Cauveri Delta Farmers' plea to Narendra Modi
Cauveri Delta Farmers Welfare Association today appealed to the Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and the new government to be formed under his leadership at the Centre to form the Cauvery Management Board and Water Regulation Committees to implement the final award of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.
In a statement here, Association's Working president Mahadhanapuram V Rajaram hoped that the Modi government would do justice to Tamil Nadu in the vexed water dispute.
He said the Cauvery was one of the oldest river water disputes in the country. "When there is surplus, there is no problem. Problem crops up only when there is a deficit," he said and recalled the suggestions on ways of sharing distress made by the tribunal.
He said the formation of Cauvery Management Board was of utmost importance. It was unfortunate that it had not been formed for the past seven years though the final award was delivered in 2007.
He recalled tribunal's final award which suggested that a Cauvery Management Board on the lines of the Bakra-Beas Board should be formed. "In our opinion, the necessity of setting up a suitable mechanism [a management board] is of utmost importance. Furthermore, such a mechanism should be adequately empowered. This should have powers to implement the Tribunbal's decision. Otherwise, we [the Tribunal] are afraid that our decision would remain on paper," he said.
"Though the tribunal has made it clear in its final award, the Board has not yet been formed. Unlike the Congress-led government [UPA-II] which did not take steps to form the Board, we hope the Modi government will address the issue on a priority basis," he added.
(Posted on 21-05-2014)