Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately take a call to link Ganga-Cauvery to solve water dispute of both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, says Venkatesh.
Keeping a bunch of handbills in his peanut basket, Venkatesh, native of Mukanahalli Village, Chamarajanagar District is distributing the handbills to the commuters between Mysuru-Bengaluru train from last two weeks, thereby asking people to raise voice over cauvery issue.
Venkatesh who has studied 4th standard, daily earns Rs 300 to Rs 500 by selling peanuts on wheels. Out of his hard earned money he has printed about 3,000 handbills and is distributing to the commuters in train. People who are happy after reading the handbills, have contributed him small amount of money to get more xerox and distribute for more people, which has brought happiness for him.
He is not only creating awareness among general public, which drawing attention of elected representatives who commute in trains by handing over the handbills. For those don’t know to read, he explains them for two-three minutes in oral.
In his four page booklet he has given a call for Kannadigas to come together and raise voice for the cauvery issues. He has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for linking Rivers Ganga and Cauvery to solve the water issues of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, including Andhra Pradesh. He has highlighted how even after Independence we are following the 1892 agreement and releasing water to Tamil Nadu, and failure to resolve the issue even after Independence of seven decades.
He has gone through Indian Constitution, Cauvery Water Judgements, Commiitees report before penning a write up.
Speaking to Express, 35-year-old Venkatesh said: 'I come across river cauvery several times in a day, while commuting between Bengaluru-Mysuru. From last 15 years am selling peanut in trains, and a special bondage has developed within me, which made me to print handbills and educate people.'
The State government should give importance to distribute water for farmers in the five district of Cauvery Catchment area and protect the interest of farmers. If same thing continues for couple of years, farmers in the region will migrate to urban areas in search of job to eke for livelihood, and villagers will disappear gradually, says Venkatesh.
Hailing from a poor farmer family, I know the ups and downs in agriculture sector, plights of farmers and importance of water. Any citizen takes a call over the row, I will be very happy. Its high time PM Modi should intervene and resolve this issue, he stressed.