News : Call Centre Set Up to Clear Doubts of Farmers
Nov 19, 2013 -- To allay the fears of the farmers living in the Western Ghats region in the state, a call centre with land line (0471-2741134) and 24x7 mobile number (94472-71034) has been set up for clarifying doubts, Chandy said. "There are reports that lot of misinformation campaign is going on such as none can fish from the rivers and registration of land in the ecologically sensitive regions is being blocked by officials. Such things cannot be allowed and those aggrieved could get clarifications directly,’’ he said.
Reiterating the government stand that not even a single person would be ousted from his dwelling or farm holding in the name of the Kasturirangan panel report, Chandy pointed out that in the Gadgil report, 633 grama panchayats were notified as ecologically sensitive.
"In the Kasturirangan report, it has been brought down to 121 grama panchayats spread over 123 villages,’’ Chandy said. "The ecologically sensitive areas have been marked using the remote sensing method, through which, the entire plantation areas covering cardamom and rubber have been brought under the category. I am confident that nothing adverse to the farmers like these will be in the notification. It is the duty of the state as well as my personal commitment to stand by the farmers,’’ he said.
The CM said Kerala is the only state in the country which could rightfully claim the protection of farmers. "Against the national average of 19.5 per cent forest cover, the state has 29.1 per cent cover. This is in spite of the high population density in the state. It shows that the state has been able to protect its forests and biodiversity through people’s participation. Farmers are aware of its importance, he said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013