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Don’t buckle under TN government’s pressure, expedite Mekedaatu project: Kurubur Shantakumar

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Mysuru: State Farmers’ Federation President Kurubur Shantakumar has urged the government to take up Mekedaatu project at the earliest so as to prevent surplus water from Cauvery flowing into the Sea.

In a memorandum submitted to the APMC and Sugar Minister Shivanand Patil here on Friday, Shantakumar observed that the State government should not buckle under the Tamil Nadu government’s pressure and utilise 179 tmc of cauvery river water – as allocated in the final tribunal – and take up Mekedaatu project to use surplus water (from the allocated usage) to prevent it from flowing into the sea.

Meanwhile, he criticised the Central government’s support price for paddy. He sought to know when the government could hike manure price to Rs 500, the increased paddy price is only Rs 140. This is no ‘support’ to paddy farmers, he said.

He urged the government not to review anti-cow slaughter bill in the wake of reports that the new Congress government could scrap the controversial bill. He urged the government not to politicise the issue as cow is much revered by farmers. However, the government must look into the legal hurdles to address the issue.

He also urged the government to take action against resorts and recreation places that border the forest area as it is disturbing the wildlife. It’s impact is borne by the farmers living on the fringes of the forest and the government must act on it.

He urged Minister Patil to vacate the stay order on payment of pending dues of sugarcane growers of the State.

Sugarcane and Sugar Development Corporation Commissioner Shivananda Kelageri was present.

– Team Mysoorunews

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