“The government is making efforts to get the Indus River water back from Pakistan, because farmers have the right to use that water. Water that belongs to India must not be allowed to go to Pakistan. Every drop of Indus River water would be stopped from going to Pakistan, and that would be kept for Jammu and Kashmir, for Punjab farmers,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after inaugurating a new AIIMs in Bathinda.
To lure Punjab’s farmers ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they were not able to utilise Indus River water because of the treaty.
Assembly elections in Punjab are scheduled for early in 2017.
The government will do everything in its power to see that the Indus River water is retained here for use by Indian farmers, he added.
It may be noted, Indus water treaty, signed by India and Pakistan in 1960, gives India control over Beas, Ravi and Sutlej Rivers, while Indus, Chenab and Jhelum Rivers to Pakistan. Though Indus River flows out of India, it can use only 20 per cent of its water.“For me, elections don’t matter. I am concerned about farmers’ welfare. In this regard, a task force has been constituted on how to maximise use of Indus River water by India that flows into Pakistan,” media reports quoted Modi as saying.
He said this two days after Pakistan warned India against “use of water as an instrument of coercion”.
Social infrastructure, he said, was the need of the hour for development of every nation. We need quality of schools and hospitals. This government doesn’t only stop at laying foundation stones, but also completed all the projects.
“The recent surgical strikes by Special Forces across Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on September 29, which destroyed many terrorist launch pads, must have given the neighbouring country an idea as to what the Indian Army was capable of,” said Modi.
While on demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, he said, “I am doing everything possible to ensure the middle class is not exploited and the poor get their due.”