MP urges govt to hold talks with TN over Cauvery issue

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

Mandya: With the Supreme Court issuing a directive to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh, on Thursday, urged the state government to hold talks with the neighbouring state to find an amicable resolution. She told the media: When talks are held between two countries to resolve the issues, it is possible to hold talks between two states when there are no legal options available. We are also ready to be part of the delegation to convince the Tamil Nadu government over the situation prevailing in our region and our inability to release the water.We are not against releasing water to the neighbouring state, but it is not possible to release water in the present situation, she asserted. Asked about the demand to tender resignations by the MPs, to pressurise the Centre on the issue, Sumalatha said that it would not be of any use. Neither the Union government nor the PM can interfere in the matter. Previously, my husband and MP Ambareesh had resigned as a Union minister over the same issue. If the same situation arises, I will not even wait for a second. Stating that she had appraised both the PM and Union Jal Shakti minister about the issue, Sumalatha said that she had also sought time to raise the issue in the ongoing Lok Sabha session. I will urge the state and central governments to compensate the farmers of our region, in the eventuality of losing their crops, she said. Sumalatha took the opportunity to enlighten the farmers about the importance of crop insurance. I have been pressing the farmers to subscribe to crop insurance, but not many have come forward. It is also important that the officials create awareness, regarding the insurance so that the farmers are benefited at the time of distress, she added. She also took exceptions over the state officials not attending the meetings called by the Cauvery Water Management Authority. The Tamil Nadu officials attend the meetings in person, but our officials attend through video conference, she added. The Union Jal Shakti minister has assured of sending a committee to examine the situation both in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Sumalatha said.We also published the following articles recentlyKarnataka CM, Dy CM meet Jal Shakti Minister, inform inability to release Cauvery water to Tamil NaduKarnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar have informed Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat that the state is unable to comply with the order to release 5,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu due to a drought-like situation. The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the order. Shivakumar has also sought Prime Minister Narendra Modis intervention in convening a meeting of the four states involved. Karnataka is facing water shortage due to lack of monsoon rainfall and is already releasing 4,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu.Cauvery water dispute: Tamil Nadu minister Duraimurgan rules out talks with KarnatakaTamil Nadus water resources minister, Duraimurugan, has stated that there is no scope for talks with Karnataka regarding the sharing of Cauvery water. Tamil Nadu has taken the matter to the Supreme Court as previous talks have not been successful. The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the orders given to Karnataka by the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Tamil Nadu is now waiting for the next meeting of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee on September 26 for further action.Protests erupt in Karnataka as Supreme Court refuses to interfere with orders to release Cauvery water to Tamil NaduProtests have erupted in various parts of Karnatakas Cauvery river basin districts after the Supreme Court upheld orders to release 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. Farmers and pro-Kannada organisations staged protests, urging the state government not to release water. They argue that the orders are in favour of Tamil Nadu without considering the water level in reservoirs, standing crops, and drinking water needs of Karnataka. The Cauvery Water Management Authority has asked Karnataka to continue releasing water for another 15 days.

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