Jaya meets PM; raises dam issue

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise Kerala not to build a new dam across Mullaperiyar.

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2011, 22:44 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
advise Kerala not to build a new dam across Mullaperiyar and
sought a financial package for the state.

In her 40-minute meeting with Singh at Raj Bhavan soon
after his arrival on a two-visit to the state, Jayalalithaa
submitted a memorandum making a host of demands but skipped
any reference to the Koodankulam nuclear power project
standoff.

Amid the raging row over Mullaperiyar dam, she demanded
deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force to
safeguard the reservoir and withdrawal of the recent order of
the National Disaster Management Authority constituting a team
of experts for formulating a Contingency Response Plan for it.

In the 18-page memorandum, she also sought exemption of
Tamil Nadu from the proposed National Food Security Bill and
protection of the "traditional fishing rights" of Indian
fishermen in the Palk Bay and their safety and security in the
backdrop of attacks on them allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy.

Earlier, Jayalalithaa presented a shawl and a bouquet to
Singh when he landed at the airport here by a special
aircraft. This is Singh`s first visit to the state since she
returned to power six months ago.

PTI