Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan: PM Modi in Bathinda

The Indus water treaty, signed by India and Pakistan in 1960, administers how waters of the Indus and its treaties are utilised

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 4:07 pm
narendra modi, modi in bathinda, modi inaugurates aiims, indus water treaty, indus river, pakistan , indus river pakistan, punjab election, india news Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally after laying the foundation stone of AIIMS in Bathinda on Friday (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

In a bid to woo Punjab’s farmers ahead of state elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan with reference to the Indus Water Treaty.

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“The fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan…Government will do everything to give enough water to our farmers,” said PM Modi in Bathinda where he inaugurated a new AIIMS. The prime minister said he is concerned more about the welfare of farmers than election arithmetics.

The Indus water treaty, signed by India and Pakistan in 1960, administers how waters of the Indus and its treaties are utilised. The treaty gives India control over Beas, Ravi and Sutlej rivers, while Indus, Chenab and Jhelum are governed by Pakistan. The Indus river flows out of India which, however, can use just 20 per cent of its water.

“We formed a task force on Indus water treaty to ensure farmers of Punjab and other states get each drop of water due to them,” PM Modi said.

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In a statement that was seen as a reference to the row over the Indus Water treaty, Pakistan recently warned against use of water as an instrument of coercion or war. “The international community must assume a responsibility to develop, nurture and protect normative frameworks, at multilateral and bilateral levels, to ensure that states remain willing to resolve water issues cooperatively,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said in her address to the UN Security Council during an open debate on water, peace and security.

Even as the Parliament witnessed commotion due to his absence from the House, the PM used the stage in Bathinda to urge farmers to stop burning the crop stubble. The burning of crop stubble across farm lands in Punjab and Haryana is being held responsible for high pollution levels in cities like Delhi.

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The prime minister also spoke about the positives of the demonetisation move telling the gathering that they will no longer have to carry large wads of notes or be afraid of robbers. He said the country will no longer be tied to cash and will be able to make transactions with cards and apps.

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    Ikok
    Nov 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm
    Trying to catch the fish with bait. Wining politics by solutions impossible. The only way punjab can progress is getting a separate Khalistan
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      Arvind
      Nov 25, 2016 at 11:07 pm
      Great move and bold move done by any PM of India.lt;br/gt;I see a lot of trolls active here spreading same lies they are fed in their feudal society. All s go play with your goats.
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        JFL
        Nov 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm
        People are no fools any more Mr.Modiot. Punjab knows it's an election stunt at international level.
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          Lovely
          Nov 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm
          Dreaming
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            Lovely
            Nov 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm
            Hey Congi or support Na Mo only.
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              Lovely
              Nov 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm
              You stave and beg Saudi
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                VP Joshi
                Nov 25, 2016 at 11:04 am
                Don't reinvent the wheel. The river water treaty was made under UN aues. Unilateral violation is uncalled for.
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                  khan
                  Nov 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                  Modi Saab what about Punjab being deprived of water share by your government along with support prices for farmers..... you have damaged Punjab much more than stan
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                    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                    Nov 25, 2016 at 10:34 am
                    Pokistan should be flowed and flooded with pigs blood.
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