Cauvery: Centre asks K’taka to name panel members before June 12

The Central government today directed Karnataka to submit its list of representatives who will be part of the Cauvery Water Management Scheme by June 12.

The development has come a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that it is not possible to open the Mettur dam for irrigation purpose on 12 June.

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday expressed its inability to release water from the Mettur dam for the ‘kuruvai’ (short-term) paddy cultivation in the delta districts of the state.

The CM, while speaking in the Assembly, also announced a Rs 115 crore package to help farmers take up cultivation using available water resource.

Leader of Opposition M K Stalin, who had earlier demanded that the government should release water on June 12, criticised the chief minister’s statement on the inability to open the sluice gate of Mettur dam as per schedule and led a walkout of DMK members.

The DMK’s allies, Congress and IUML later walked out of the House on the same issue.

The CM announced that for the sixth continuous year, the Kuruvai subsidy package will be implemented at a cost of Rs 115.67 crore for the benefit of the farmers.

He said just like the previous years, farmers will continue to get 12 hours of three phase power supply. “Along with many other benefits, pulses and seeds will be given at subsidised rate,” he added.