Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday said the Mettur Dam could not be opened on June 12 for the ‘kuruvai’ (short-term) paddy cultivation.
Speaking under Rule 110 of the Assembly, he however announced a Rs 115 crore package to help farmers take up cultivation using available water resources.
Leader of Opposition M K Stalin, who had earlier demanded that the government release water on June 12, criticised the chief minister’s statement 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 said that since the water level at present is 39.42 feet and the inflow is only 2,190 cubic feet. “It is not possible to do irrigation with this present amount of water,” he said.
He also 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.
The CM 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. It may be noted the government last year announced the package costing Rs 56.92 crore.