Government takes decision, forgets action

5 Months On, Yet To Approach PMO On Transfer Of Power Projects

Administrative Amnesia

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Oct 13: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to submit a formal request with Prime Minister’s Office seeking transfer of some of the NHPC-run hydel projects to the State - a decision taken around five months back on the recommendations of a Cabinet Sub-Committee.
Though the State machinery has been active once again on the issue in the backdrop of recent assertion of Union government that there was “no question of returning the projects,” officials said the delay would have serious repercussions on the claims of the State over the projects.
In June this year, the State government had submitted the recommendations of its Cabinet Sub-Committee - constituted to examine the issue- to the Union government. However, following a cold shoulder from the Power Ministry, the State had decided to approach the Prime Minister’s Office in this regard.
Sources said the State’s Power and Law departments are still in the consultation process over the move and its legal implications.
The issue has resurfaced after Union Power Secretary P Uma Shanker, in presence of Union Power Minister Veerapa Moily, last week, denied any plans of transferring power projects to Jammu and Kashmir.
“The issue has already been settled with the J&K government. NHPC is running all power projects in JK successfully and there is no question of handing them over to the State,” Shanker had said while replying to a query. When contacted, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, admitted that the PMO had not been approached on the issues as of now.
He, however, expressed surprise over the claims made by the Union Power Ministry saying that the State was yet to make a formal request. “So far we have informally submitted a copy of Cabinet Sub-Committee report, recommending buying back of 690 MW Salal and 480 MW Uri-I power projects at depreciated cost of Rs 2566 crores from NHPC, to former Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,” he said.
The Legal Expert Committee constituted by State government, Taj said, has almost completed its work and the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather would soon discuss the recommendations of the legal experts so as to chalk out future strategy.
“After discussing the recommendations of Legal Expert Committee, we will submit the same to Chief Minister, who will directly contact the Prime Minister’s Office,” Taj said.
“We have all the written evidences and agreement copies with us. We will submit a detailed report along with documental proofs, which clearly speak of returning the NHPC-run power projects to State government,” he asserted, and reiterated that NHPC shall have to return the power projects as per the agreement.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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