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Cauvery issue: Government concerned about farmers of TN & Karnataka, says Arun Jaitley

Post Supreme Court's order to Karnataka on the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and the protest following it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today expressed concern about the farmers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

By: | Updated: September 21, 2016 2:59 PM
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (AP) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (AP)

Post Supreme Court’s order to Karnataka on the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and the protest following it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today expressed concern about the farmers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Jaitley said the government is worried about farmers of both the states affected by the Cauvery issue.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court has ordered the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu on a daily basis for the following 10 days.

Following the SC order, violent protest spread out in parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, where in, several Tamil Nadu registered vehicles were burnt in the IT-hub of India. Clash between mobs and anti-riot paramilitary forces claimed the life of one, leaving another injured in Bengaluru’s Rajagopalnagar area.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the Supreme Court order to release water is unimplementable since the state lacks enough water avaibility. Siddaramaiah has called for an all-party meet and cabinet meeting to discuss the decade-old issue and decide the next step.

However, following a plea from the Karnataka government the Supreme Court reduced the amount of water to be released, from 15,000 cusecs to 6,000 cusecs per day til September 27.

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