September 20, 2016
Farmers welcome Supreme Court order asking Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs water till September 27
Tamil Nadu farmers joy over Supreme Court order to Karnataka to release more water comes a shot in the arm for chief minister J jayalalithaa and her party ahead of the local body polls, due to be announced soon.
Farmers from the delta region ascribed the victory to the chief minister and her legal acumen and solid pressure and sound strategy for the victory at the Apex Court which has not only asked Karantaka to release 6000 cusecs water till September 27 but also directed the Centre to form the Cauvery water management board.
“This board, once constituted, can settle the perpetual problem of river water sharing, dating back to the British days, once and for all,” said farmers leader Mannargudi Ranganathan. Karnataka has water but was making excuses, which the Supreme Court saw through, he said adding now it would be possible to salvage some portion of Samba crops. For years, due to Karnataka’s attitude, farmers were suffering here.
Karnataka was burning after Supreme Court had ordered it to release 15000 cusecs of water two weeks ago, with hooligans torching vehicles belonging to Tamil Nadu, attacking properties of Tamils and targeting Tamil speaking people. Though the situation was brought under control quickly, tension between the two states persists.
Karnataka’s argument that monsoon failure left it with no water to give to Tamil Nadu did not hold much water and came crumbling down in the face of searing questions from the Supreme Court. Clearly, it is a case that the TN government presented well, and which is why an order favourable to Tamil Nadu has come, the farmers associations said unanimously.
“For one month, we will get water for our crops. Later we expect a good monsoon rain, which will further help us and save our crops,” Ranganathan said.
S Ayyaswamy from Tiruchirapalli described it as a big victory that has come after a long fight. The Supreme Court directive to the centre to constitute water management board will help settle the problem once and for all, he said.
“With the latest water release ordered by the court, 16 lakh acres can be cultivated. But good time for farmers will last only if Modi constitutes the Board as per the apex court order,” he said.
The ruling AIADMK ascribed the Supreme Court verdict to the legal acumen and bold stand of chief minister Jayalalithaa, who fought for 16 years for the welfare of Tamil Nadu farmers.
Vaiko hoped that the SC order will ensure that Karnataka will obey orders. The order is also a slap in the face of the central government for its refusal to constitute the water management board.
State BJP unit president welcomed the decision and said it would help farmers here. But people must understand the reasons why the centre was unable to set up the water management board, Tamilisai Soundarrajan said.
DMK senior leader Durai Murugan said “there are no two opinion about the SC verdict – it is a welcome development. Because the supervisory committee is so toothless, the trouble between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka took place and the matter had to reach Supreme Court.”
First, normalcy should be restored in both the states and transport services and goods movement by road should begin. There should also be peace in both the states so that people can get on with their lives.