June 29, 2020

Fact Check: Did Bhutan Stop Irrigation Water for Indian Farmers for the First time in 67 years?

A huge gathering of ranchers from towns like Bagajuli, Kalipur, Hatiduba, Santipur, Mariampur, Patkijuli, Belkhuti, Angarkata, and others in the Tamulpur sub-division of Baksa locale in Assam arranged a dissent under the pennant Kalipur Bogajuli Kalanadi Anchalik Don Bandh Samiti. They guaranteed that they were not accepting water from Kalindi stream in Bhutan through the casual water system channel framework along the Indo-Bhutan fringe towns. The fighting townspeople requested the Union government meddle to sift through the issue and guaranteed that almost 6,000 ranchers rely upon artificial channels, dongs in the nearby language, to develop their territories.

A few news sources announced the updates on the dissent by Assamese ranchers. A few people additionally spread bits of gossip that Bhutan was not offering water to ranchers in Assam. Messages posted via web-based networking media asserted that China is behind the noncooperation of neighboring nations like Nepal and Bhutan.

True Side:

The claim that the Bhutan government has blocked irrigation waters for Assamese farmers is FALSE.

For nearly seven decades, water from Kalindi is being diverted from Bhutan by the farmers of 26 villages of Baksa and Udalguri districts along the Indo-Bhutan border through the manmade channels. During the monsoon, these channels often get blocked and the farmers clear the obstacles and channel the water to their fields.

Meanwhile, the chief secretary of Assam and the Bhutan ministry of Home Affairs also clarified the issue. The CS of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna, explained that the natural blockage of the informal irrigation channels was the reason why farmers in Assam were not receiving water.

Hence the Claim is FALSE.

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