A- A A+
Last Updated : Feb 26 2020 9:40AM     Screen Reader Access
News Highlights
PM Modi, President Trump pledge to strengthen India-US comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership            India and US sign defence deals worth 3 billion dollars            HM Amit Shah says adequate forces have been deployed in affected areas of Delhi, situation under control            Egypt's former President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, who ruled country for 30 years passes away            Khelo India University Games: Savitribai Phule Pune University tops tally with 14 medals           

National News

Jul 31, 2019
8:22PM

Lok Sabha passes Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill

PTI
Lok Sabha has passed the Inter-state River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2019 with voice vote. 

The Bill seeks to amend the Interstate River Water Disputes Act 1956 to streamline the adjudication of inter-state water disputes. 

Under the Bill, when a state puts in a request regarding any water dispute, the central government will set up a Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC), to resolve the dispute amicably. 

The DRC will comprise of a Chairperson, and experts with at least 15 years of experience in relevant sectors as well as one member from each state who are party to the dispute, to be nominated by the state government.

The DRC will seek to resolve the dispute through negotiations, within one year, and submit its report to the central government. If a dispute cannot be settled by the DRC, the central government will refer it to the Inter-State River Water Disputes Tribunal.

Speaking on the Bill, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, this Bill will help adjudicate disputes relating to waters of inter-state rivers and river valleys at a faster pace. 

The Minister said, there is no timeframe to adjudicate disputes and tribunals were extended indefinitely. He also clarified that the government has no intention of outsourcing data.

Manish Tewari of Congress opposed the Bill saying the Bill is faulty. He said, the Centre has not consulted the states before bringing up this Bill. Mr Tewari termed the Bill as an assault on the federal structure and instead of solving the problems it would aggravate the matter.

Kalyan Banerjee of Trinamool Congress said, states should have been consulted before bringing the Bill.

Dayanidhi Maran of DMK said, the government should first nationalise the rivers and added that the Centre is toothless otherwise.


Lok Sabha has also passed the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill. The Bill amends the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 which provides for the eviction of unauthorised occupants from public premises in certain cases. 

The Bill adds a provision laying down the procedure for eviction from residential accommodation. If the person in unauthorised occupation of the residential accommodation challenges the eviction order passed by the estate officer in court, he will be required to pay damages for every month of such occupation.

Moving the Bill in the House, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the amendments will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorised occupants from government residences.

Members of Congress, Trinamool Congress, BJD, NCP and Shiv Sena were among those who took part in the debate.
 

Live Twitter Feed

Listen News

Morning News 26 (Feb) Midday News 25 (Feb) News at Nine 25 (Feb) Hourly 26 (Feb) (0905hrs)
समाचार प्रभात 26 (Feb) दोपहर समाचार 25 (Feb) समाचार संध्या 25 (Feb) प्रति घंटा समाचार 26 (Feb) (0900hrs)
Khabarnama (Mor) 26 (Feb) Khabrein(Day) 25 (Feb) Khabrein(Eve) 25 (Feb)
Aaj Savere 26 (Feb) Parikrama 25 (Feb)

Listen Programs

Market Mantra 25 (Feb) Samayki 25 (Feb) Sports Scan 25 (Feb) Spotlight/News Analysis 24 (Feb) Samachar Darshan 23 (Feb) Radio Newsreel 25 (Feb)
    Public Speak

    Country wide 20 (Feb) Surkhiyon Mein 20 (Feb) Charcha Ka Vishai Ha 19 (Feb) Vaad-Samvaad 25 (Feb) Money Talk 18 (Feb) Current Affairs 21 (Feb)
  • Money Matters 25 (Feb)
  • International News 25 (Feb)
  • Press Review 26 (Feb)
  • From the States 25 (Feb)
  • Let's Connect 25 (Feb)
  • 360°- Ek Parivesh 25 (Feb)
  • Know Your Constitution 30 (Jan)
  • Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat 24 (Feb)
  • Sanskriti Darshan 25 (Feb)
  • Fit India New India 26 (Feb)