Farmers’ association calls for state-wide continuous rail-blockade from Apr 25

Farmers’ association calls for state-wide continuous rail-blockade from Apr 25

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Tiruchirapalli:  Tamil Nadu All Farmers’ Coordination Committee has called for a state-wide continuous ‘rail blockade’ agitation from April 25 to uphold the rights of the State on the Cauvery issue. Talking to newsmen here last evening, P.R.Pandian, President of the Committee said they will block movement of all trains in the core delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam. The Cauvery issue would be the sole focus of the protest and hence we request all political parties, farmers’ organizations, students and the public to support the rail blockade protest. Several organizations have come forward to participate in the agitation, he said. Mr Pandian appealed to the public to bear with the farmers’ protest and go for road travel instead of trail during the protest. He rejected Karnataka’s contention that the storage in their reservoirs was poor and said meteorologists have predicted the onset of monsoon soon in the catchment areas of the Cauvery River. We want the release of water in Cauvery by Karnataka so that the Mettur dam can be opened for irrigation on June 12, the usual date of water release for irrigation, he said. Referring to the Centre’s move to establish a permanent tribunal that would subsume existing tribunals, to adjudicate upon river water disputes between States, Mr Pandian said it was nothing but an attempt to deprive Tamil Nadu of its rights over Cauvery waters. It was regrettable that the State government had not spelt out its stand on the issue and even the MP’s representing the State had failed to raise the issue in Parliament. He demanded that the all party meeting convened by the DMK to discuss issues confronting farmers should extend its support to the rail blockade agitation. Meanwhile, the ‘sit-in’ protest being observed by the farmers of Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee (CRRC) in front of Thanjavur District Collector Office, demanding the Centre to drop its proposed single tribunal to hear all the inter-State water disputes and to establish the Cauvery management Board, has entered 19th consecutive day, today.

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