“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 here. He said a task force has been constituted 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 at the Centre, 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. Meanwhile, PM Modi also added that Pakistan was yet to settle from the setback of surgical strikes and was damaging itself by fighting against India.
“Earlier, soldiers were unable to show their valor despite having the strength. But now Pakistan has seen strength of our brave soldiers after they carried out surgical strikes in 250-km area across the LoC,” Modi said while addressing a public rally.
Modi asks farmers to take a pledge of not burning crop stubble
Prime Minister Modi on Friday asked farmers, especially of Punjab and Haryana, to take a pledge of not burning crop stubble which is a major cause of pollution and suggested them to use it instead for earning and higher food production.
He suggested that he was taking an electoral risk by making such utterances as some people might say that Modi “does not know politics” since he is giving such an advice to farmers when elections are near. “Do not burn it (crop residue). It is your property which is worth crore of rupees. Do not burn it,” Modi said while addressing a gathering here after laying foundation stone of AIIMS here.