"Do not notify Cauvery tribunal award"

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: After two days of intense debate, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution demanding that the Union Government desist from gazetting the notification of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's final award.

The resolution said that the award had done great injustice to farmers of the State, and was therefore unacceptable. The ground situation in the Cauvery basin districts made it impossible to implement the tribunal's award. It urged the Centre to frame a national water policy for solving inter-State disputes. The Centre should not issue the notification till it formulated the water policy, the resolution said.

The resolution urged the State Government to continue its fight within the framework of the Constitution and law. It also urged the Centre to cooperate with the Government in securing justice for the State, which was prone to drought.

Leader of the Opposition N. Dharam Singh moved the resolution and J.C. Madhuswamy seconded it. Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Chaluvali Paksha staged a walkout in the House over non-inclusion of the word "rejection" ("thiraskara") in the resolution.

Mr. Singh called upon the Government to adopt the right approach before the tribunal to ensure justice to the people of the State. The resolution was drafted in consultation with all floor leaders of the House, he said.