CM vows compensation to Sal-Bicholim farmers


Mindful that the ongoing protest by Tillari rehabilitees and Maharashtra government’s delay in releasing Tillari water to Goa has severely hit farmers in Sal-Bicholim, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday assured suitable compensation to the affected farmers.
Stating that the deadlock between the Maharashtra and Goa governments over the Tillari water will be resolved with Maharastra’s chief minister assuring to release water within 2-3 days, Parrikar has also decided to divert some water from the Chapora River to those fields dependent on the Tillari water.
The chief minister visited Sal village on Tuesday to take stock of the situation and to address the grievances of the affected farmers. He was accompanied by Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal, BJP Block President Manohar Shirodkar and government officials.
Sal Sarpanch Ghanasham Raut apprised the chief minister about the problems faced by farmers due to acute water shortage and also highlighted the plight of some farmers who are solely dependent on farming activities.
Requesting the farmers not to get carried away by conflicting and misleading statements, Parrikar said: “We will take all necessary steps to resolve the issue and Tillari water will come into Goa within the next few days. We will also compensate farmers for their losses on account of water shortage.”
“When we investigated the matter, we came to know that the entire issue is politically motivated. The Maharastra chief minister has assured to release water in the next 2-3 days. Till then, we have asked the irrigation department to pump the required water from the Chapora River to the fields so that the farmers don't suffer any further,” said Parrikar.
Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal also asked the farmers to have patience and assured that the issue would be resolved shortly.  During his tour of Sal, Parrikar visited some farms and took stock of the affected crops. [H]