The Minister of State for Water Resources claimed that several Parliamentarians shared his view & stressed on the need to evolve consensus
In the row over Cauvery water, today Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan emphasized the need for evolving a consensus to bring the water subject in the Concurrent List.
“As of now, water is a state subject & we cannot do much about it,” Minister said.
The Minister of State for Water Resources, who had spoken on this issue during the last Monsoon session of Parliament as well, said that several Parliamentarians shared his view & focused attention on the need to evolve consensus cutting across the party lines.
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and a Parliamentary Standing Committee in the past, too have stated on Water Resources the need for bringing this subject in the Concurrent List.
Irrigation, canal, water supplies, embankments, drainage and and storage fall in the state list.
On September 5, the Apex Court ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water of Cauvery river everyday to Tamil Nadu for next 10 days for betterment of plight of the farmers there.
A bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice U. Lalit directed Karnataka to ensure supply of water to Tamil Nadu, taking into consideration that samba crops in Tamil Nadu would get badly affected
Following the decision, pro-Kannada outfit activists & farmers hit the streets and observed bandh in Mandya district of Karnataka.