Former Planning Commission member, Y.K.Alagh has been appointed by the Central Government to head the panel for drafting theÂ Â National Water Framework Act that will enable the centre to legislate on matters relating toÂ Â major concerns like equity, climate change, groundwater rights and international aspects of water resource utilization. Hitherto water has been solely a state subjectÂ Â Â and several disputes about river water sharing between the states are being adjudicated by tribunals set up for the purpose. This overarchingÂ Â legislationÂ Â willÂ Â help in making groundwater a public property , rationalize Interâ€State Water DisputesÂ Â and the River Board Acts. The rationale for the proposed national water law was spelt out in a concept paper submitted to the Planning Commission earlier by the former Water Resources Secretary RamaswamyÂ Â R. Iyer.
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Source : The Hindu, Thursday, August2,2012,p.12(Bangalore edition)