Article courtesy of Sukhbir Siwach | January 8, 2015 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material
Hundreds of farmers from 40 villages sat on protest in Hisar on Wednesday to oppose reduction of their share of canal water, which is leading to drinking water scarcity in the area. Water scarcity in villages situated near Rajasthan border has forced farmers to go on agitation as groundwater level has gone down around 200 feet.
The affected farmers from Hisar and Siwani block of Bhiwani district on Wednesday met irrigation department officials at Hisar to express their misery. “As per the previous system, farmers in these 40 villages used to get water supply for eight days each time after closure of the canal for 15 days. But as per the new system, water is being supplied for just six days after 24 days each time as the water has been diverted to neighbouring Balsamand village area,” said farmers leader Dayanand Poonia. “Because of decrease in the quota, farmers are forced to buy drinking water from neighbouring areas,” he added.
When state irrigation minister Om Prakash Dhankar came to know about the protest on Wednesday, he directed officials to assure that share of farmers is not cut. Chief engineer Anil Gupta told TOI that farmers would soon start getting their water share as per quota fixed previously. However, not satisfied with the assurances of irrigation officials, farmers have announced to launch an indefinite protest at Siwani from Thursday.
Sources said that the government has increased quota for Balsamand area of Hisar district for few days following problem of drinking water and long agitation by the farmers.