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Cauvery River to Safeguard Tamil Nadu’s Kuruvai Paddy Fields

The Tamil Nadu government aims to save its Kuruvai paddy crop using Cauvery water from Karnataka amid protests, while AIADMK calls for compensation for farmers' crop losses.

Shivangi Rai
Counter protests began in Tamil Nadu with the farmers demanding the release of Cauvery water to sustain agricultural activities.
Counter protests began in Tamil Nadu with the farmers demanding the release of Cauvery water to sustain agricultural activities.

The government of Tamil Nadu has expressed its optimism in safeguarding the standing Kuruvai paddy crop in the state by utilizing the Cauvery River water released from Karnataka.

This development comes amid protests in Karnataka, where the Congress-led government has been instructed by the Supreme Court to release 5,000 cusecs of water daily until September 27, following the orders of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA).

In response, protests have erupted in Tamil Nadu, with farmers demanding the release of Cauvery water to support their agricultural activities.

Tamil Nadu's State Water Resources Minister, Duraimurugan, stated that they are hopeful about rescuing the Kuruvai crop thanks to the influx of Cauvery water.

He emphasized that Karnataka's release of water aligns with the Supreme Court's directive, and adhering to the court's verdict is a matter of political ethics. He also noted that the decision to accept or reject Karnataka's actions rests with the Karnataka government.

In a separate development, AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami held the ruling DMK responsible for the tragic death of a farmer, M K Rajkumar, from Thirukuvalai. Rajkumar reportedly experienced deep distress as his standing paddy crop withered due to insufficient water supply.

In response to this unfortunate incident, Palaniswami extended condolences and sympathy to the grieving family and friends. He urged the state government to provide financial assistance of Rs 35,000 per acre to farmers who have suffered crop losses.

In summary, Tamil Nadu hopes to preserve its Kuruvai paddy crop with the Cauvery water received from Karnataka, despite ongoing protests and disputes between the two states. The release of water is in compliance with the Supreme Court's orders, and the situation has raised concerns about the welfare of farmers in the region, with calls for compensation for crop losses.

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