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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) opposes Inter-State Water River Dispute Bill; passes resolution

The core committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)‘s oldest ally, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), on Sunday unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Inter-State River Water Dispute (Amendment) Bill. The party in the resolution stated that the bill passed in the Lower House of the party is against the interest of the people of Punjab.

The party passed a resolution in the core committee meeting called by Sukhbir Singh Badal on an emergency basis on Sunday to deliberate upon the bill.

Talking to meet after the conclusion of the core-committee meeting of the party, Sukhbir Singh Badal, in a tweet, said, ‘Shiromani Akali Dal observes the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2019 as against the interest of Punjab. The SAD core committee today resolved that the party, as in past, would always safeguard the interests of waters of Punjab by any means’.

In another tweet, he added, ‘The Shiromani Akali Dal will apprise the Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji & Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat ji tomorrow about the gravity of the situation and urge them not to press this Bill in Rajya Sabha in the present form as it will further jeopardize the interest of Punjab’.

The Lower house of the parliamentLok Sabha, on July 31 passed the bill that proposed to set-up an interstate River Water Dispute Tribunal in a bid to resolves water disputes in a time-bound manner.

Moving the bill for consideration and passage in the lower house of the parliament, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat said that 99 percent of the total area of 24 identified basins was inter-state.

He added there were water disputes between states even in the British rule. The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019, sought to the arbitration of inter-state river water disputes and make the present institutional architecture robust.

The Bill sought to dissolve the present Tribunals and all the cases pending before the tribunals will be directed to new Tribunals after the bill gets Parliament Approval.

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