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Union Cabinet approves Bill to Setup Single Water Disputes Tribunal for quick resolution

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday held its meeting in the national capital which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the Bill that proposed to set-up an interstate River Water Dispute Tribunal in a bid to resolves water disputes in a time-bound manner.

Speaking to media after the Union Cabinet Meeting, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said there are many cases of water dispute pending before the tribunal for last 15-20 years.

The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019, sought to the arbitration of inter-state river water disputes and make the present institutional architecture robust.

Further talking about the changes, Union Minister said the after the bill Single Tribunal can have different benches and the decision regarding the water dispute within two years.

The Bill sought to dissolve the present Tribunals and all the cases pending before the tribunals will be directed to new Tribunals after the bill gets Parliament Approval.

In the Union Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister also approved the extension of the third phase of Gram Sadak Yojana which began at Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s time. Cabinet also approved the Code on Occupational Safety, Health, and Terms of Business Bill, 2019.

It also approved an amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, the provision of the death penalty for sexual offences against children. The Cabinet has approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019. The bill provides for work for the social, economic and educational development of transgender people.

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