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Get water from Karnataka to save standing crop

PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has appealed to the state government to release water from Mettur reservoir to save the standing crop. To facilitate the farmers, he urged the state government to get our due share of water from Karnataka government, as its reservoirs are full to its brim. 

The standing samba paddy crops across the delta region have started to wither, due to want of irrigation water. This was due to the poor rain during monsoon and the refusal of water from Karnataka, he alleged. Due to the poor inflow as well as the continuous discharge of water from Mettur reservoir, the water level has drastically begun to decline. 

This situation has made delta farmers worry since the standing crop should be irrigated within regular intervals. The water released from Mettur – 7000 cusecs, would never meet the requirement of the farmers in delta districts. 

PMK wants gold and gold jewellery to be exempted from GST

The PMK on Friday asked Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to exempt goldand gold jewellery, which are bought by low income and middle class people to meet their compulsory needs, from the GST.

Welcoming the decision of the GST Council meeting on Thursday to exempt 29 handicraft items from GST, the party wants the central government to extend the same benefit to a few other handicraft items, as well as the GST on gold and gold jewellery.

Recalling that prior to the GST, 15 states had totally exempted tax on handicrafts and only eight states had a maximum of 5% tax, PMK founder S Ramadoss said the implementation of the GST saw handicrafts come under the highest 28% tax bracket.

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