The Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee (CRRC), an umbrella organisation of political parties and farmers associations, which held a meeting in Thanjavur on Saturday, resolved to organise a 10-day rally to Mettur Dam from Poompuhar, condemning the Karnataka government's move to construct a dam across the Cauvery in Mekedatu.
The participants at the meeting charged that the plan to construct Mekedatu Dam is to prevent Tamil Nadu from getting excess water. “Once it is constructed, the Cauvery Delta would certainly turn into a desert. The Karnataka government falsely propagates that they have been constructing the dam to provide uninterrupted water supply,” Maniayrasan said.
He also said that the members would carry a copy of the Supreme Court order and distribute it among the people. The meeting demanded the state government to rectify the issue.
Meanwhile, the farmers demanded the state government to purchase the paddy that has 21 per cent of moisture condition. They said that the kuruvai harvest has been over after several difficulties.
“The DPCs purchase the paddy but they refuse to accept even 17 per cent of moisture condition and this has resulted in the sprouts,” they said. They held the Chief Minister responsible for this and urged the government to open DPCs.
The meeting also urged the state government to ensure prompt disbursal of crop insurance dues for the period between 2018 and 2019. The government should come forward to help these farmers receive their dues without any interference,” he said. The CRRC also urged the government to disburse interest free loan to those farmers who approach the banks.