Cauvery: SC panel submits report

The high-level committee constituted by the Supreme Court on Monday submitted its report and has said that farmers from both the states are suffering because of scarcity of water.

“The standing crops in both states are badly affected. The situation is grim in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Mandya district in Karnataka  is the worst affected. It has witnessed many suicides,” the report stated.
* In Karnataka, the crops that have survived so far are in mid-growth stage, require more  water.
* The water application techniques are outdated and unscientific and the value of water is not realised.

* Alternative low water crops have been sown in some of the areas. Some of the areas, which are good as of now, will wither away if water is not made available.
* There have been large number of suicides reported in Mandya district of Karnataka.
* The government of Karnataka has declared 42 out of 48 taluks in Cauvery basin as drought-affected. This is based on Central government guidelines.
The committee has suggested that there should be joint cooperation and efforts to give some relief to the farmers in both the states.  During the field visit, the status of the agricultural areas was collected and reported in a separate volume.

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