Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 26
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he was ready to give up his life but not the state’s “scarce” water resources to other states.
Wrapping up the debate on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address, the Chief Minister declared that Punjab did not have surplus water and, in line with the internationally accepted riparian principles, would not allow transfer of water from basin to non-basin areas.
He said his government would continue to work on protecting the water rights of Punjab to safeguard the livelihood of millions of Punjabi farmers and landless farm labourers. Punjab was not given its due when all resources were divided in 60:40 ratio between Punjab and Haryana under the Punjab Reorganisation Act 1966, the Chief Minister claimed, adding that water of Punjab’s three rivers was taken away but the state was not given any share from the Yamuna.