Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Cauvery row: Centre submits draft scheme in Supreme Court

Cauvery row: Centre submits draft scheme in Supreme Court

Earlier, the court was irked when the Centre had sought time on the ground that the Union Cabinet was not able to meet to approve the draft scheme as the leaders, including the Prime Minister, were busy in the campaign for assembly polls in Karnataka.

"I hope there will be a good verdict on 16 May", he told reporters, apparently referring to the Supreme Court saying on Monday that it would consider and approve the scheme that day. "We plan to discuss and demand Tamil Nadu's rightful share of water from different dams", Kamal said.

Palaniswamy's deputy O Panneerselvam said former chief ministers MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa had struggled to secure Tamil Nadu's interests on the complex issue.

The meeting will be conducted under the banner - The Voice of Tamil Nadu for Cauvery.

Kamal also went on to elaborate that the advisory meeting is the result of farmers coming together and that MNM is only trying to galvanise support for the initiative.

This would get compensated by the groundwater that the delta region of Tamilnadu was allowed to draw, the court said.

The Centre would contribute Rs 2 crore for setting up the authority.

MDMK founder Vaiko said the "question mark that remains is" whether any new panel would be an empowered one.

The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) floated by Kamal Haasan has also called an all party meeting here on May 19. It would have an "eminent engineer" as chairman, two full-time and two part-time members each to be appointed by the Centre (from the water resources and agriculture ministries) and four part-time members to be represented by the four states.

The apex court on February 16 asked the Centre to formulate the scheme to ensure compliance of its judgement on the Cauvery dispute.

The Centre had yesterday filed a draft Cauvery management scheme before the Supreme Court, in line with its directive. Karnataka had been demanding implementation of the Distress Formula, in which water to Tamil Nadu could be shared by Karnataka, based on the availability in the reservoirs of the Cauvery basin.

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