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Cauvery Water Management Authority brought under the Jal Shakti Ministry: Central government

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On April 29, 2020 The central government has brought the Cauvery Water Management Authority(CWMA) under the Jal Shakti Ministry, which was earlier under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.Cauvery Water Management Jal Shakti MinistryKey Points

i.This decision is a  formality of business allotment, which means that the authority must report to the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

ii.The move will have no impact on the independent nature of the functioning of the authority.

iii.Water management authorities of other rivers have also been brought under the ministry, which was earlier under the same ministry as CWMA.


i.Central government under Section 4 of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 had constituted the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on June 2, 1990 to address the dispute regarding the Inter-State river Cauvery and the river valley among the States of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union territory of Puducherry.

ii.Under section 6A of the Act, the Central Government notified the Cauvery Water Management Scheme on 01st June, 2018, inter alia, constituting the ‘Cauvery Water Management Authority’ and the ‘Cauvery Water Regulation Committee’  to give effect to the decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal as modified by the Court on 16th February, 2018

iii.The board has the members of riparian states & a nominee of the Centre.

Jal Shakti Ministry
It is formed by merging Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in May 2019
Union Minister– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Constituency- Jodhpur)
Minister of state– Rattan Lal Kataria (Constituency- Ambala)