Centre, TN Govt move SC on Cauvery Board issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Apr 2018 09:00:10



THE Centre and Tamil Nadu on Saturday moved the Supreme Court on the issue of constitution and composition of the Cauvery Management Board in compliance with the February 16 apex court verdict on the decades-old river water-sharing dispute.

Centre sought three-months time to implement the apex court order due to the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections.
Besides extension of time, the Centre asked for clarification on various issues for formulation of a “scheme” for implementing the decision of the top court.

Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, sought contempt action against the Centre for “failure” to frame the scheme for constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee within six weeks as directed by the apex court on February 16.

The Centre, in its petition, said that since there were divergent views between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on the constitution of the CMB, the apex court should clarify whether “it is open to the Central Government to frame the scheme under 6A at variance with the recommendations contained in the report of the CWDT (Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal) regarding Cauvery Management Board”.

Karnataka has opposed constitution of the CMB and sought some alternative mechanism in place of any such board for complying with the scheme to implement the verdict.

The Union Government also said considering overall sensitivity of the issues involved, the apex court may also clarify whether it has any flexibility in modifying the composition of the CMB to “a mixture of administrative and technical body” and “not purely a technical body” as recommended by the CWDT for effective conduct of the business.