Julie Mariappan, TNN | Mar 21, 2013, 03.06 PM IST
CHENNAI: The state, which saw a disastrous crop failure owing to poor monsoon and Karnataka’s refusal to release water, has decided to give more thrust to the agriculture sector, with the AIADMK government allocating Rs 5,189.15 crore for the next fiscal year. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa will shortly announce a relief package for the farmers of non-delta districts, who were worst hit by the poor monsoon.
This was announced by the finance minister O Pannerselvam, while presenting the budget for the year 2013-14. The state witnessed the worst yield in the last irrigation year, with tens of farmers who were unable to overcome the loss committing suicides. The state’s high-level team, including senior ministers and bureaucrats of various departments, including public works department, municipal administration, rural department and agriculture conducted field investigations and upon their report, the state government announced a relief package to the tune of Rs 1,517 crore in February last.
“A drought memorandum is being submitted to the Centre,” Pannerselvam said. Having got the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal notified, the state is now taking steps to have the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee constituted.The state government has already moved the Supreme Court praying for a direction to the Centre, as this would ensure that the Karnataka store the stipulated quantum of water for the Tamil Nadu’s irrigation year that begins in June.