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Manipur farmers demand suitable water policy

Manipur farmers demand suitable water policy
Farmers knocking at Old Secretariat block in Imphal calling for relieving them from drought on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 6 | Publish Date: 7/6/2019 12:11:26 PM IST

Farmers in Manipur knocked at the gate of chief minister to address woes due to drought on Saturday, only to be foiled by the police.

A large number of farmers under the aegis of Irabot Foundation Manipur stormed the Old Secretariat block after they were dispersed from the chief minister’s secretariat.

The farmers were demanding urgent steps to relieve them from woes due to drought like situation in the state. 

Talking to media, general secretary of Irabot Foundation, Thongam Ajit questioned the utility of water pump sets distributed by the government when there was no water to pump.

He demanded special package for the farmers as there will be less production this session because of the current drought like situation. The general secretary stressed that they have been demanding for a suitable water policy and proper implementation for  many years. 

He said that while the chief minister and concern minister went on talking about government’s step to combat drought, the situation faced by the farmers got worse day by day with no water in their fields.

He lamented that even in this advance scientific age, the farmers of the state were still depending on monsoon rain while strongly condemning lack of long term policy of the government and urged for a sustainable policy. He also expressed concern over the internal crisis over power tussle in the BJP-led coalition government while people are at the threshold of their woes with the delay in the arrival of monsoon rain.

“It is not the time to race for power during such crisis and is not in the interest of the people and the farmers”, Ajit condemned. 

He said that water policy is a must for the state and it will be an easy task for the government to find solution regarding water scarcity on the farm lands as there are many big dams besides the rivers.

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