Work out compensation for Indus treaty: J&K to Centre
6 March 2002
The Times of India
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to lodge a formal claim with the Centre for working out adequate compensation for Indus Water treaty in an appropriate manner without any further delay.''We have been raising our voice on this issue and requesting the Centre to devise mechanism to compensate the state for losses it suffered on account of the treaty signed by India and Pakistan,'' Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather told the state assembly today.''Indus Water treaty, signed in 1960, has bartered the rights of usage of waters in rivers flowing through Jammu and Kashmir in favour of Pakistan in lieu of exclusive rights of the government of India over usage of waters in rivers flowing from the plains of Punjab into the territory of Pakistan,'' he said. ''The result is that rights of the people of the state to draw water for irrigation purposes from their own rivers have been severely curtailed,'' the Minister said.''We have decided to lodge a formal claim with government of India to work out adequate compensation in an appropriate manner without further delay,'' Rather said.