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Bhutan rejects reports that it stopped irrigation water to Assam

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Bhutan on Friday denied media reports about the country stopping the supply of irrigation water to farmers in Assam. Bhutan officials termed the reports as “totally baseless” and a “deliberate attempt” by vested interests to cause misunderstanding with India.

In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan, said that since June 24, 2020 several news articles published in India have alleged that Bhutan has blocked water channels that supply irrigation water to Indian farmers in Baksa and Udalguri districts in Assam.

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“This is a distressing allegation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to clarify that the news articles are totally baseless as there is no reason why the flow of water should be stopped at this time,” it said in the statement.

The statement further said that it was a deliberate attempt by vested interests to spread misinformation and cause misunderstanding between Bhutan and Assam.