The farmers parked their tractors on the side of highways and demanded to exclude agriculture from the WTO agreement and implement a law to guarantee minimum support price (MSP).
During the meeting, the CM instructed all Deputy Commissioners, who participated in the meeting virtually, to collect requests from residents in their respective districts for the construction of dams to mitigate any flood risks.
Regarding the desilting of canals, rivers, or drains, Khattar proposed the establishment of a set standard for the depth at which desilting should occur to remove sand.
“The responsibility for desilting would fall to the Irrigation department up to a specified depth, with the mining department taking over if the silt level is below that point,” an official spokesperson said after the meeting.
In addition, CM also suggested that the departments set a minimum water flow capacity in canals or drains to prevent flooding during the monsoon season. This approach aims to improve the management of silt and water flow in these water bodies.
Khattar instructed all deputy commissioners to ensure the expeditious implementation of all flood control schemes within a specified timeframe. He emphasised the importance of prioritising water conservation and the reuse of rainwater.
The CM stressed the need for proactive measures to prevent any adverse consequences, as floods can lead to significant loss of both lives and property.