In an attempt to garner support of farmers ahead of state elections in Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them that water belonging to India will not be allowed to go to Pakistan. He was making reference to Indus Water Treaty on which government has formed a task force series of attacks from across the border.
“Fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan,” said PM Modi in Bathinda where he inaugurated a new AIIMS.
Sating that government will do everything to give enough water to our farmers-PM said he is concerned more about the welfare of farmers than election arithmetic.
“For me, elections do not matter. I am more concerned about the welfare of the farmers,” he said.
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,” said the PM.
Prime Minister urged farmers in Punjab to stop burning the crop stubble that causes pollution during December- January and creates smog in the atmosphere. Burning of crop stubble in Punjab and Haryana has been responsible for pollution levels in the National Capital Territory.
Telling the farmers gathering that they will no longer have to be afraid of robbers, PM said the country will no longer be tied to cash and will be able to make transactions with cards and apps.