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Modi authorities works in cooperative federalism, Dam Safety Bill-2019 to not encroach state powers



By Rajnish SinghNew Delhi, December 2 (ANI): Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Thursday asserted within the Rajya Sabha that the ‘Dam Safety Bill-2019’ is not going to encroach on the powers of the States, stating that “we (Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government) work in cooperative federalism”.

Addressing the Upper House in his concluding assertion for the passage of the Bill, Shekhawat mentioned: “The Centre hasn’t any intention of taking over the power of the States as well as encroaching any of their rights.”The Union Minister talked about the purpose because it was the foremost concern of varied Opposition events.

Shekhawat mentioned 90 per cent of India’s dams are constructed on inter-state rivers.

He defined that when water is launched by a state then the states downstream are affected because of this.

“There have been several efforts undertaken to ensure a national body on dams has been constituted since the last 40 years. The Centre is trying to ensure that the body is constituted to ensure dam safety,” Shekhawat mentioned.

The Bill proposes the structure of the National Committee on Dam Safety and the National Dam Safety Authority. The National Committee on Dam Safety will type insurance policies and suggest laws to the National Dam Safety Authority.

The National Dam Safety Authority implements the insurance policies suggested to it. It may also represent two state our bodies — State Committee on Dam Safety and State Dam Safety Authority — if the laws is handed. The state committees’ capabilities are restricted on the state degree and are akin to these of nationwide committees. The Centre, can, nonetheless, amend the capabilities of those state committees via a notification, if and when it deems crucial.

The provisions of the Bill are proposed to be utilized to all specified dams within the nation which have a peak of greater than 15 metres, or between 10 metres to fifteen metres.

The Lok Sabha had handed the Bill on August 2, 2019.

Mentioning that 22 MPs took half within the debate on the Bill, Shekhawat mentioned: “The people of the country have been waiting for the Bill for the last 40 years as it ensures the security of those residing in downstream states, and that the move is to create an environment of security by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.”Rejecting claims of Opposition leaders that states weren’t approached earlier than the Bill was moved, the Minister mentioned {that a} Bill linked to dam security was circulated to States in 2002 primarily based on 1982 suggestions however solely Bihar confirmed its optimistic strategy then.

The Minister made it clear that the Centre neither has any intention to encroach the powers of state on the possession of dams, its water, electrical energy or operation, it solely made an modification to offer energy to the Centre to maintain a tab on the protection procedures.

“We work in Cooperative federalism,” Shekhawat mentioned.

The ruling social gathering additionally highlighted that the Bill was first launched by Congress in 2010. (ANI)