Stopping water to Pakistan is our priority: Jal Shakti Minister

Modi government is going to give a big blow to Pakistan. Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Wednesday that India is working on a priority basis to curb its share of water under the Indus Water Agreement. 

He said that Beyond the Indus Water Treaty, a large part of India’s share of water goes to Pakistan.We’re working on priority to work out how our share of water that flows to Pak can be diverted, for use by our farmers, industries & people.

“We are working on hydrological and techno feasibility studies. I have given direction that it should be done promptly, so that we can execute our plans,” Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said.

Shekhawat’s remarks came at a time when tension between India and Pakistan has erupted after abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two union territories. In May, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.”

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The Indus Water Treaty was signed in 1960 by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and former President of Pakistan Ayub Khan. According to the treaty, India has full authority over the waters of the ‘eastern’ rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej). In return, India had to leave the western rivers (Indus, Chenab and Jhelum) to flow unrestricted into Pakistan.

According to the treaty, India can use the waters of Western rivers, but only in a ‘non-consumable’ way. It can use water for domestic use and even for irrigation and hydropower generation, but only in the manner specified in the agreement.

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