Needs to be compensated as per 1979 pact
SRINAGAR: Minister for Irrigation of Punjab Government, Rana Gurjit Singh, who is on a visit to the Valley, called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today and discussed several issues concerned with Ranjit Sagar Dam and construction of Shahpur Kandi barrage in Punjab.
The Chief Minister impressed upon the visiting Minister that Jammu & Kashmir needs to be treated as per the agreement signed between the two States in January, 1979 under the leadership of then Chief Ministers late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and Prakash Singh Badal. She said the State has suffered huge losses due to non availability of water from the Ranjit Sagar Dam in irrigation, agriculture production and power generation. She hoped that the same is made up in future and the State is duly compensated.
Mehbooba hoped that Punjab Government would exhibit all generosity in the matter and whatever is required would be done to do away with whatever has happened in the past.
The Punjab Irrigation Minister assured the Chief Minister that time bound redressal of the concerns of the State would be done by his Government.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh; Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Shyam Choudhary and senior officers of both States were present on the occasion.