Pun­jab hard­ens stand on SYL; to bring bill to de-ac­quire land for canal

Asian Journal - - India -

Chandi­garh: Hard­en­ing its stand on the Sut­lej-Ya­muna Link (SYL) canal is­sue, the Pun­jab govern­ment on Thurs­day said it will bring in a leg­is­la­tion to de-ac­quire the land ac­quired from farm­ers and give it back to them to en­sure the state does not have to share more wa­ter with other states. The state govern­ment and lead­ing political par­ties made it clear that Pun­jab will block any move by the cen­tral govern­ment to force the state to share more wa­ter with other states, es­pe­cially Haryana. Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal said a Bill would be in­tro­duced in the cur­rent bud­get ses­sion of the state as­sem­bly for de-ac­qui­si­tion of land ac­quired for the canal and hand­ing it back to farm­ers af­ter nearly four decades. “We will not al­low a drop of wa­ter to flow out of Pun­jab. I will pro­tect state’s nat­u­ral re­sources and up­hold its ri­par­ian right till the last drop of wa­ter is left in my body,” Badal told the as­sem­bly.

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