The farmers had demanded that the central government clear the way for getting water from Bhutan which can have an impact on close to 5000 farmers.
New Delhi| The government of Bhutan on Friday refuted the reports that water supply to villages in India was blocked by the country. The foreign ministry of Bhutan rejected such reports calling it “Not True”. It said that the country has not stopped supplying water to bordering villages in India. “The canals are being repaired, due to which there is a problem in the supply of water,” it clarified.
Earlier on Thursday, there were reports that the neighbouring country has stopped releasing water to bordering districts which fall in Indian territory. As many as 25 villages of Baksa and Udalguri districts in north-eastern Assam are supplied water for irrigation from Bhutan. However, for the last few days, the water supply was stopped. This came amidst the rising India-China and India-Nepal tensions which led many to interpret that it has also joined the list of the neighbouring country upset with India.
Clarifications on the recent news articles published in India alleging that Bhutan has stopped the supply of irrigation…
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಗುರುವಾರ, ಜೂನ್ 25, 2020
The farmers of Assam demonstrated against the stoppage of water under the banner of Kalipur-Bogajuli-Kalandi Zonal Dong Dam Committee. The farmers had demanded that the central government clear the way for getting water from Bhutan. This can have an impact on close to 5000 farmers’ fields.
#WATCH: Assam Chief Secy Kumar Sanjay Krishna says, "Irrigation water comes to Assam from hills of Bhutan, but there was boulder which stopped the flow. We talked to Bhutan & they immediately cleared it. There's no dispute & to say that they stopped the water to Assam is wrong." pic.twitter.com/aNPNxclgJO
— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2020
Bhutanese govt has, however, said that the country closed our borders to prevent coronavirus infection. It is necessary for anyone coming from outside to stay in Quarantine for 21 days. “The people of Bhutan, especially those living along the borders of India, deeply value their age-old ties of friendship and cooperation with the people of India, particularly their close neighbours across the borders in Assam and West Bengal. The people of Bhutan feel that such ties of friendship, cooperation and support must continue and be reinforced during these difficult times,” the Foreign Ministry of Bhutan said.