Govt portraying people as beggars: KCSDS

‘State Has Failed To Handle LPG Crisis’

Srinagar, Nov 5: The Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies Monday lambasted the State Government for its ‘wrong approach and gross mishandling of LPG issue that instead of bringing relief to the people has brought humiliation and dishonor to them at the hands of various authorities of the Central Government as well as the oil companies.’
In a day-long conference at Baramulla with Prof Hameeda Nayeem in chair, the members blamed the State Government of portraying the entire Kashmiri society as beggars while making repeated appeals for relaxing the cap on subsidized cylinders during their meetings with various Central ministers including the Prime Minister. The contradictory statements from these authorities to different persons at different occasions have only added to the humiliation of the society, the members said.
The KCSDS members blamed the Central Government of being insensitive to the ground realities of hilly State of Jammu and Kashmir. “Had it not been so, the planners in New Delhi without any reminders ought to have known about the variation in energy consumed in Kashmir viz a viz any other State in plains. This is not for the first time that principle of equal opportunity has been violated but it is a routine with J&K State so far as its growth and development is concerned,” the members said.
“The continued discrimination with the State on growth and development has resulted in huge trade deficit, growing unemployment, dependence on Central devolutions and imports,” the members observed.
The members informed the gathering that Jammu and Kashmir as an independent entity was self reliant till 1947 with balance of trade three times advantageous to the State but today the trade deficit of the State has reached to 33000 crores out of total inter-State trade of 40000 crores. “Because of the insufficient financial support from GOI, the successive State Governments failed to invest in the areas that could have generated enough resources for the State. In fact the super-imposed State Governments as well as the Central Governments, over past 65 years, have miserably failed to plan for State’s growth and development in consonance with and matching to the growing demands from the society”, the KCSDS members said.
The KCSDS members further said that the State has borne enormous losses on account of plunder of resources including water, mineral and forest resources. “Had the rulers paid serious attention towards harnessing the hydro power potential of the State during past 65 years, our annual revenue generation from only this sector today would have been around 70000 to 100000 crores”, the KCSDS members informed the gathering. They said that instead of taking any benefit from the water resources, the successive governments have allowed loot of these resources by NHPC that has grown on the profits earned from JK projects alone.
“The present dispensation despite their tall claims has failed to remove the illegal and unconstitutional occupation of NHPC over 4 major power projects that can fetch the State around Rs 5000 crores annually,” the KCSDS members said adding that out of this revenue the State can very well afford to extend subsidy of Rs 500 crores to the weaker sections of the society on LPG cylinders and there is no need to go with a begging bowl before the Central ministers.
The members from the local civil society appreciated the role of KCSDS in taking up the issues of public interest and exposing the Governments on their failures. They assured the organisation of their absolute support whenever required. The conference also deliberated on various other issues and it was decided to hold round-table conferences and expert group meetings on some of the vital issues including misuse of agricultural land.
The day-long conference was attended by Shakeel Qalander, Z G Muhammad, Dr. Mubeen Shah, Advocate Irfan Hafiz besides a cross section of society from Baramulla and its adjoining areas.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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