Chennai, April 29 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday assserted that the decision of the Union Jal Shakti Ministry to bring the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) under it does not impair its power or independence.
A statement issued here by the state Public Works Department said that the Jal Shakti Ministry was formed by merging Ministries of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2019 and the bringing of CWMA under it was only an administrative decision and there will be no change in its powers.
This aspect was clarified by the Central government officials concerned, it said.
The state government said the farmers dependent on Cauvery river water will not be impacted.
Earlier in the day opposition parties like DMK, MDMK and others condemned the Central government’s move and threatened protests.
DMK President M.K. Stalin said huge protests, by mobilising political parties and farmers, will be held if the Central government does not revoke its decision to bring the CWMA under the Jal Shakti Ministry.
He also urged Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to convene a Cabinet meeting and pass a resolution asking the Central government to drop its latest move.
Stalin said what was supposed to be an independent body has been brought under the administrative control of the Central government and “this is nothing but injustice”.
The CWMA was set up to share Cauvery river water between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala.
According to Stalin, the Central government’s move will affect the Tamil Nadu’s farmers.