Kishtwar, July 31: Expressing surprise over the government move to wave off 12 percent free electricity provision on Pakal Dool Hydro Electric Power Project to state, Peoples Democratic Party has flayed the ruling National Conference for bartering interests of people for pity gains.
“History is testimony of the fact that the National Conference has always committed blunders while being in power and sacrificed the interests of Jammu and Kashmir and its people for pity and short term gains”, PDP leader and party candidate for Kishtwar assembly segment Firdous Tak said adding, “The recent government order No 130 PDD of 2014 dated 20-06-2014, wherein the compulsory provision to provide free electricity to the state has been waved off for the initial period of ten years”.
Tak, who was speaking at an impressive gathering of youth here on Thursday, said that 1000 MWs Pakal Dool Power Project, being executed in a joint venture by state PDC and NHPC, was proving another gold mine for the union government run Power Company. “The NC, at a time when the next assembly polls were round the corner, has in a surprising move not only waved off the provision of free electricity but even the water user charges, in order to benefit NHPC”.
He said that the resources of the state have been battered by the NC from time to time plunging the state into economic crises. “The PDP led government in just two years had brought the state out of the economic chaos and curved out the path for self reliance. However, the present dispensation has brought the state to the square one, which is evident from the empty coffers”.
Interacting with the youth during the meeting, which was also addressed by Noor Hussain Malik, Sheikh Nasir, Umar Malik and Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Ashraf, the PDP leader further expressed concern over the suspension of work at Rattle power project by the Hydrabad based GVK, following some dispute. He said that hundreds of local youth were employed in the power project being executed on PPP mode but due to some dispute with the management the work has been suspended causing serious doubts over the career of not only the workers but even the aspiring unemployed youth.
He said that the government and administration should have chalked out a policy in order to ensure maximum absorption of local youth in the ongoing and upcoming power projects. “The NC and Congress leaders were more concerned about their own benefits than ensuring gains to the general public”, he said urging the GVK officials to workout a middle path and resume work on the project at the earliest.