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Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi raises issue of riparian rights in Parliament

Dr Gandhi also wore a T-shirt and carried placard to raise his voice on the issue in Parliament. He said the riparian rights under the provision of sovereignty over its waters have been scuttled through crooked means.

punjab Updated: Mar 28, 2018 11:25 IST
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Hindustan Times, Patiala
Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wearing a T-shirt seeking water rights for Punjab.
Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wearing a T-shirt seeking water rights for Punjab. (HT Photo)

Member of Parliament from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi on Tuesday raised the issue of riparian rights of Punjab over its waters and federalism as a solution to the odds faced by people in the country.

Dr Gandhi also wore a T-shirt and carried placard to raise his voice on the issue in Parliament. He said the riparian rights under the provision of sovereignty over its waters have been scuttled through crooked means. “Once a prosperous state, Punjab is now declining in all fields, except for drugs abuse,” he said.

Dr Gandhi demanded that states be given more autonomy and centre-state relations should be revisited so as to allow the states to look after its own people and shape their future.

He said that since Independence, the successive governments have distorted the centre-state relations in a manner that the balance has dangerously tilted against the states. “The states have been caught in a debt trap, forced to cut social welfare pushing the lower strata to the edge depriving them of education, health and employment,” Dr Gandhi said.

He added that state governments have been pushed into begging with a bowl in hand asking for funds. “While a major part of GDP and taxes are generated in the states, they are hapless onlooker at the revenue sharing. This has been done through dispossessing the states of their right over their own resources,” said Dr Gandhi.

He alleged that to achieve this objective of centralisation, the society has been increasingly divided over and over on the basis of caste, religion and race, thus weakening the resistance of the people and in the process throwing them into utter hopelessness.

Dr Gandhi demanded that states be given more autonomy and centre-state relations should be revisited so as to allow the states to look after its own people and shape their future.