STATE MUST TAKE BACK PRIVATISED RIVERS BECAUSE IT IS THE GUARDIAN OF NATURAL RESOURCES.
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There can be no greater symbol of the state's abdication of its role as guardian of natural resources than the sale of a river. In 1998, a 22.7 kmstretch of the Sheonath river (in then Madhya Pradesh) was handed over to a private corporation on a 20-year Build-Operate-Own-Transfer basis to supply water to the Borai industrial estate. Following mass protests, the contract was cancelled five years later, but the threat of private control of common property resources still looms large over India.
Sheonath was the first river to be "sold" , followed over the years by three other rivers in Chhattisgarh and several more in other parts of the country. "The other direction this is now taking is through the setting up of private hydro projects over long stretches of rivers, particularly in the north-east .
THE IMPACT ON THE NATION STATE IS TOO NEGATIVE TO COMPREHEND..CASES LIKE THIS CREATE CONDUITS FOR CORRUPTION AS HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES.THE HEAD OF OUR COUNTRY IS THE GOVERNMENT AND NOT CORP -ORATES. CORP-ORATES WHILE A POSITIVE NECESSITY CANNOT PRESUME AND PURSUE NATURAL RESOURCES AS A PRIVATE OWNERSHIP AND DIVEST GOVERNMENT OFF PROFITS WHICH CAN FURTHER BE PLOUGHED INTO DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THAT REGION AND SAFEGUARD SYSTEMS FOR THE LAND ITSELF.
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