Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Constitute Cauvery Management Board - Tamilnadu formers urge Indian government!

TRICHY: The long delay in the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board as directed by the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal brought together all farmers associations, political parties and consumer organisations in the delta region to register their protest against the central government for not obeying the tribunal's final verdict. As many as 1,500 protesters were arrested and released in the evening.

Farmers said that it was one of the massive protests by them in the past 10 years seeking to retain the rights of Tamil Nadu in Cauvery water. "As far as I am concerned, today's (Monday) protest was one of the massive protests in recent years. The protest by all kind of people on the Cauvery water issue displayed the unity of our people in the state," said P Maniarasan, president of Tamil Desa Podhuvudamai Katchi (TDPK). He also insisted major political parties like the AIADMK, the DMK and the DMDK to pressurise the central government to decide on the matter.

The farmers questioned why the central government was not interested in constituting the Cauvery management board even though the tribunal ordered to constitute it to share the Cauvery water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Normal life was affected as most of the business concerns in and around Thanjavur remained closed today in response to the dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by the Cauveri River Rights Retrieval Committee and other like minded organisations.

The band was to urge the Union Government to establish Cauveri Management Board and Cauveri Monitoring Committee. However, public and private transport system was functioning as usual.

Meanwhile, members of Cauveri River Rights Retrieval Committee (CRRRC) and other like minded organisations led by CRRRC's Coordinator P Maniarasan laid a siege to the office of the Central Excise here.

Mr Maniarasan told newsmen that similar agitations were held at various central government offices across Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur districts and Chidambaram in Cuddalore district, to draw the Union Government's attention.

He expressed his concern over the non-cooperation among the political parties here as compared to the politicians and others in Karnataka who had been protesting against the releasing of even surplus water to Tamil Nadu from Kabini reservoir in Karnataka

Maniarasan claimed that Karnataka should have released 44 tmc of water for June and July altogether if the board had been constituted. "As the board was not constituted and the water was not released, the Tamil Nadu government should utilize the protests of the people to highlight our stand in the Cauvery water issue and take up the matter with the Prime Minister," said Maniarasan.

The planned protest in front of central government offices including head post offices, central excise offices in Trichy, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts was carried out by hundreds of protesters led Cauvery Retrieval Group consisting of some parties like TDPK, MDMK, traders organisation and consumer organisations. The protesters attempted to stage a picketing in front of those offices.

However, police were well prepared to stop them from picketing the central government offices. A large posse of police personnel were deployed in front of the central excise office in Trichy and Thanjavur to prevent the protesters. Police had also placed barricades in front of the offices.

(Courtesy: Times of India and UNI)

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