The Movement Against Destruction that welcomed Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s announcement of Cauvery Delta as Protected Agricultural Zone on Thursday urged the government to pass a resolution in the Assembly in the upcoming session and to insist on the Centre to withdraw all the extraction activities by the ONGC to save agriculture in the region.
While the people from Neduvasal, Kathiramangalam, Mathirimangalam, Thirukaravasal, Thakkoor and Kariapattinam registered their strong opposition to the extension of the project, they were penalised and even booked under various Sections of the IPC.
“While the Movement had scheduled to organise an indefinite hunger strike, the Chief Minister had assured it to declare the Cauvery Delta region as a Protected Agricultural Zone. This is a historical announcement that would prevent Tamil Nadu from turning into a desert and farmers would continue to take up agricultural activities,” Lenin said.
Lenin further said that the Chief Minister should pass a resolution in the Assembly and put pressure on the Centre to initiate steps to withdraw these projects from Tamil Nadu. “The Chief Minister should ensure only agricultural activities in the Cauvery Delta region and initiate steps to withdraw the projects and take steps to vacate the ONGC from the Delta region,” Lenin urged.
Lenin demanded to withdraw the cases registered against the people who protested against the hydrocarbon project and urged the Centre not to implement hydrocarbon projects in the coastal region.
He urged the Chief Minister not to entertain any anti-people projects in Tamil Nadu for the sake of agriculture.