The Haryana Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution condemning the passage of the Bill by the Punjab Assembly de-notifying the land for the SYL

Chandigarh, March 14—The Haryana Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution condemning the passage of the Bill by the Punjab Assembly de-notifying the land for the SYL as “unilateral, unconstitutional and denying the authority of the Supreme Court, a step only to draw political mileage,” and requested the Union Government to annul this illegal and unconstitutional action.
Moved by the Irrigation Minister, Mr O P Dhankar, the resolution was unanimously adopted by the House.
While speaking on the resolution, Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal urged all the political parties to unanimously pass the resolution by rising above the politics in the interest of the State. He also condemned the unilateral, unconstitutional, denying the authority of the Supreme Court action of Punjab which is a step only to draw political mileage. He also urged the Government of India to annul this illegal and unconstitutional action.
Those others who also spoke on this resolution included Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, INLD MLA Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, MLA HJC Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi and Independent MLA Mr Jai Parkash.
Here goes the text of the resolution:
“Haryana is a water deficit State and the availability of water is 61% less than the total requirement. Out of 126 blocks of the State 71 blocks are overexploited in groundwater. The situation is so grim that in half of the State canal water can be supplied after a gap of 32 days for only 8 days, with the result that it is difficult to even fulfil the drinking water needs and ponds. Availability of water in Yamuna has declined drastically compared to the previous years and even out of this reduced availability, Haryana has to fulfil the drinking water requirements of the national capital of Delhi.
Since formation of Haryana in 1966 despite Government of India orders in 1976, Tripartite agreement between the States of Punjab, Haryana & Rajasthan in 1981, Rajiv Longowal Accord in 1995 and two historical decisions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in 2002 and 2004, Haryana has been deprived of more than half of its legitimate share of 3.50 MAF in surplus Ravi Beas water, which has resulted in reduction in agriculture production to the tune of 8 lac tonnes of foodgrains every year, causing a perpetual annual loss of about Rs. 1000 Crores.
Instead of fulfilling its legal and constitutional obligation to provide Haryana its legitimate share of water, Punjab Government preferred to pass the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004 which was a blow to the constitutional structure of the country and undoubtedly was an attempt of contempt of the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. On the request of Haryana Government the matter was referred by the Government of India through His Excellency the President to the Hon’ble Supreme Court for its opinion on controversial Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004. Further, in view of the seriousness of the issue this august house, unanimously passed resolutions in the years 2011 and 2014 severely condemning the unilateral and unconstitutional act of Punjab. It is on account of the concerted efforts of the present Government that the Presidential Reference, pending for the last more than 11 years, has now come up for hearing before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
Punjab has made yet another attempt to circumvent and divert the outcome of the Presidential Reference under consideration of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and keep Haryana depriving its legitimate share of water by passing the Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal (Rehabilitation and Re-vesting of Proprietary Rights) Bill to de-notify the land, lawfully acquired for construction of the SYL.
This is a patently illegal act of Punjab and is in utter contempt of the Indian Constitution, federal structure of the country and the rule of law. This is a sinister move of Punjab Government having dangerous potential to undermine the unity and integrity of this country.
It was observed by the Constitution Bench in Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (Supra) when an ordinance was passed by a State seeking to nullify the order of this court: –
‘Such an act is an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy, in as much as the Ordinance is a manifestation of a desire on the part of the State to be a judge in its own cause and to defy the decisions of the judicial authorities. The action forebodes evil consequences to the federal structure under the constitution and opens doors for each State to act in the way it desires disregarding not only the rights of the other States, the orders passed by instrumentalities constituted under an Act of Parliament but also the provisions of the Constitution. If the power of a State to issue such an Ordinance is upheld it will lead to the breakdown of the constitutional mechanism and affect the unity and integrity of the nation.’
This House unanimously passes a resolution condemning the unilateral, unconstitutional, denying the authority of the Supreme Court action of Punjab which is a step only to draw political mileage.
This House requests the Government of India to annul this illegal and unconstitutional action. Also this House requests the Government of India for pursuing the matter in the ongoing Presidential Reference to take it to just conclusion and take effective steps for early completion of SYL canal so that rights of the people of Haryana are protected.

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