Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said Karnataka and Tamil Nadu weren't “Indo-Pak enemies” and expressed optimism that the states might amicably resolve variations on the planned Mekedatu project.
Union water resources minister Nitin Gadkari, at a gathering with Kumaraswamy, reportedly assured the chief minister that he would convene a gathering of all riparian states on Mekedatu. Tamil Nadu has declined Karnataka’s request for a gathering saying the difficulty is before the Supreme Court.
Kumaraswamy additionally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked the Centre for giving clearance to the government to arrange an in-depth project report on the Mekedatu project.
Speaking to reporters when meeting the PM, Kumaraswamy said: “I have requested Gadkari to convene a gathering of chief ministers of the 2 states to resolve the matter. He in agreement and directed his officers to fix a gathering... [maybe] in 10 to 15 days.”
Kumaraswamy said the Mekedatu project would be a lot of help to Tamil Nadu than state and requested the AIADMK and DMK to not create it a political issue. Besides the Mekedatu project, Kumaraswamy said he additionally mentioned with Modi the release of drought relief to the state, declaration of higher Krishna Project Stage-III as a project of national importance and gazette notification of the award of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-II and of Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.
Kumaraswamy met Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and wanted an extension of the GST compensation period until 2025, competitive that the state’s revenue deficit had widened to twenty when the introduction of the GST regime. States are presently entitled to receive compensation for the primary 5 years since the implementation of GST in 2017, or until 2022.
“During the VAT regime, state wont to register an average growth of tenth to 12-tone system once a year. however post-GST, the revenue deficit is 20th against projected revenue,” Kumaraswamy said in a very illustration created to the Union finance minister.