United efforts to secure water of common rivers must: IFC New York

United efforts to secure water of common rivers must: IFC New York

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The International Farakka Committee (IFC) New York Inc. at a meeting held in New York on Sunday strongly protested the unilateral withdrawal of water of common rivers at upstream in India and said this amounted to an activity against humanity, says a message sent by IFC organising secretary Ataur Rahman Ata.
The meeting said in a resolution that diversion of water of common rivers by unilaterally constructing dams and barrages at upstream of many rivers including the Teesta and the Ganges led to drying up of rivers, canal and creeks all over Bangladesh while the move to construct another dam on Barak at upstream of Meghna threatened the north-eastern, eastern and south-eastern parts of the country.Excessive withdrawal of river water has created water scarcity. Water is unavailable for ablution, bathing, cooking food and even for drinking in many parts of the country where a process of desertification has set in motion.
The IFC meeting deplored that barring the 5-year Ganges Water Sharing treaty of 1977, the reality is that those who have been in the government in Bangladesh for the last 42 years have not succeeded to properly discharge their responsibilities.
Now is the time for the whole nation to be united to safeguard the right to river water and protest water aggression from our upstream neighbor, India. We believe the conscious citizens, experts and environmentalists in India would all stand beside the people of Bangladesh in this regard, the resolution said.
Urging the government to take all steps that are necessary to secure the right to water of common rivers, the IFC leaders said since the way to bilateral resolution of the water issue seems yielding no results the demand for water should be raised in the 6th committee (committee on water) of the United Nations. Steps should be taken in line with the strategy pursued by the government for securing Bangladesh’s territorial rights on the seas. Refraining from taking such steps would be suicidal for Bangladesh, the IFC cautioned.
Presided over by Atiqur Rahman Salu, chairman, IFC, the protest meeting was conducted by Ataur Rahman Ata. Abdur Rahim Hawladar, general secretary of the Bangladesh Society of New York, M Siddiq Pallab, Kazi Ashraf Hossain Nayan, Advocate Hakikul Islam Khokan and Mainul Islam were present at the protest meeting among others, the message added.

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