BAKSA: At the request of the Bhutan India Friendship Association (BIFA), the district administration and office of the Mayor of Samdrup Jongkhar town under the Royal Government of Bhutan have agreed to maintain the irrigation channels of the Indian farmers along the Assam-Bhutan border in Darrangamela area.
Most of the Indian villages located along the Assam-Bhutan Border area are entirely dependent on the river water flowing from Eastern Bhutan for agriculture purpose. The sources of water are 1-3 km inside Bhutan and frequent maintenance is necessary during heavy rainfall. Due to sealing of international border due to the COVID-19 pandemic and followed by the restriction imposed on gathering of people in large numbers, Indian farmers have been unable to enter Bhutan for the maintenance of irrigation channels for water supply.
Therefore, considering the request of Emanuel Moshahary, MLA of Tamulpur LAC, and keeping in mind the close friendship between the people of Bhutan and India, BIFA, with the support from the Royal Government of Bhutan, will take care of the maintenance of irrigation channels of the Indian farmers free of cost till the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves.
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