Inaugurates, lays foundation of power projects along with Union Min
State Times News Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said that instead of taking over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by force, the development in Jammu and Kashmir should prompt the people on the other side of Line of Control (LoC) to “revolt” and join India. Addressing a function here, Malik said that some ministers have been talking about taking back PoK from Pakistan by force. “I have been seeing from the past 10 to 15 days that many of our ministers, who do not get to talk on international matters, have been repeatedly talking about invading PoK, taking it back etc. My belief is that if PoK is the next target, we can take it on the basis of development of Jammu and Kashmir. “If we can give love and respect to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and secure the future of their children, bring development and prosperity, I can guarantee that within a year or so there will be a revolt in PoK and you will get it without a confrontation … the residents of PoK will on their own say that they want to come this side. This is my roadmap for PoK,” the governor said. Malik urged the countrymen to treat people from Kashmir with love and respect and said officers have been placed in every state to help Kashmiri students. “There are 22,000 Kashmiri students studying in different states of the country and they should be treated with love. People of Kashmir should be treated with love and respect,” he added.
Referring to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registering cases to probe the alleged irregularities in the Roshni scheme, he said it apparently turned out to be Rs 25,000 crore scam.
“The implementation of the scheme has been such that it has proved to be a Rs 25,000 crore scam … When I came here, the first thing I did was to end the Roshni scheme and we handed the Roshni cases to the ACB for investigation,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir government in 1996 launched the scheme to vest land ownership rights on people who were occupying state land by paying a part of its assessed value towards the public exchequer. The aim of the scheme was to regularise illegal occupants while generating funds for construction of power projects in the state.
Malik said the government has taken steps to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Jammu and Srinagar cities from this winter.
The Governor thanked Union Power Minister R K Singh, who was also present in the function, for his generous support to the power sector in the state.
“At my request, he (Singh) has reduced the time for laying of Leh-Nubra transmission line from three years to 18 months,” he added.
The Governor and the Union minister inaugurated 15 power projects in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh and laid the foundation stone for another 20 projects under PMDP, DDUGJY, IPDS and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes in a function held at the Raj Bhavan Auditorium complex here in these regions of the state that was bifurcated into two union territories on August 5.
Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ganai, K.K. Sharma, K. Skandan and Farooq Khan, Advisors to Governor; Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Financial Commissioner to Governor; Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon, GoC 15 Corps; Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary, JKPDD and many senior officers from Union Government and J&K were among those present on the occasion.
Governor lauded the employees of the JKPDD for getting ‘Saubhagya Excellence Award’ for being the first state in the country to achieve 100 per cent household electrification under ‘Saubhagya’ scheme.
Governor noted that no effort will be spared in making J&K and Ladakh a shining example of development in the country. He observed that corruption has no place in the J&K and Ladakh of our dreams. He said that in his effort to wipe out corruption he has asked the Anti Corruption Bureau to probe into the malpractice committed through the Roshni Act, which has already been scrapped.
Governor also urged the Media fraternity to tell people about the normalcy that is prevailing in Kashmir where the situation till date is by and large peaceful and there is no report of any untoward incident.
He said that hospitals and schools are open, basic amenities and supply of essential commodities is unhindered, problems if any of Kashmiri students studying outside the J&K are being taken care of by the liaison officers appointed by the Government of J&K and recently the Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of apples was launched to support the fruit growers in the Valley.
Singh complimented the employees of the JKPDD for their efforts in achieving 100 per cent electrification of households under the Saubhagya scheme and assured uninterrupted power supply to Jammu and Srinagar cities in this winter season. He said that Power scenario this winter will be much better than the previous year and extended full support of the Centre in creating a robust power infrastructure in J&K and Ladakh.
Singh said that it is his endeavour to help J&K and Ladakh to optimally utilize their hydro power potential so that these two Union Territories could be able to sell surplus power to other parts of the country and increase its per capita income.
On the occasion 3 MoUs were signed first among Jammu and Srinagar Municipal Corporations, Power Development Department (PDD) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for street light project for Jammu and Srinagar cities; second between Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and 15 Corps for upgradation of 10 Army Goodwill Schools including digitization of classes; and between PGCIL and PW(R&B) Department for improvement / upgrdation of 7 km Wagoora Link Road.
K.K. Sharma, Advisor to Governor, presented the Welcome Address and gave a brief about the power sector scenario in J&K and Ladakh and about the projects inaugurated and laid foundation stone of.
Hirdesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Government Power Development Department presented the Vote of Thanks.
Governor and Singh presented commendation certificates to employees of JKPDD for achieving 100 per cent electrification under the Saubhagya scheme and presented a cheque of Rs 50 lakh, award money, for creation of JKPDD Employees Children’s Educational Fund.
Earlier a meeting to review overall progress of Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Power sector including DDUGJY, PMDP, RE and IPDS was held under the Chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik and R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State, Power, New and Renewable Energy and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
K.K. Sharma, Advisor to Governor; Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner Finance; Umang Narula, Financial Commissioner to Governor; Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary, JKPDD and many senior officers from Union Government and J&K were among those present on the occasion.
Later, R.K. Singh, met the Governor and discussed about various major initiatives taken by the Central Govt. to augment the power infrastructure in J&K and Ladakh and ensure 100 per cent electrification of all households. They also considered ways and means to exploit renewable energy resources including hydroelectric and solar power based projects.
Governor and Singh also stressed on the vital importance of skill development and creating a vibrant ecosystem for facilitating entrepreneurship among youth.
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