From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : About the JRC
Mains level : Outstanding water sharing issues with Bangladesh
Bangladesh has not sent a delegation for the Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting with India that was scheduled to be held. This deferral is seen as a dissent to the ongoing CAA debate.
About the JRC
- An Indo-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) is functioning since 1972.
- It was established with a view to maintaining liaison in order to ensure the most effective joint effort in maximizing the benefits from common river systems.
- The JRC is headed by Water Resources Ministers of both the countries.
- Discussions have been continuing with Bangladesh for sharing of waters of Teesta & Feni rivers besides other six common rivers namely; Manu, Muhri, Khowai, Gumti, Jaldhaka and Torsa.
- India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers. Such technical level meetings are to be held regularly.
- But this deviance has cast a shadow over the agreement to share the waters of the Feni river that was taken up during the visit of PM Sheikh Hasina.