Centre is working on a Cauvery water sharing scheme: Meghwal

The scheme will be placed before the Union cabinet before it is filed in the Supreme Court says Minister

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), April 11:-The Union Government is in the process of working out a scheme for implementation of the Cauvery Waters Dispute Tribunal award on sharing of river waters between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal said here on Tuesday.

The lack of a mechanism for implementation of the Cauvery award was one of the issues on which Parliament was stalled during the second part of the Budget session. MPs from Tamil Nadu were in the Well of both the Houses demanding a Cauvery Management Board as per the directions of the apex court.

“I want to tell the people of Tamil Nadu that the Modi government is a responsive government. This matter is being politicised and it must not be. We want a permanent solution to this decades-old problem,’’ he told UNI.

Earlier Water Resources Secretary U P Singh said the Ministry will work out a scheme as per the orders of the Supreme Court before May 3.

“The scheme will be placed before the Union cabinet before it is filed in the Supreme Court, where the matter is being heard,’’ he said.

Meghwal said the Centre is abiding by what the Supreme Court said about forming a Cauvery River Management Board and a scheme under Section 6A of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act.

‘The Union Government has had consultations with the Chief Secretaries and Water Resources Secretaries of the concerned states and we have taken their views about the kind of mechanism they want,’ he said.

‘We also asked them whether they wanted technical person, a person of the judiciary or bureaucracy to head the board. In a federal structure we have to build a consensus with states. In the meantime, some states went to the court and the apex court said in three weeks, the Centre should come up with a scheme. We are doing that.’’

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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