NHPC Refusal Miffs Kashmir Civil Society

KL Report


A day after the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), refused to hand over any power projects to J&K state, Civil Society Organisations in the state have warned of fresh agitation ‘if the State Government did not revisit its policy vis a vis the corporation’

“We have proved it through their documents that they are holding the projects in the state unconstitutionally and illegally, but we are sad to see the state government shrugging its shoulders on the issue”, noted entrepreneur and civil society activist Shakeel Qalander told KNS on Wednesday. He reiterated his demand that the state government should scrap all its agreements with the NHPC which he said were ‘illegal’.

“We had moved an RTI application to know if there was any agreement between the state and the NHPC, and our stand was vindicated when NHPC mentioned in its reply that they don’t have any documents of the agreement in their possession”, said Qalander whose organization, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) is spearheading the campaign to press the government for taking back the control of power projects from NHPC.

However he said that the fresh statement had come from an ‘employee’ of the corporation and was not worth reaction. He said that civil society had issues with the union and state governments ‘and any employee of the corporation was not any authority to issue statements on such sensitive issues’.

Qalander while accusing the state government of ‘misleading’ the people of the state said, “statements from former PHE Minster Taj Mohiuddin seemed suggestive that something will happen on the ground, but unfortunately that turned out to be a staged drama and an eyewash only”.

Qalender asked the government to work for scraping all joint ventures with the ‘controversial corporation’ and cautioned that if the state government did not pay heed to their demands, they may launch an agitation over the issue.


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