To: Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra Chief Minister

Give the water allocated to industries back to the farmers battling the drought!

Give the water allocated to industries back to the farmers battling the drought!

Maharashtra has been hit by the worst drought in the last 4 decades.

● 11,800 villages are currently facing the drought.
● Approximately 29,50,000 families are suffering because of the drought
● In the worst hit areas like Dhule district, several people have fallen ill after consuming dirty water.
● Drinking water is supplied only once in 7-10 days to some villages and the villagers allege that even the municipal corporation is supplying polluted water.

This is not a case of a massive drop in rainfall, but a manmade drought.

Even though agriculture is the biggest occupation in the state with 64.14% of its people employed in agriculture (and allied activities) , Ajit Pawar recently declared that his priority is industries over agriculture.

“..from where will we give him water? Should we urinate in dams?” Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashatra to farmers affected by drought in Maharashtra.

Between 2003 to 2011 Ajit Pawar diverted 2,000 million cubic metres (mcm) of water meant for irrigation to industries. He later insulted us by offering to urinate in the dams to help irrigate our farmlands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEGTx9h-GD4&feature=youtu.be

Why is this important?

I have been involved in a struggle to save about 23,000 hectares of farmland against water diversion to Indiabulls power plant in Amravati district. If all the thermal power plants in the state receive the water as promised by the Maharashtra government, livelihoods of farming communities, already facing distress, will be under threat.

Corruption in irrigation and power generation has started eating into basic human rights. Do we want leaders in our government who prioritise money over lives of its hard working citizens?

A recent release by SANDRP says that while the 1972 drought could be called a natural calamity, the 2012-13 drought is a disaster of water management, accompanied by corruption, water-intensive cropping patterns; questioning the Chief Minister’s claims that this is a natural calamity.

Support me in asking the Chief Minister to halt all allocations and diversions to industries and provide water for irrigation and livelihoods of millions.

Maharashtra, India

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Reasons for signing

  • for the farmer's life, because they are also the part of the indian economics.
  • Saves lives over profit!
  • agriculture is one of the strongest contributer to our economy......it should not be neglected....no doubt industrilisation is important......bt not at tht expense of agriculture...sustainable use of water should be adapted to avoid manmade disasters....

Updates

2013-08-05 17:24:08 +0530

Sanjay Kolhe, along with a group of Greenpeace India volunteers met State Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and submitted the support of more than 2,75,000 people who have signed the petition demanding the CM of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan to give back the water that belonged to farmers.

The meeting closely followed the action of the group of volunteers, where they sought the 'vote' of peoples representatives by asking them to choose a 'charcoal matka' representing water for the coal power plants or a matka filled with grains and pulses - as a symbolic representation of a choice to provide water for farmers or coal power plants. Colaba police however escorted the young volunteers from approaching the MLA's in the area and later released them near Azad Maidan.

The Minister after carefully listening to the demands, endorsed the farmers irrigation water rights over coal power plants and advised the activists also to seek the legal route by to fight for their rights.