State Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar on Tuesday assured that the government is in discussion to withdraw cases filed against the protesters in Neduvasal, in Pudukottai district.
After the Chief Minister announced that Cauvery Delta would be made an agriculture protected zone and hydrocarbon extraction would not be allowed in the state, farmers across the state hailed the announcement and thanked the government for not allowing hydrocarbon extraction. For the second day, farmers from the Delta region met Chief Minister and thanked him.
Addressing the media, farmers from Pudukottai district said the announcement was historic and the Chief Minister had fulfilled the long-pending demands of farmers. “The Chief Minister has informed us (farmers) that further processes involved in making Cauvery Delta a protected zone has been taken and even a state Minister has been sent to Delhi to discuss with centre the ways to implement the announcement”.
Farmers also said that it was not just the people of Neduvasal who protested against hydrocarbon extraction project but 70 other villages surrounding Neduvasal participated in the protest. “Elected representatives, village elders and protesters from more than 30 villages have come to thank the Chief Minster not just on the behalf of protesters or farmers but on the behalf of the entire state,” said the farmers.
The farmers further said that right from the beginning the state government was firm on their decision of not allowing hydrocarbon extraction in Neduvasal and through the announcement Chief Minister has assured that hydrocarbon extraction will not happen permanently in the region.
Vijayabaskar, while addressing the media, said that we did not place the demand of declaring Cauvery Delta an agriculture protected zone, but the Chief Minister gave us a pleasant surprise by making the declaration. The Chief Minister also assured the farmers that surplus Cauvery water would be diverted to Pudukottai district.