Direct attack on 35A, say protesters; assert local firms capable enough
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) held a protest demonstration here on Wednesday against the allotment of state power projects to non-local firms by the state government.
Members of the KEA assembled at Press Enclave and termed the allotment as a “direct attack on Article 35A and against the interest of Jammu and Kashmir”. Chanting slogans in favour of Article 35A and Article 370, the protesting KEA members demanded that the state government not allow the Government of India (GoI) to “loot its resources” and said the state has enough resources to “build power projects at its own”.
Several KEA members, along with Vice Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar, were detained during a protest march towards the Civil Secretariat against the allotment of power projects to non-local companies.
Chairman KEA Mohammad Yousaf Chapri said that “being a heaven”, Kashmir is blessed with these resources and that “India has [only] burgled these resources of Kashmir” and is trying to do the same by allotting power projects to firms from out-side the state, “despite the fact that our state has enough economy to build these projects”.
“We will never bend till these power project allotments to non-local firms are cancelled; let the state government do these projects,” he said. “I wonder why the centre makes these issue-rising moves during the Governor’s administration.”
“What is the fun of handing over the projects to non-local firms,” inquired Farooq Ahmad Dar. “Aren’t the state stake holders worthy enough to build these power projects?” He said that from the last more than six decades, New Delhi is “at its peak in marauding Kashmiri resources” through “loot by NHPC”.
Dar said that the GoI’s aim is the “suppression of Kashmiris by whatever means”, whether it is abrogation attempts on state subject law or the looting of resources directly and indirectly in the name of power projects.
While protesting, members of the KEA said that the state has adequate experience, capability and expertise in managing and executing any new power project on its own.
“State government should carry out these projects,” they said, asserting that the high-profile business hubs and stake holders of Kashmir could be approached to fund them. “Why allot to non-local firms who in future will plunder Kashmir,” they asked.