In an exclusive chat with Greater Kashmir, senior BJP leader and JK affair’s incharge, Avinash Rai Khanna said the party has put power and tourism sectors as their priority area.
Asserting that they would put in best to harness JK’s power and tourism potential to generate employment, BJP Monday said it was ready to discuss the issue of return of power projects to the state after taking proper feedback from the general public.
The party also claimed that it would look into the issue of as to why despite having huge potential of revenue generation, JK has not been able to get its due share in the power sector.
In an exclusive chat with Greater Kashmir, senior BJP leader and JK affair’s incharge, Avinash Rai Khanna said the party has put power and tourism sectors as their priority area. “Once the government is in place in JK, we will right away start the process of focusing on these two key sectors (power and tourism) so that more and more employment is created,” Khanna said. He said BJP will also look into the hurdles that have not allowed the two sectors to flourish despite having huge potential.
“So far our understanding of JK’s power and tourism sectors is concerned, we believe thousands of youth can be adjusted in these sectors alone. Plus, these sectors can become the real backbone of state’s economy in terms of revenue generation,” he said. “We will surely try to address the issues that have chocked these sectors.”
On return of power projects from NHPC, Khanna, who is also BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, said they would like to take the concerned on board on the issue. “We will hold discussions with NHPC on this issue only after proper feedback from the people. There is no lock that doesn’t have a key and there is no problem that doesn’t have a solution,” he said.
Pertinently, as the PDP-BJP government seems to be shaping up in JK, both the parties have prioritized power sector in their respective agenda. PDP has made return of power projects an issue in its basic draft of Common Minimum Program (CMP).
According to a prominent industrialist and a civil society activist, Shakeel Qalander the issue of return of power projects has been deliberated enough with the former regimes. “I believe there is no room for any debate. The fact of the matter is that it is high time the upcoming state government must ensure three major projects—Salal, Uri-I and Dulhasti are returned to JK without any further delay,” he said. Interestingly, one of the five working groups, constituted by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, headed by C Rangarajan had advocated return of Dulhasti to the State, but so far no action was taken on the issue.