Former Planning Commission member, Y.K.Alagh has been appointed by the Central Government to head the panel for drafting the National Water Framework Act that will enable the centre to legislate on matters relating to major concerns like equity, climate change, groundwater rights and international aspects of water resource utilization. Hitherto water has been solely a state subject and several disputes about river water sharing between the states are being adjudicated by tribunals set up for the purpose. This overarching legislation will help in making groundwater a public property , rationalize Inter‐State Water Disputes 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 Ramaswamy R. Iyer.
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Source : The Hindu, Thursday, August2,2012,p.12(Bangalore edition)