Co-existence vital on Cauvery issue: Ranganathan

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Tiruchirapalli, Oct 5 (UNI) Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association General Secretary S Ranganathan said co-existence was vital for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to resolve the Cauvery dispute and achieve progress on irrigation.

Speaking at a function here on Wednesday last, Mr Renganathan also underlined the need for efficient management of available water.

Advocating restoration of tanks and creation of a two-acre pond for every 15 acre of irrigational area to manage crisis, he said the final award of 192 Tmcft water to Tamil Nadu by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal could be judiciously managed.

He said the Cauvery Family comprising farmers from both the states was making progress in bringing about a positive change in the collective thinking of the people.

Having made first-hand assessment, farmers in Karnataka now understand the predicament of their Tamil Nadu counterparts.

Every major political party had taken sensible decisions while wielding power; but it is also important they raise above politics and focus on safeguarding the livelihood of farmers.

It was 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 food security should not be put to peril. Expressing reservations over provision of free power to farmers, he informed about the thinking on the part of the Centre to restrict the use of ground water for drinking purpose.

As such, there was no cause for fear as Tamil Nadu enjoyed the unique advantage of North-East and South-West Monsoons. There had been no problem since 2005 though the preceding few years caused drought-like situation, he added.

UNI

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