SRINAGAR: The government of India’s power ministry has not said anything about refusing handover of power projects to the state so far, the government informed the assembly on Thursday.
In response to a question of independent legislator Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, the government said that power and new renewable energy minister, in his last meeting in Srinagar, has not mentioned about the refusal of handover of power projects to the state.
“As per minutes of meeting held on 10-10-2017 to review the power sector in Jammu and Kashmir under the chairmanship of the honourable union minister of state for power and new renewable energy at SKICC Srinagar,” the government said. “. . . there is no mention about the refusal of handover of power projects to the state.”
In response to another question about steps taken in regard to the transfer of NHPC owned projects to the state, the government said that it is actively pursuing the transfer of projects with the GoI.
It said that deputy chief minister and finance minister have told GoI about the need for transferring the projects in its various meetings. It said the state government would actively pursue transfer of hydel power projects from NHOC and that budget provided funds for meeting the operation and maintenance cost of such power projects.