Kumaraswamy demands debate on creation over Cauvery body; meeting PM


New Delhi, Taking up the Cauvery water dispute issue with the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday sought a debate in Parliament on the creation of Cauvery Water Management Authority and said he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Kumaraswamy also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday. He informed Mr Gadkari of the concerns over the Authority, which the Centre constituted recently on the basis of the Supreme Court order. “We are not against Cauvery Authority. But there are practical difficulties in the notified scheme which needs to be rectified; we will send names for the Cauvery authority at an appropriate time”, Mr Kumaraswamy told mediapersons here. The Karnataka Chief Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister in the evening. Earlier, Mr Kumaraswamy met Mr Gadkari and conveyed the state’s concerns on the Authority. “Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Karnataka Called on today. We discussed ongoing Highway projects and water resources in the state”, Mr Gadkari tweeted after the meeting. Mr Kumaraswamy said there should have been a discussion in Parliament as the creation of Authority is an interstate matter. “Centre has notified Cauvery authority without discussion in Parliament, Cauvery Management Scheme should be discussed in Parliament”, said Mr Kumaraswamy. He pointed out in the gazette notification on the constitution of the Authority, it is authorised to measure the water levels in the reservoirs once in 10 days and to direct farmers on what crop to farm. “This is not scientific and will badly affect our farmers. Who will pacify our farmers? We have many other objections and it has been raised. All these issues need to address urgently” said Mr Kumaraswamy. The Karnataka Chief Minister added that the Centre’s move infringed the rights of the state government in a federal system. He also pointed out that as per the Supreme Court order, Karnataka, the upper riparian state will release the water, however, after getting adequate rainfall the dams in Tamil Nadu, a lower riparian state, will fill, and excess water will be wasted. “We have federal system and the state governments are empowered to take decisions that will benefit the people. We want farmers of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to survive,” added Mr Kumaraswamy.

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