SADIQABAD - The Mazdoor Kissan Ittehad alleged that the local influential landlords, with connivance of the Irrigation Department, were stealing canal water at large scale, and appealed to the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the “theft”. At a convention held by the Ittehad at Chak 105/P, immediate elimination of Warbandi system or water distribution system. Speakers at the convention regretted that because of the system, 50,000 acres of fertile land in the Sindh Punjab border areas have tuned barren because of unavailability of canal water during the last five years.They added that 90 percent Mogay or water distribution points in canals across the districts have been left damaged whereupon only one canal out of the three is run by taking other two canals’ water. Resultantly, at 30 percent land, the cotton crops could not be sown, they added.Zahid Hameed Gujjar, the former member of the Majlis-e-Shoora, said that the chief justice of Pakistan should take notice of the Warbandi in the district canals amid flood situation in the rives across Pakistan. He urged the farmers and labourers to get united otherwise the department would keep on violating their rights.   Rahim Yar Khan district president of the Ittehad Chaudhry Altaf warned that if the water distribution points were not repaired and warbandi system was not eliminated, the labourers and farmers across the district would lay siege to the office of the district coordination officer. He alleged that the Irrigation Department staff was plundering Rs220 million per annum because of leaving these points damaged with wider size than it was appropriate. He was of the view that by restoring the old size of the water management points, the way of corruption could be blocked. The convention was also addressed by Chaudhry Abdul Aziz, Ali Sher, Shaiyan Hameed, Gul Hasan, Haakim, Shahid Rasool., Iftikhar Mughal, Nisaar Ahmad Advocate, Faiz Rasool, Ghulam Mustafa, Shahid Javed, Iftikhar Hussain and Ghazanfar Cheema.