May 25, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Shahkot, Jalandhar: Punjab government’s insensitivity towards the pollution in the Punjab rivers once again exposed, when ‘Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao’ committee leader and founder of Malwa Youth Federation Lakha Sidhana was arrested on Thursday while he was moving towards Shahkot, said Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao committee in a statement.
Lakha Sidhana and other activists in ‘Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao‘ Committee had planned to give a challenge to all the candidates contesting Shahpur by-election to drink the water collected by committee members from different rivers of Punjab.
Hundreds of environment activist of ‘Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao‘ had reached Shahkot to join this movement, which was also supported by ‘Alami Panjabi Sangat‘.
‘Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao’ Committee had given a call to the candidates contesting shahkot byelections that if they dare to accept the challenge to drink the water collected by committee members from different rivers of Punjab, then Committee members would campaign for such candidate in Shahkot byelection. Otherwise, these politician have no right to ask for votes from the Shahkot voter.
After Sidhana was arrested on Thursday on the way to Shahkot, ‘Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao’ members gathered in Shahkot and threatened to intensify their struggle.
Addressing a gathering, Pani Bachao Punjab Bachao’ member and Aalmi Panjabi Sangat founder member, Gangveer Rathour, said ,”Water has given birth to us. Our existence is due to water. But our river waters has been looted. Dams have been constructed on the rivers, which belong to us. These river waters have been diverted to Rajasthan and Haryana. Now government should stop blaming us for wasting water and advising as to save the water.”
Activist Babbu Khosa said, “We have been wasting no water. In fact, we have been contributing highest Paddy in the central central pool. We sow paddy after June 20 and largely our paddy crop is nurtured by monsoon. At the same time, our irrigation system has been made to collapse with the organized conspiracy. Making irrigation system collapse, governments have been forcing farmers to pump out the ground water, which is leading to decrease in the level of water. But still governments have not been releasing water into our rivers.”
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