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"Centre must intervene to get State its share of waters"

Saturday 2 July 2005

Special Correspondent

Dravida Kazhagam to protest in Cauvery delta on July 8

CHENNAI: The Union Government should take steps to ensure that the Karnataka Government obeyed the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the Dravidar Kazhagam president, K. Veeramani, said on Friday.

Referring to the recent observation of Karnataka Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh that if the monsoon was good his State would release water to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Veeramani told presspersons that this only characterised the attitude of the Karnataka Government and justified the charge that the neighbouring State was using Tamil Nadu as a drainage canal. "When there is rain in Karnataka and reservoirs there are overflowing, water has to be released for dam safety. This is what Karnataka has been doing.

The Union Government has to intervene in the matter and see to it that Tamil Nadu is given its share of water," he said adding that to highlight the issue, his party would stage a demonstration in different parts of the Cauvery delta on July 8.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of the party’s executive on Friday. On the Madras High Court striking down the Government Order of abolishing the scheme of common entrance test for professional courses, Mr. Veeramani said the Court ruling would affect a large section of students. "Any government elected by the people has to adhere to the concept of greatest good for the greatest numbers. The decision to withdraw the CET scheme should be seen in this context."

Pointing out that the Court had described the withdrawal of improvement examination as a policy decision of the executive, Mr. Veeramani said the same argument would hold good for the abolition of the CET also. Moreover, it was not through any legislation that the Government introduced the CET but only through an executive order. "The same route was used by the Government to make the withdrawal."

The party would organise a series of exhibitions of books on party founder E.V. Ramasamy Naicker from July 15 to August 20. A sports coaching centre would also be set up shortly and the party would hold the Dravidar awakening conference at Tirupur in September.

Mr. Veeramani said he would leave on Sunday for Paris to take part in the 16th World Humanist Congress to be held from July 5-7. The separation of religion and state would be the theme of the Congress organised by the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

He would present a paper on the impact of E.V. Ramasamy Naicker’s ideology on culture at a workshop on the "Interconnection of culture, morals, ethics and religions."

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