Bhutan provides irrigation water to farmers in Assam. While India and Bhutan continue to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, Bhutan has taken steps to guarantee that Assam’s farmers encounter no extra obstacles. Through this era, the Himalayan Kingdom has guaranteed that the district of Baksa in Assam continues to get irrigation water.
The COVID-19 Task Force in the Jomotshangkha block removed a recent obstruction. And repaired an irrigation canal to provide an uninterrupted flow of irrigation water to neighboring communities in India throughout the rice planting season.
It is to emphasize that the Jomotshangkha block in Samdrup Jongkhar district. Which borders Assam, is placed under lockdown since May 21 due to the region’s continue COVID-19 positive cases.
Bhutan’s move is particularly significant since portions of the Indian media claimed last year. That Bhutan had reportedly ceased delivering water to Indian farmers near the border in Assam’s Baksa and Udalguri districts. Bhutan has vehemently denied the media claims. In a statement issued last June, the Royal Government of Bhutan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. “This is a distressing allegation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to clarify that the news articles are completely baseless, as there is no reason to halt the flow of water at this time”. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Bhutan’s foreign minister, said, “This is a deliberate effort by entrenched interests to propagate disinformation and sow discord between the friendly people of Bhutan and Assam.”
Since 1953, almost 6,000 farmers from more than 26 revenue villages in the district have relied on a man-made irrigation canal (locally referred to as a ‘dong’). To transport water from Bhutan to a vast swath of rice fields on the Indian side of the district.