SRINAGAR: Engineer Rasheed’s Awami Itihad Party on Wednesday termed the Industrial Policy-2016 approved by the governor as “direct interference in the constitutional rights of the state”.
In a statement issued here, Rasheed said there is no doubt about the industries being backbone of any society or state, but the policy framed by the governor “is simply a step to erode the autonomy of the state and ensure backdoor entry of non-state subjects into the state”.
He said the governor should have left the policy to the civil government.
“In a suspicious way, he formulated it to serve the interests of New Delhi,” Rasheed said.
“Facts and figures reveal that local entrepreneurs in J&K have technical and financial capacity and capability to establish huge industrial states, but the Delhi-controlled bureaucracy is always reluctant to facilitate even a small scale industrial unit by the local educated-unemployed youth.”
The government, he said, has been leaving no stone unturned to demoralise the local investors.
Granting land on lease for 90 years to non-state subjects “is sure to implement the ill-designs of New Delhi in J&K”, he said, demanding rollback of the “unacceptable” industrial policy.
Rasheed said the government of India was not even allowing prestigious educational institutions to be established in the private sector in J&K.
This “biased” and “politically-motivated” barrier forces thousands of Kashmiris to study in such private institutions outside the state, he said.