Loksatta congratulates winners – What next for Tamil Nadu?
Friday, May 16th, 2014 @ 8:46PM
Loksatta Party congratulates BJP for emerging as the party with single largest majority, ADMK for securing maximum number of seats in Tamil Nadu, AAP for opening account in parliament by means of clean politics and all the victorious candidates.
Loksatta Party suggests that the ADMK government should use this golden opportunity to settle various Tamil Nadu specific issues.
First and foremost is water scarcity issue. This issue is haunting many districts in TN, particularly the delta and southern districts.The government of Tamil Nadu should hold talks with the new government in the Centre to amicably settle the Cauvery issue. It should take steps to perform regular maintenance of water resources and should prevent the theft of riverbed sand.
The issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen has been highly politicized and the failure of recent talks between Indo-Lankan fishermen suggests that this issue should be resolved at the earliest. To prevent Indian fishermen crossing the boundary, the govt should facilitate deep-sea fishing by providing grants to the fishermen to buy deep-sea fishing boats. These grants can jointly be funded by the Centre and State governments. Loksatta has also stressed this point in its manifesto.
Power corridors between South and rest of India can be strengthened and its capacity should be increased . Mining of TN’s captive mines in Chhattisgarh & Odisha should be done faster to avoid import of coal. Building more central and state owned power plants in TN along with the above recommendations will help us to get relieved from the issue of power shortage in TN.
And very importantly, ‘Right To Services’ act should be implemented in Tamil Nadu to eliminate bribery for getting government services. The MPs should voice in favor of this act in parliament and get this implemented in other Indian states as well. Also to investigate errant authorities, a strong institution (Lok Ayukta) should be established in the state.