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Mr. Ambarish told presspersons here on Wednesday that the Government was paying Rs. 1 lakh as compensation to the family members of farmers who had committed suicide. But this would set a bad precedent in rural society and might create a situation in which children would conspire or force elders in the family to end their life in the hope of getting financial benefits from the Government.
The authorities should instead help farmers deal with the crisis by providing them alternative sources of livelihood. He also pointed out that not all suicide cases were related to debt. Commenting on the Cauvery crisis and Tamil Nadu's fresh demands for water, Mr. Ambarish said Tamil Nadu was seeking water as per the agreement despite knowing that the amount of water in reservoirs in Karnataka was inadequate. "Tamil Nadu believes it may not get water in the future if it does not make such demands. Demanding the release of Cauvery water has become a tradition," he added.
Mr. Ambarish said if there was adequate water the State would release it since it could not impound all of it. "We do not have sufficient water and are worried about the drinking water requirements of the people and cattle. We belong to the same country and we should resolve the crisis amicably," Mr. Ambarish added.
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