WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 25, 2016, 12.38 PM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the waters of rivers Sutlej, Beas and Ravi belong to India and will be stopped from going waste in Pakistan,
He said he will ensure that farmers here utilise it.
"Indus Water Treaty- Sutlej, Beas, Ravi - the waters in these rivers belong to India and our farmers. It is not being used in the fields of Pakistan but flowing into the sea through Pakistan.”
"Now every drop of this water will be stopped and I will give that to farmers of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and Indian farmers. I am committed to this," he said addressing a rally in the Indian state of Punjab.
He said a task force has been set up to ensure that "each drop of water" that flows out of Sutlej, Beas and Ravi reaches Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
"There is no reason that we cannot use our rights (over our waters) and let our farmers suffer," he said, adding, "I need your blessings in order to fulfill your requirements for watering your fields."
The solution for the problems of water could be found out through common dialogue, he said.
Criticising the previous governments, Modi said, "Waters kept flowing to Pakistan, but successive governments kept sleeping on this issue and my farmer kept crying for the want of water."
"If Punjab farmers get sufficient amount of water, they could produce 'gold' from the soil and could fill the coffers of the country," he said.
"Our government is committed to work in tandem with the Badal government in Punjab to get farmers their rights and address their concerns," he said.