Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary (Irrigation and Horticulture), Punjab, today defended the Termination of Water Agreements Act and said mere construction of the SYL canal would not solve the problems of the farmers of northern region.
might have to reel under water and power crises till the next monsoon season.
All senior leaders and experts would have to sit together and consider ways and means for the best utilisation of water resources as these were in scarcity.
There should be no politics on water as it was the lifeline of agriculture-oriented Punjab, he
said the funds made available by the Union Government for diversification of crops should be utilised for the conservation of water.
Defending the termination of water agreement, Mr Jakhar
said only Capt Amarinder Singh
as Chief Minister had dared to take such a bold step.
had been nominated by the INC high command to safeguard the interests of the state and termination of the agreements was a right step in this direction.
We were not at all interested in harming the rights of the neighbouring states, but the farmers in Punjab
could not be forced to die due to thirst or hunger to save the neighbours, he
Taking up other issues, Mr Jakhar
said Abohar would be developed as a green and clean city.
had discussed the plan with the heads of various educational institutions.
had also taken up the menace of drug trafficking with the police officers and asked them to check it firmly.