Foreign Policy Watch: India-Bangladesh

India-Bangladesh Joint River Commission (JRC)

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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.

Implications

  • 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.
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