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Odisha Chief Minister demanded constitution of Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi dispute

Bhubaneswar:13/12/17;Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for constituting Tribunal as per section 4(1) of Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 to resolve Mahanadi dispute. Key issues raised by him in the letter:

o After assuring Hon’ble Supreme Court of constituting a Tribunal to resolve the dispute, Centre changed its stand completely by stating that the Tribunal can’t be constituted
o State of Odisha and Madhya Pradesh had agreed to constitute a Joint Control Board, which is being used as a pretext for not constituting a Tribunal. JCB was intended for monitoring of certain joint projects contemplated in 1983 by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh (predecessor of Chhattisgarh). None of those were taken up and hence JCB was never even constituted.

o Federal scheme of Indian Constitution does not countenance forcing the unwilling State to negotiate or deliberate particularly in a situation like this where opposite State is using negotiation as a handle to delay to adjudication.
o Since Chhattisgarh Government has unilaterally and surreptitiously gone ahead with construction of dams and barrages on Mahanadi basin, State Government does not see any purpose in further negotiating
o Hirakud Dam in downstream Odisha has already suffered and is likely to suffer heavily much to the prejudice of people of Odisha

Chief Minister Shri Patnaik demanded constitution of Tribunal at the earliest to protect the interests of 4.5 crore people of Odisha.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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