Complaints about erratic power supply from farm electrical connections and voltage fluctuations and demands to ensure proper desilting of waterways dominated the monthly farmers’ grievance redress meeting in Tiruchi on Friday.
R. Raja Chidambaram, Secretary of State, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, said Tangedco provides three-phase power supply from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the delta and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in non-delta areas of the state. , in addition to the supply given during the night hours. But the power supply was erratic.
With several farmers running their motor pumps at the same time, there were frequent power outages. In addition, strong voltage fluctuations in the power supply damaged the motor coils. The government should revise the timing and stagger the electricity supply by adopting an area-specific shift system as before and safeguard the interests of farmers, he said.
Ayilai Siva.Suriyan, District Secretary, Communist Party of India affiliate Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, while welcoming the government’s decision to provide an additional 50,000 free agricultural power connections this year, called for connections to all pending requests . He also called on the district authorities to extend the planned link road from Sunnabukaranpatti Court campus to Pettayanthalai along the bank of Uyyakondan river.
Collector S.Sivarasu, while answering a call from N. Ganesan, co-secretary of Tamil Nadu Dairy Farmers Welfare Association, said farmers can apply online to collect “the vandal man” (reservoir sediments) of irrigation reservoirs from Monday. They would have to apply with the relevant documents such as their chitta/adangal land and the approval would be given at collector level, he said.
N. Veerasekaran, Secretary of State, Bharathiya Kisan Sangam, urged the collector to ensure that proper studies to fix the boundaries of the watercourses are carried out before the desilting works are carried out. Echoing his view, R. Subramanian, assistant secretary of the Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, said that an investigation should be carried out on the Kudamuritti channel so that it is de-sanded over its entire width as part of the special program currently being carried out by the Department of Water Resources.
In response to a call from P. Viswanathan, Chairman, Tamizhaga Eri Mattrum Attru Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam, Mr. Sivarasu said that the Water Resources Department is currently only de-silting category “A” and “B” canals and canals “C” and “D”. would be de-silted by the Department of Rural Development whenever necessary.
Earlier, a group of farmers led by P.Ayyakkanu, Chairman, Desiya Thenindia Nadigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam were arrested by police after they attempted to hold a dharna at the collector’s office to protest the authorities’ failure to to control corruption at the central purchasing offices and to assert their other claims. Mr. Ayyakannu alleged that the practice of DPC staff to demand bribes from farmers to procure their paddy was not checked.