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Karunanidhi calls for early resolution to Cauvery dispute

J. Venkatesan

Urges Centre to ensure tribunal gave its final award at the earliest

NEW DELHI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday urged the Centre to ensure that the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal gave its final award at the earliest.

Speaking at the meeting convened by the United Progressive Alliance here, Mr. Karunanidhi appreciated the honest efforts and endeavours being taken by the UPA Government. However, he made a series of suggestions for the consideration of the Government for effective and proper implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).

He said to find a solution to the long pending dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the sharing of the Cauvery water, based on the demand by the DMK, the Government of India had constituted a Tribunal. The Tribunal had also given an interim award in June 1991, by which Karnataka should release 205 TMC ft water annually to Tamil Nadu. But even after many years of the interim award, the Tribunal had not given its final award. He wanted the Centre "to take all sincere measures so that final award is released at the earliest." On the desalination programme, he said the Government had proposed a scheme in the CMP for installation of desalination plants near Chennai at a cost of Rs.1,000 crores, already allocated in the annual budget for 2004-2005. But the implementation of the scheme was delayed.

River networking

He also urged the Centre to expedite the scheme on interlinking of rivers. He said: "Water is becoming a scarce commodity since nature is not kind enough to evenly distribute perennial rivers. Considering the difference in availability of water in various States, the Government of India had earlier announced a scheme to link all the rivers in India. The Supreme Court had advised the Government to implement this scheme by the year 2012. But no tangible progress is made in this scheme the people feel that we are lagging behind on this issue. Hence, I request to expedite the scheme"

On communal reservation, the DMK President said Tamil Nadu had enacted a legislation providing for 69 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Most Backward Classes and Backward Classes. This Act was incorporated in the Schedule IX of the Constitution. But since the Supreme Court verdict had restricted reservation to 50 per cent, he wanted the Centre to amend the Constitution giving powers to the State Governments to decide the percentage of communal reservation according to the population in the individual States.

Job reservation

He also wanted the government to consider providing for reservation in the private sector also.

He said transportation was an important infrastructure extremely important for speedy economic development. Pointing out that high-speed bullet trains had transformed several regions in Japan, Europe and Korea, he said the Government of India should introduce Bullet Trains connecting Information Technology corridors such as Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, which would give a tremendous boost to the already booming IT industry in these regions.

In the evening, Mr. Karunanidhi called on the CPI (M) leader, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, at this residence. It was described as a courtesy call.

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