Release full water of State’s share: Gehlot

Home Minister Amit Shah and Ashok Gehlot (second from right) at the meeting in Chandigarh.  

Rajasthan has sought the release of full water of its share as per the inter-State river water agreement, while expressing hope that the issue of supply of the remaining 0.60 MAF Ravi-Beas river waters from Punjab would be resolved soon.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot raised the demand at 29th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council in Chandigarh on Friday.

He said the Punjab government had shown a positive response to the needs of Rajasthan, for which the capacity of head regulator for Indira Gandhi feeder at Harike Barrage would be enhanced.

Mr. Gehlot said the Haryana government should follow suit and take steps to supply the water of Rajasthan’s share. The flow of contaminated water in the State’s canals should be checked, he said.

Mr. Gehlot also expressed concern over reduction in the State’s share in the Central taxes during the current financial year. In the Union Budget presented in February this year, a provision of ₹46,411.08 crore was made for the State, but it was reduced to ₹44,461.86 crore in the revised Budget, he said.

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