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EPS-OPS to meet Modi in Delhi, CM asks PM to suspend Dam Safety Bill

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam together will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 17 June. During the meeting, they will discuss various issues pertaining to the State, reports said.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the PM today, Palaniswami requested him to keep in abeyance a decision to enact a law on dam safety till all the states are consulted and consensus evolved.

The chief minister’s reaction comes against the backdrop of the Union cabinet approving the draft Dam Safety Bill, 2018.

In a letter to Modi, Palaniswami requested that the decision arrived at by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday to legislate the Act on the Dam Safety Bill, 2018, be kept in abeyance till all states were consulted annd a consensus was evolved.

He said late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had earlier raised objections to “certain clauses” of the draft Bill, 2016 “since they encroach upon powers of state governments and also rights conferred on the state by virtue of Inter-State Agreements on dams owned, operated and maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu but located in another state.”

“Hence it was urged that legislation on dam safety should be re-examined and it should not be proceeded with, in haste, without considering the objections raised by Tamil Nadu threadbare,” he said.

“This Bill would have wide ramifications on the dams operated and maintained by the state, especially those dams which are owned, operated and maintained by the Tamil Nadu government, but located in the neighbouring state,” he added.