Farmers protest water shortage

Post Source – By DAWN Correspondent – Thursday, 17 Jun, 2010

RAHIM YAR KHAN, June 16: Dozens of farmers from Sadiqabad tehsil have protested shortage and theft of irrigation water, alleging that irrigation and police departments are not taking any action. The protesters gathered in front of the DCO office here on Wednesday and chanted slogans against the irrigation and police departments.

Allah Ditta and Muhammad Azhar said due to theft, farmers of Chaks 157, 159, 161, 162 and 163/P at the tail-end of Seena Waar minor canal could not sow cotton for two consecutive seasons. They said they had informed irrigation superintending engineer (SE) Mohabbat Khan Baloch, but to no avail.

Chaudhry Muhammad Arshad and Allah Wasaya said the farmers of Chaks 153, 154, 155, 156 and 157 and Ghari Baiger village could not get irrigation water due to theft from Chandrami minor canal ahead of Adam Sahaba head with the connivance of irrigation officials.

They alleged that influential politicians had got transferred SE Chaudhry Abdul Majeed in whose tenure there was no water theft.

They alleged that influential farmers of Chaks 147, 148, 151, 152 and 158/P would steal irrigation water with the connivance of irrigation employees.

They said they had also pointed out water thieves many times, but the irrigation department had not taken any action in this regard.

The protesters met Finance and Planning EDO Babar Ammam Babar who assured them that their grievances would be resolved.

Later, SE Baloch also held a meeting with the protesters and took a two-day time to solve their problem.



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