Srinagar: The Opposition asked the PDP-BJP coalition in the Legislative Council on Wednesday to explain what prompted them to strike out a controversial clause from their New Industrial Policy.
As soon as proceedings started in the council, members of the Congress and the National Conference stood up and created a ruckus, demanding that the government respond to their question whether the policy was modified under pressure by pro-freedom groups or the matter was something else.
“Why has the government not come out with a formal statement on what were the reasons that led them to revisit the new industrial policy? We ask the government to respond whether the policy was amended under the pressure exerted by separatist groups or what other reason. Please clear the air,” GN Monga of Congress said in the council.
The opposition legislators disrupted the council proceedings and demanded an immediate response from the government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, who was present in the house but kept silence on the issue.
While the opposition continued to raise their demand, creating noisy scenes in the council, the ministers sitting in the treasury benches kept mum throughout.
The government had on Tuesday ordered a modification of the Industrial Policy with the deletion of controversial para 2.11.2 from it.
“In partial modification of government order dated 15.03.2016, para 2.11.2 of Industrial Policy-2016 shall be deemed to have been deleted ab-initio and shall be read as: Private promoters only from the State (including local industrial associations) shall be allowed and encouraged to develop private industrial estates/parks on commercial lines on activity-specific cluster basis over an area of at least 5 acres,” the order issued by the commissioner secretary of the industries and commerce department read.
“In case of IT Parks, the minimum requirement will be 2 acres for housing IT units in flatted accommodation,” further read the order.
The house started normal working after chairman Anayat Ali assured the protesting legislators that their concerns will be addressed and the government will respond accordingly.
In the meanwhile, Congress legislator Naresh Kumar Gupta added more chaos by raising the previous day’s incident in Doda where people protesting against unscheduled power cuts were beaten by police and several people were injured.
“What prompted the police to resort to brutality against common people, who were demanding the basic right of power in the month of Ramzan? What crime had they done that they were cane charged by the police?” Gupta asked the government.
He demanded immediate action against the policemen responsible for the action.
A complete shutdown was observed in Doda district on Wednesday against the “police excesses” on anti-PDD demonstrations after a call was given by the Seerat Committee of Doda on Tuesday. A rally was also held by people against the police action.