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Soon, new Bill to resolve issue of river water sharing

It will work as a model bill for the states, giving them a framework to come out with local laws

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Publish Date: Oct 13 2016 12:16PM | Updated Date: Oct 13 2016 12:16PM

Soon, new Bill to resolve issue of river water sharing

With the aim to resolve several inter-state disputes over river water sharing, Centre has come out with a draft, National Water Framework Bill, 2016.

 

The model legislation will be responsible for providing equitable share of a river's water in all the states without violating rights of others.

 

The model would work under the mechanism to manage river basin within the states via an integrated manner so that every state gets the benefit of the associated river. 

 

The draft Bill also pitches for establishing River Basin Authority for each inter-state basin to ensure "optimum and sustainable" development of rivers and valleys.

 

The bill will also devise an integrated approach to conserve water and manage groundwater in a sustainable manner.

 

Since water is a 'state' subject, the proposed legislation will not be binding on states for adoption even if it becomes a law through Parliament in due course.

 

It will work as a model bill for the states, giving them a framework to come out with local laws to use and conserve water.

 

The 26-page draft says that every person has a right to sufficient quantity of safe water for life within easy reach of the household regardless of caste, creed, religion etc.

 

The draft Bill will go to the Union cabinet for its approval. Once it gets the required nod, the Union water resources ministry will introduce it in the Parliament.