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Punjab to amend canal law to prevent water theft

Punjab,Politics, Thu, 05 Apr 2012 IANS

Chandigarh, April 5 (IANS) The Punjab government is likely to amend the Northern India Canal and Drainage Act of 1873 to check the growing malpractice of water theft in the state, a spokesman said here Thursday.


Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the irrigation department to moot a proposal for amending the act. He said relevant amendments may be suggested to include a punishment clause to check unscrupulous persons indulging in theft of water.


The amendments in the act will be on the lines of the anti-water theft law in Haryana and Rajasthan.


Punjab, the food granary of the country which contributes over 60 percent of food grains to the national kitty, has a big network of irrigation canals to supply water for agriculture.


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