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Government agrees for Cauvery Management Board

Government agrees for Cauvery Management Board

On May 14, the Centre had submitted a draft scheme on the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, after several delays and warnings from the court. He said the Centre's draft scheme did not take this into account.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has reserved judgement to "examine the draft to see whether it is in consonance with our judgment and pass a order".

The Kerala government, also which is a beneficiary in the scheme, also objected to the Centre's draft, contending it got only 4% of the water but was expected to shell out 15% of the cost towards the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

While Tamil Nadu has insisted on calling the scheme the Cauvery Management Board, the Centre maintained that it was fine with any nomenclature- Board, Authority or Committee.

Mr Naphade opposed the suggestion and said "Constitution does not contemplate a vacuum and it is wrong to say that there is no government in Karnataka now".

The scheme, once finalised, would deal with the issue of water share of the four states in different circumstances like normal and deficient water years in the Cauvery river basin. The direction came after Karnataka government said that it would like to file objections on the Centre's draft scheme on distributing the waters of the Cauvery River.

Almost three months after the Supreme Court directed the Centre to form a scheme implementing its judgment in the Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Centre has filed a draft of the scheme to the Supreme Court on May 14. "The court can not wait till July as the first release of water from the Cauvery is scheduled in June", Naphade said.

"All of us saw how Prime Minister Narendra Modi misused the office of Governor in Tamil Nadu".