POWER CRISIS | Govt privatising power through backdoor: NC

Local trying his hand at repairing supply transformer as PDD employees have called strike against government's decision to privatize the electricity in the region.
Local trying his hand at repairing supply transformer as PDD employees have called strike against government's decision to privatize the electricity in the region.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) Monday called out the government for introducing privatisation of power grid reforms through the backdoor, saying that there was no basis to rush through it without taking the concerned power employees and engineers on board.

A statement of NC issued here quoted the NC spokesman Imran Nabi Dar as saying that the one-shot idea of the government seems to never waste an opportunity to stream roll reforms with fundamental changes as was being done by the incumbent administration bypassing the concerns of the engineers and employees of the Power Development Department (PDD).

“There is no basis to rush through the reforms discounting the vital interests of the concerned engineers and employees and for that matter the consumers as well. The ongoing stalemate could have been evaded had the incumbent government deliberated upon the reforms with all stakeholders,” he said.

Emphasising factoring in the concerns of the JKPDCL employees and socioeconomic complexities of J&K, Dar said that the failure of the experiment of unbundling and corporatisation in other states had had the concerned employees and engineers on tenterhooks.

“The consumers are also at a loss because of the fallout of the continuing stalemate,” he said.

Contending how the reforms were being rushed through, Dar said that simple solutions like privatising the power sector were no panacea for the ailing power sector in J&K.

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