Cabinet approves Inter State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2019

  1. The Union Cabinet has approved Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
  2. The bill seeks to amend the Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956.
  3. It aims to streamline the adjudication of inter-state water disputes and make the present institutional architecture robust.
  4. The bill provides for dissolution of existing tribunals. A key feature of the bill is the constitution of a single tribunal with different Benches. It also provides for setting strict timelines for adjudication.
  5. The Bill also proposes a Dispute Resolution Committee set up by the Central Government for resolving inter-State water disputes within 18 months.
  6. Article 262 of Constitution deals with adjudication of disputes relating to matters of inter-state rivers or river valleys.
  7. Article 262(2) states that neither the Supreme Court nor any other Court shall exercise jurisdiction in respect of any such dispute.
  8. Note: Water is a State subject.