Bathinda (Punjab): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he is moving forward to stop the flow of river water into Pakistan “on which India has its right” and instead it will supply to farmers in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi said he is determined to tackle the issues and he is directly taking on Islamabad on the issue of river water sharing and tension along the border.
He said at a public rally near Bathinda town after laying the foundation stone of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), “The water on which India has its right is flowing into Pakistan. I am determined to stop that water and supply it to our farmers in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India.”
Modi said while expressing his surprise that the water-sharing issue had not been addressed by previous Indian governments: “The governments in Delhi were sleeping in the past. Our farmers kept crying and the water kept going to Pakistan. We will fight for the rights of our farmers.
“The Indus water treaty, Sutlej, Beas, Ravi-the water of all three rivers, over which our farmers have their right, is not available to them. The water of these rivers is the right of India and our farmers. This water is flowing through Pakistan and into the sea. Neither Pakistan uses it nor can our farmers use it.
“I am moving ahead with conviction on this and have set up a task force on Indus Water Treaty,” he said.
Modi, while pointing out that he was standing close to the border with Pakistan and wanted to address the people of Pakistan, said people in the neighbouring country should force their rulers to fight against poverty and corruption instead of fighting with India.