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Badal for revision of national water policy on riparian norms

Posted on Dec 28, 11:16PM | UNI

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that any revision in the national water policy should be based on the existing constitutional provisions and well recognised/universally accepted riparian principles.

Participating in the deliberations in the 6th meeting of the National Water Resources Council in New Delhi, the Chief Minister said that 'water' was a state subject under Constitution and states had exclusive power of legislation on the subject.

He said that the distribution of powers under the federal structure of our Constitution should in no case be tinkered with by making changes in framework of existing laws.

"Each state has its own consideration in planning, management and use of its water resources which vary from region to region and state to state," he said.

Mr Badal also underlined that the distribution of water resources should be and must be based on universally accepted Riparian Principles and the existing usage and future needs of water of a riparian state must be protected as otherwise it would directly affect the growth of the State .

The Chief Minister said that inter-basin transfer of water based on equity and social justice would be in conflict with exclusive rights of people living in basin areas therefore Inter-basin transfer of water should not be resorted to.