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Punjab CM Badal opposed to center’s proposal to shift “Water” to concurrent list

Chandigarh (July 16, 2012): Media reports have suggested that the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has taken a strong exception to the revelation made by the Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal regarding the Centre's proposal to shift the subject of water from the "State list" to the "Concurrent list" of the Constitution of India with the purported objective to deal with water scarcity and conservation issues in the India's "national interest".

India: Idea of centralizing water resources unveils ominous desire of Center to encroach over states’ rights & people’s resources

Patiala (July 14, 2012): The Sikh Students Federation today strongly criticized Indian Water Resources Minister Pawan Bansal’s statement suggesting centralization of water resources. SSF is of the view that Mr. Pawan Bansal, in clear terms, has advocated for Centre’s encroachment over States’ right to utilize their natural resource of water by amending the constitution to take away water & related matters from States’ list and transfer them to concurrent list.