Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024


Ludhiana-The Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann at the moment stated that the Congress leaders shamelessly sang paeans in favour of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal by white paper introduced on the ground of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in early Nineteen Eighties.

Addressing the gathering in the course of the ‘Main Punjab Bolda Haan’ debate organised right here at the moment, the Chief Minister stated that SYL is a saga of treachery, betrayal and sin towards Punjab and Punjabis by its personal management. He stated that whereas a single act “Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956” is relevant all through India for resolving water disputes amongst States however, Punjab is the one State the place a separate association has been made for the distribution of water between Punjab & Haryana, within the “Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966”. Hence, Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that the Union Government has all the time discriminated towards Punjab however the leaders of Punjab introduced white paper to justify this treacherous transfer which is shameful.

The Chief Minister additional stated that as per the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966, all of the belongings have been divided between Punjab and Haryana within the ratio of 60:40 however the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi vide a notification dated March 24, 1976, divided the Ravi-Beas waters between Punjab & Haryana within the ratio of fifty:50 in a forcible method, which was towards the pursuits of Punjab. He stated that the then Chief Minister of state Giani Zail Singh ignored the pursuits of Punjab and acted as a puppet of the Union Government. Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that not solely this, however on November 16, 1976 he additionally acquired a cheque of Rs. 1 crore and accelerated the development of SYL.

The Chief Minister additional stated that after assuming the cost of state in 1977 Parkash Singh Badal didn’t even as soon as cease the work of giving water to Haryana by SYL. Rather, he stated that Badal vide letter no. 23617 Dated July 04, 1978 demanded one other Rs. 3 crore for the development of SYL including that on March 31, 1979, the then Akali Dal Government acquired Rs. 1.5 crore from the Government of Haryana for developing SYL canal.

The Chief Minister stated that Badal acquired the requisite land for developing SYL Canal, in a really brief interval by imposing emergency clauses. He stated that the complicity of Akali Dal with the Government of Haryana can also be clear from the truth that within the Vidhan Sabha session (Held from March 1, 1978 to March 7, 1978), the then Chief Minister of Haryana Chaudhary Devi Lal stated that “Due to my personal relation with Badal, Punjab Government has acquired the land under Section 4 and Section 17 (emergency clause) for SYL canal and Punjab Government is trying its best for this work.” Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that this mirrored the connivance of those leaders to deprive the state of its waters.

The Chief Minister stated that the story doesn’t ends right here as in 1998 when Parkash Singh Badal once more turned the Chief Minister, he raised the peak of banks of Bhakra Main Line Canal by common one toes with the intention of giving extra water to Haryana and took Rs. 45 crore too from Haryana for this function. He stated that Badal did this sin just for the sake of developing ‘Balasar canal’ which was constructed until his farm home by Haryana as reward for his treachery with the state. So, Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that on this means, the Badal gave water to Haryana for its personal pursuits and Haryana rewarded him by developing a canal to their farm.

The Chief Minister stated that it’s evident from this, that the then Akali Government was betraying the pursuits of the individuals of Punjab as private pursuits have been most popular over these of the general public. He stated that settlement of December 31, 1981 pertaining to the division of waters was signed between Chief Minister Darbara Singh, Chief Minister Haryana and Chief Minister Rajasthan within the presence of Mrs Indira Gandhi because the Congress get together was in energy within the Centre in addition to the three states. Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that the then Chief Minister of the Congress ignored the pursuits of Punjab, to comply with unjustified dictat of the Union Government.

The Chief Minister stated that as per this settlement, the 75 p.c water of Ravi-Beas was given to the non-riparian states i.e. Haryana and Rajasthan including that regardless of stiff opposition by the farmers Mrs Indira Gandhi and Captain Amarinder Singh carried out the groundbreaking ceremony of SYL in presence of Chaudhary Balram Jakhar with fanfare on April 08, 1982. He stated that even in the course of the President’s Rule, the Shiromani Akali Dal signed the Rajiv-Longowal accord between Mr Rajiv Gandhi and Akali chief Sant Harchand Singh Longowal on July 24, 1985. Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that this additionally performed an vital position in furthering the development of SYL Canal.

The Chief Minister stated that by the act the Akali Dal ensured that Punjab doesn’t get its proper over river waters in future. He stated that former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala not solely ensured the pending development of SYL throughout his tenure (1985 to 1987) however made positive that almost all of the canal’s development work was accomplished throughout this era. Hence, Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that credit score of commencing SYL challenge, buying the land and starting this challenge goes to Parkash Singh Badal whereas different Akali Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala bought the development work of the canal accomplished.

The Chief Minister stated that in 2007, Parkash Singh Badal introduced that the Section 5 of the act of 2004 can be carried out away with as soon as the Akali Government involves energy however regardless of being in energy for a decade the Badal Government didn’t take any motion concerning this. He stated that on the SYL concern, three antagonistic selections have been made within the 12 months 2002, 2004 and 2016 towards Punjab within the Supreme Court. Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that out of those, two got here in the course of the tenure of Shiromani Akali Dal Government however they didn’t pursue these selections in an applicable method regardless of spending some huge cash on legal professionals.

The Chief Minister reiterated that the state has no spare water to share with another state so as a substitute of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, the challenge needs to be now conceived as Yamuna Satluj Link (YSL). He stated that Satluj river has already dried up and there’s no query of sharing even a single drop of water from it. Rather, Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that water from Ganga and Yamuna needs to be equipped to Punjab by Satluj river including that he has raised this concern with the Union authorities too.

The Chief Minister stated that the state Government has emphatically offered the difficulty of the much less availability of water and it has been recorded too within the choice of the Apex Court. He stated that from the earlier 30 years, the Akali Dal is enjoying with the feelings of the individuals of Punjab including that now additionally they’re deceptive the individuals on the difficulty. Bhagwant Singh Mann stated that advocates of the state authorities have by no means talked about anyplace that the canal may be accomplished.

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