TN Assembly passes unanimous resolution urging Centre to form Cauvery board

TN Assembly passes unanimous resolution urging Centre to form Cauvery board

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the Centre set up a Cauvery water management board and a Cauvery water regulation committee within six weeks as ordered by the Supreme Court on February 16.

Soon after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami moved the resolution at a special sitting of the Assembly, floor leaders of various parties spoke on the issue after which it was adopted by voice vote by Speaker P Dhanapal.

The special sitting was being held a couple of hours after Deputy Chief Minister O Panneersekvam, who also holds the Finance portfolio, presented the budget for the year 2018-19.

“The House urges the Centre to constitute the board and committee vested with all powers as per the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the judgment of the Supreme Court within six weeks as directed by the court to effectively implement the final award,” the resolution said.

On February 16, the Supreme Court had ordered that the Centre set up a Cauvery Management Board within six weeks to ensure that its ruling to allocate the river water to the two states is implemented.

“When we say so, we also categorically convey that the need based monthly release has to be respected. It is hereby made clear that no extension shall be granted for framing of the scheme on any ground,” reads the Supreme Court order.