 cusecs of water per second, Karnataka refused to obey the Prime Minister direction. 

The Prime Minister could insist on Karnataka under Article 355 of the Constitution to obey his direction. But he has use his constitutional powers, he alleged. It was very unfortunate that several Kannada organisations and political parties in Karnataka were protesting against release of water to Tamil Nadu. But Tamil Nadu not been adopting such a stand.

Due to the Karnataka's adament and in human attitude, Tamil Nadu has already lost kuruvai paddy cultivation over 5 lakh acres and paddy in 16 lakh acres may also be affected, he alleged. He said the committee would launch an agitation opposing power supply to Karnataka from Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) every day, if that state does not change its stand in spite of CRRC's appeal.

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