January 17, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Three major human rights groups of Punjab namely Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), Lawyers For Human Rights (LFHRI) and Sikhs For Human Rights (SFHR) organised a discussion on Punjab’s water crisis on the 68th International Human Rights Day on Saturday (Dec. 10) at People’s Convention Hall, Sector 36-B, Chandigarh.
While linking up the issue of Punjab’s water crisis with ‘human rights’, the discussion was held on the topic of “Water Crises of Punjab & Solution”.
Starting the discussion Advocate Navkiran Singh said that the issue of discussion was not confined to the issue of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal as Punjab is facing sever water crisis. He said that the level of ground water was depleting with alarming rate.
Former PCS Pritam Singh Kumedan while speaking on the issue said ” Punjab’s river water is allocated to the non riparian state which is in contravention to the Indian constitution and law. While referring to the provisions of the constitution he argued that the river waters are state subject and the central government can only interfere when there is any inter state river water dispute for which Punjab does not qualifies as a case. He further added that the if the provisions of the constitution are honestly followed the solution will come out of the constitutional framework of India.