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Plea to release water in Kalingarayan canal from June 16

Plea to release water in Kalingarayan canal from June 16

Farmers demanded release of water for irrigation in the Kalingarayan irrigation canal from June 16 while speaking at the monthly farmers Grievance Redressal Day meeting held at the Collectorate, Erode.
District Collector Rajagopal Sunkara presided over the meeting and received petitions from the farmers opposing concrete floor in the LBP main canal.
Then the ryots association leaders KR Sudantararaju, S Periyasamy, Subi Thalapathi, VP Gunasekaran and others said:  For the last 12 years, farmers have not been able to get the right price for turmeric. Thus, the minimum support price (MSP) for turmeric should be fixed at Rs.9000  per quintal and the government should purchase it. The MSP of Rs 108.60 per kg set by the government for copra is not being paid. 
The MSP should be Rs.4 thousand per tonne for sugarcane and Rs.2250 per quintal of paddy. People have to wait up to 4 months to get pattas. Therefore, a special camp should be conducted to provide it. It is said that the Athikadavu-Avinasi project is going to be operational from June 12 and for this purpose, 1½ TMC will be taken from Bhavani river in November and December. Is it the surplus water that Bhavanisagar Dam is overflowing? Or, water coming in Bhavani river during rainy season? Officials should clarify on the issue. 
The government should call the farmers and announce the procedures so that there is no problem in the irrigation projects of Keelbhavani, Kodiveri and Kalingarayan in the coming period. Efforts are underway to re-open the closed dyeing unit near Kodiveri Dam. 
Within 5 km from water bodies, no such plants can function. So the plant should not be allowed to open again. 
Before issuing an ordinance to establish a wildlife sanctuary in the Andhiur forest, a consultation meeting should be held with the hill villagers. Gram sabhas should be established fully in accordance with the Forest Rights Act. The conditional pattas granted to tribal people in the Bargur Hills are in the names of non-tribals.  This should be cancelled. Encroachments on Bhavani river should be removed. Sale of banned pesticides in hill villages should be stopped. New paddy varieties should be introduced so that farmers can get better yield and reasonable price.