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TN says SC's reference to 'scheme' in verdict points to CMB

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The government today claimed that the term 'scheme' used by the in its February 16 Cauvery verdict pointed to the formation of the and another body.

"Accordingly, the 'scheme' refers to the formation of an organisation that will implement the final award of the and the verdict," a release said.

This comes a day after U P Singh's remarks that the apex court had never mentioned about these boards.

"has (in its order) not used the words Cauvery Management Board, it is basically saying a 'scheme.' It could be exactly what the tribunal had said," the told a meeting in yesterday.

The meeting convened by the union water resources ministry with all the stakeholders in the inter-state river dispute-- Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Puducherry-- had discussed the modalities of a scheme to be implemented.

This was in the light of the recent apex court order on the dispute.

The government officials during the meeting had said the "Centre has no other option than constituting the CMB and (CWRC)," the release said.

Opposition DMK has sought to know if the state government questioned Singh's remarks at the meeting.

Following the February 16 Supreme Court verdict on the vexed Cauvery dispute, has been insisting on constitution of the CMB and the CWRC.

Referring to portions from the judgment, the release here said the Supreme Court had ruled that the Centre should evolve a 'scheme' within six weeks that modified the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award.

Certain provisions of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956 have "clearly defined" what this 'scheme' means, the release said.

The officials claimed during the meeting that the 'scheme' mentioned in the apex court verdict referred to constitution of the CMB and CWRC and that these should be formed within six weeks.

The release said the underlined its commitment to uphold Tamil Nadu's rights on the Cauvery issue and vowed to protect the interests of the farmers who were dependent on the river water.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 18:30 IST