DMK to grill Govt move to make Cauvery delta a protected zone
Tamil Nadu

DMK to grill Govt move to make Cauvery delta a protected zone


The Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin has said he will grill the Government on its move to make Cauvery delta region a protected zone and stop drilling of wells for oil and gas.

In a statement, he has said he will question the Government in the coming budget session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly which is starting on Friday.

He has said he will question Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on his announcement that a special law will be enacted to stop further exploration of oil and hydrocarbon works in the Cauvery delta region.

In a statement, he has said only the Centre can stop ongoing projects in the region and it has not issued any such notification. Has the Chief Minister got the Centre’s nod?, he has asked. ”We will not spare the Chief Minister in the coming budget session”, he has said.

Welcoming in principle the decision as it will be a godsend to farmers, he has however wondered whether it is an attempt to hoodwink them as already drilling of exploratory wells for oil and gas has been going on in 31 locations in the delta region. Explaining why he is skeptical, Stalin has recalled that the same Government said it would never allow NEET, but it had come into force in Tamil Nadu.

Another issue that is expected to dominate the session is the unearthing of a major scam in the examinations conducted by the Public Services Commission in 2017 and 18 for recruitment for Class IV and II-A as well Village Administrative Officer jobs in connection with which 40 persons have been arrested so far.

Stalin has said the investigation should be handed over to the CBI as the Crime Branch CID will cover up involvement of top people without whose connivance such a major scam cannot have taken place. Stalin has reiterated that the Tamil Nadu Assembly should adopt a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the consequent National Citizenship Register and National Population Survey as Puducherry, Kerala. West Bengal. Punjab and other non-BJP States have done.

The AIADMK having voted for the CAB in Parliament, it will not allow a debate and Speaker P Dhanapal has already put Stalin’s notice in cold storage when he raised it in the first session last month

The DMK is also expected to ask the Government to prevail upon the Governor to give assent to a Cabinet recommendation sent to him in September 2018 for the release of all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in the light of the Supreme Court advice to the State to follow up on this.

The budget will be once again presented by Deputy Minister O Pannerselvam, who is holding the Finance portfolio. The State’s revenue has risen thanks to the Centre agreeing to compensate it for GST to the extent of nearly Rs 4,000 crore.

As this will be the last full fledged budget to be presented by the Edappadi Government before the next Assembly elections due by May next year, it is expected to have lot freebies and other sops.