Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh seeks fresh river water tribunal
Expressing concern over the water crisis in north India, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support for upgradation of his state's water distribution infrastructure while calling for a fresh river waters tribunal to address inter-state disputes. The Chief Minister, in his speech circulated at the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting which he could not attend owing to indisposition, also called upon the Prime Minister to provide a one-time debt waiver to mitigate the distress of indebted farmers.
State Finance Minister Manpreet Badal represented Punjab at the meeting. The Chief Minister urged the Centre to increase the annual assistance under PM-KISAN from Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000 per farmer, and to also include farmworkers in its sweep. He also thanked the NITI Aayog for acknowledging the state's "Pani Bachao, Paisa Kamao" initiative.