President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, today assured to sympathetically consider Haryana’s appeal for implementation of the decision of the Supreme Court in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal case.
An all-party delegation of the State led by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal had met the President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi to urge him for implementation of the verdict at the earliest. The President gave them a patient hearing.
Mr. Manohar Lal, who was interacting with mediapersons outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after meeting with the President, said that the Haryana should get its due share of water. The State is asking for its rightful share and not Punjab’s share, he added.
He said that while both States had been allotted equal share of 3.5 Million Acre Feet (MAF) water under the water sharing agreement, Haryana was getting only 1.62 MAF. Since 1981, Punjab has been utilising 1.88MAF water that rightfully belongs to Haryana. He said that the Supreme Court had already dismissed the proposal of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to terminate the agreements.
He said that the people had complete faith in the Constitution, and the people of the State believed that Haryana would get its rightful share of water so that maximum foodgrains could be produced and they could get adequate drinking water.
Ministers and leaders of other parties in the State also appealed to the President to consider favourably the interests of the people of the State.
The delegation included Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, State BJP President, Mr. Subhash Barala, State Congress President, Dr. Ashok Tanwar, Leader of the Congress Legislative Party, Mrs. Kiran Choudhry, former Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, State INLD President, Mr. Ashok Arora, Leader of Opposition, Mr. Abhay Singh Chautala, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA, Mr. Tek Chand Sharma, Independent MLA, Mr. Jai Parkash, and Advocate General, Mr. Baldev Raj Mahajan. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Principal Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, Mr. Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Additional Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, Mr. Vivek Saxena and other senior officers were also present.