Parliament panel to mull international water treaties next week

New Delhi

A parliamentary committee will consider India’s international water treaties with neighbouring countries next week, including with China amid less-than cordial relations between the two countries in the wake of deadly clash between the two armies in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June.

The committee will discuss issues related to similar treaties with Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan regarding water resource management as well as flood management in India.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources is set to hold its meeting on Tuesday, in which “oral evidence” by the representatives of Ministry of Jal Shakti (Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) and the Ministry of External Affairs will be put forth.

A Parliament source privy to the development told that the committee will take up issues based on the oral submissions by the two Ministries, and move suggestions if new agreement or some changes are necessary.

As per a parliamentary note circulated by the Committee Secretariat, the matter regarding the “oral evidence by the two Ministries on the subject of ‘Flood Management in the country, including international water treaties in the field of water resource management/flood control with particular reference to treaty/agreement entered into with Nepal, China, Pakistan and Bhutan’ will be discussed in the meeting.

The meeting will be held from 2 pm onwards on Tuesday on Parliament premises.

Formed on September 13 this year, the 31-member Committee will take up the issue for the first time after its formation in the wake of India-China face-off.

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