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Nationalise rivers, MDMK tells Centre

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, OCT. 10. To wipe out imbalances in the country with one part witnessing floods and the other facing drought, the farmers' conference of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has sought nationalisation of rivers as a first step towards linking them.

This was one of the major resolutions passed today, concluding day of the two-day conference at Palladam, near here. It pointed out that in Kerala, 2,500 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) was flowing into the Arabian Sea, while 15,000 tmcft flowing down the 14 tributaries of the Brahamaputra in the Northeast was causing floods. Citing the drought conditions ravaging the agricultural economy, the conference questioned the rationale in waiver of crop loans for small and tiny farmers alone.

Free power

It pleaded for providing crop loans this year to help farmers revive farming activities.

Demanding free power supply to all farmers, it sought subsidy for diesel for farmers waiting for power connection to energise their pumpsets.

The Centre should give adequate representation to all States on panels formed for fixing minimum price for agricultural produce and urged the Government to directly procure farm produces, whenever prices crashed below the minimum procurement price.

A resolution urged the Chief Ministers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to undertake for a review of the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) accord of 1958.

It wanted the State Government to take expeditious steps for completing the Anaimalaiaru, Nirar and Nallaru schemes to enhance water availability for PAP farmers.

The meeting also sought speedy implementation of the Pandiaru-Punnampuzha scheme, commencement of works for the Athikadavu-Avanashi scheme.

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