‘Govt Spokesperson Satisfied over New Industrial Policy,’ Min tells Assembly

Riyaz ul Khaliq

SRINAGAR

Industries Minister, Chandra Prakash Ganga
Industries Minister, Chandra Prakash Ganga

Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday said that “it was satisfied” about New Industrial Policy and it has been implemented since Mar 15, 2016.

Winding up his debate on grants to Industries Sector, Minister concerned, and senior BJP member, Chandra Prakash Ganga said that industries would get boost under PDP-BJP government.

He also said that J&K government has recommended opening seven new routes across LoC and border areas of state with Pakistan for trade and commerce. “Now, it is up to Indian and Pakistani governments to decide as what to do and how many to open.”

After he was done with his responses and assurances to members of the Lower House, NC’s Khanyar Lawmaker, A M Sagar, pressed his Cut Motion. “You have not replied to my question,” Sagar told the Minister, “Is New Industrial Policy on Hold or it has been implemented?”

Sagar added, “Naeem Akhtar, who is PDP-BJP Government spokesperson, had said that the policy has been put on hold.”

J&K Government Education Minister Naeem Akhtar
J&K Government Education Minister Naeem Akhtar

Addressing concerns of A M Sagar, Industries Minister clarified, “Naeem Akhtar sahab had not said so (policy put on hold); in the presser, he had said that our government will revisit the policy.”

Revealing as “how his government was satisfied on the New Industrial Policy”, Ganga revealed, “when the issue was raised; Naeem Akhtar sahab (Government Spokesperson) came to us (Industries Ministry) and asked how was the policy framed.”

“We told Naeem Sahab that the New Industrial Policy was made keeping in view J&K Land Grants Act,” Ganga informed, “he was satisfied and we continued with the policy.”

Ganga further said that his government “was not harming Article 370” by implementing New Industrial Policy. “Don’t make it an issue.”

Reacting to the statement of Minister, Sagar retorted, “it is an issue of public and this august house.” “Aap ki aapus mein nai banti and you are blaming us.”

In a sarcastic response Sagar added, “you (PDP and BJP) are satisfied (on New Industrial Policy), so you have implemented it.”

Later, Spaker Kavinder Gupta asked Sagar whether he will take back his cut motion. “No I will press for it,” Sagar replied. The cut motion was later dismissed after ruling lawmakers opposed it during voting.

Notable to mention here, the New Industrial Policy was approved during Governor N N Vohra’s rule early this year. The implementation of this policy invited severe criticism from Unionist as well as separatist parties.

Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF had even called for strike against it. “The New Industrial Policy is RSS driven,” separatists had said during a seminar on June 12, 2016 at Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani’s Hyderpora residence.

The New Industrial Policy allows Non-State subjects to get on lease the land for setting up industries “outside the industrial estates in the state with the policy remaining silent on the upper ceiling of the land to be leased out”.

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