January 31, 2018
COIMBATORE: The Federation of Agriculturists Association on Wednesday said that the income of farmers can be doubled only by implementing the M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations on the prices of crops.
Welcoming the President Ram Nath Kovind’s address in Parliament, where he suggested to double the income of the farmers, the Association President, S. Nallasamy, said that the farming community may not require subsidy, freebies or concessions like loans or loan waiver, if the recommendations were implemented with immediate effect.
The committee had suggested various means to uplift the farmers. “But it has been put in the back burner for the last 13 years,” he said.
On the Central Budget, he claimed that no Finance Minister ever discussed the suggestions of farmers for the agriculture sectorNallasamy also said that it was not necessary for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami to plead with his Karnataka counterpart for the State’s rights on Cauvery water.
“The State government should immediately file a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking the release of Cauvery water on daily basis to the riparian states, as per the quantum suggested by it, on the line of administering petrol prices,” Nallasamy added.
Besides, the storage of Cauvery water should be the Mettur Dam and not any dams in Karnataka, by which the actual data of water will not be known, Nallasamy said.