Fact Check: Did Bhutan Stop Flow Of Irrigation Water For Indian Farmers?

Many media portals reported that Bhutan has stopped supply of Irrigation water for farmers in Assam. The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim.

India   |   27 Jun 2020 1:12 PM GMT / Updated : 2020-06-27T20:00:41+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Did Bhutan Stop Flow Of Irrigation Water For Indian Farmers?

A graphic is being circulated online with the claim that amid India's border trouble with her neighbours, Bhutan has stopped the supply of irrigation water to farmers in Assam.

The text displayed on the graphic reads, "Now Bhutan stops the irrigation water for Indian farmers for the first time in 67 years! This is going to affect over 6000 farmers from 26 villages along the border in Baksa dist, Assam. Don't know how many disaster we would see under the Surrender Modi's regime"

The claim was also propagated by several news portals.

The Times of India:

News 18:

South Asian monitor:

Further, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy quote tweeted Southasian monitor.

His tweet has been shared over 2000 times.

On social media platforms, several users shared the same information. The general notion of these posts was that "after China, Pakistan and Nepal, now Bhutan has also started hassling India".


Bhutan has stopped irrigation water to Indian farmers in Assam.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

Bhutanese Foreign Ministry Refutes Claim

The Bhutanese foreign ministry issued a press release, that refuted the viral claims and stated that the news articles are totally baseless and called it "a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation and cause misunderstanding between the friendly people of Bhutan and Assam".

Below is the press release:

According to the communique, the farmers of Baksa and Udalguri districts of Assam, adjoining Samdrup Jongkhar district of Bhutan, have been benefitting from Bhutan's water sources for several decades. Usually, during this time of the year, farmers from Assam enter Bhutan to manage the irrigation channels.

However, since the borders of both countries were sealed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian farmers could not enter Bhutan to maintain the irrigation channels. This led to the disruption of irrigation water supply to Assam.

According to the Bhutanese government, the indigenous people of the concerned regions are trying to repair these irrigation channels to ensure smooth flow of water to Assam. Heavy monsoon, however, is hampering work.

The ministry has released photographs which show how the local administration is working to clear the irrigation channels.

Viral Picture Is Five Years Old

It is noteworthy to mention that the photo in the viral graphic is actually 5 years old.

The website for Bhutan's agriculture and forests ministry has posted that photograph on April 20, 2015.

Therefore, the viral graphic misleads people into believing that India's relationship with her neighbours continues to tarnish.

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Also Read: "Totally Baseless": Bhutan Dismisses Reports Of Water Stoppage To Assam

Claim Review :  Bhutan has stopped irrigation water to Indian farmers in Assam.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Vijay S Hegde

Vijay S Hegde

Trainee Creative Producer

"I am a creative, artistic and ambitious designer, with a talent for thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative ideas and designs. I graduated with a 1st Class honors degree in Video Editing from MAYA ACADEMY OF ADVANCED CINEMATICS"

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