LC Passes Resolution On Return Of NHPC Projects

30 March 2015
Kashmir Life


Srinagar: Upper House of state legislature Monday passed a resolution on return of power projects from National Hydro Power Projects. The resolution was moved by the opposition National Conference. NC member Qaiser Jamshed Lone had moved a resolution in the Council, 'this house resolves that all the power projects be returned by NHPC to state government.' Minister Abdul Haq Khan, on the behalf of Minister Incharge for Power, replying to Lone's resolution, said that it is mentioned in the power budget of Minister of Finance that the government would actively pursue transfer of power projects from NHPC and budget provide funds for meeting the operation and maintenance cost of such power projects to be transferred from NHPC. However, unsatisfied by the reply of the government, Lone took a dig at PDP-BJP government for putting up transfer of power projects from NHPC to state in their agenda of alliance government. 'On one side, they are claiming that they will bring back the power projects from NHPC to state but on the other hand side, the central government have replied to a question of PDP MP Tariq Hamid Qarra's question that these cannot be transfer in view of legal and financial problems,' he said. Hitting back at Lone's statement, PDP member Firdous Tak said that it was NC who sold the power projects as well as the interest of people of Jammu and Kashmir to NHPC, triggering verbal duels between NC and PDP members in the House. On this, member Jehngir Mir who was in the Chair asked the two sides to pacify and take their seats as Minister wants to reply. 'It was NC who sold these power projects without even thinking for the interest of people of J&K. Who was in the government for past so many years in the state. Who gave away these projects to NHPC without even entering into MoU,' Khan added.