Haryana to get 1994 Yamuna water accord rectified: Hooda

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Chandigarh, Sep 18 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today asserted in the state assembly that his government would make all possible efforts to rectify the 1994 Yamuna water accord which had ''dealt a blow to the interests of the state.'' Mr Hooda made the assurance in response to the concerns raised by several members in this regard during the discussion on a calling attention motion on the acute shortage of irrigation water in the state moved by Congress member Karan Singh Dalal.

''The government will examine all the aspects relating to the issue, take legal advice and make all possible efforts to get the accord rectified,'' the Chief Minister.

In his reply to the motion, Irrigation Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav earlier said in the 1994 Yamuna water accord, Haryana's share in the Yamuna waters was reduced by about 20 per cent.

He said under the earlier agreement of 1954, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were getting Yamuna water in the ratio of two-thirds and one-third respectively. Though the agreement was signed between the then state of undivided Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in 1954, after the formation of Haryana it became applicable to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, he added.

However, in the 1994 agreement, which was signed by Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, Haryana's share was reduced from 66.66 to 47.8 per cent while UP's share was slightly increased.

''Whatever was given to Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi went out of the share of Haryana,'' Capt yadav said in his reply.

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