‘Ahluwalia’s proposal risk-prone’

Published: 17th September 2012 12:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2012 12:36 PM   |  A+A-

Coming out heavily against Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s proposal not to oppose to conversion of paddy fields for other uses, the Kerala Shastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) said that on the contrary steps should be taken to strictly implement provisions of the Paddy and Wetland Conservation Act.

 If the provisions of the Act were diluted, it would have very serious implications on the food and water security of the state. Ahluwalia’s proposal will be dismissed by the people of this state, it said.   The argument that the state can ensure food security if there is sufficient cash is dangerous thinking, the Kerala Shastra Sahitya Parishad  said.

 It should be remembered that other states had banned the flow of rice to the state when there was drought, the KSSP said.

 ‘’We do not say that we can produce all that is needed from the paddy fields of the state. The state is able to produce about 8 lakh tonnes of rice. The state should  strengthen this base,’’ KSSP president K T Radhakrishnan said in a statement here.

The KSSP also said that the protection of paddy field was not just for ensuring food security but also for preserving the paddy ecosystem which has rich biodiversity, he said. It should be noted that in countries like Japan where agriculture has dwindled to only a few green patches the government is spending public money for the preservation of paddy fields.

The KSSP said that the tourists were coming to the state not for playing golf but for enjoying the beauty of the state. 

If tourism has to sustain, then there should be lakes, paddy fields and greenery, it added.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp