State Pushed Into Stone Age: PDP

‘NC’s ‘power theft’ cause of economic disempowerment’

Srinagar – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the present government is leading the state into Stone Age as a result of its insensitive attitude, incoherent policies and inefficient governance. 

Responding to the new load shedding schedule of power development department the party Chief Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said while the ruling National Conference had been hoodwinking the people  on the promise of a return to 1953 position it seems the government has already achived a significant milestone by taking the state back to pre 2002 position. “Given the fuel crisis caused by the LPG non availability and the schedule of darkness issued by PDD it seems Stone Age is already here and Omar Abdullah govt has revived the bitter memories of previous NC government when Kashmir received one hour electric supply a day during winters”, he said.

Akhtar said while the entire coalition government is responsible for the crisis faced by the people, the power disaster can squarely be attributed to the Chief Minister who has been heading the department for the last four years. Recalling the vast improvement registered in power supply by the previous coalition he said only a thoroughly corrupt, inefficient and insensitive government like the present one could have achieved such a disastrous reversal. He said while any where in world the systemic improvement brought in by the previous government would have been used as an opportunity for further development the present government dismantled every thing good that had been achieved painstakingly by its predecessor.

The Spokesman said that for the present government the consumer is the only culprit as the Chief Minister had been reportedly tweeting in the past. He said for the first time after 2002 election the people of the state, especially Kashmir valley had experienced some disciplined and systematic supply of power which had immense impact on the routine of people.

The consumers applied for metering in the hope of getting uninterrupted power supply and to a large extent cooperated in making only genuine use of electricity and paying the tariff on time. This rythm in the revolutionary change was broken by the selfish and thoughtless slogan of NC during the elections asking people to break meters and use heaters (Meter Hataw our Heater Lagaw) and promising free LPG. Instead of bringing any relief to the people the system has now almost collapsed even though the power tariff has been increased more than three fold in the last four years. “Gas, on the other hand, instead of getting any cheaper as had been promised by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in his own constituency is not available now even at Rs 1200/- .

With the on set of winter the problem is getting more acute and the state government instead of worrying about the plight of the people is busy working its life lines in Delhi to shore up its discredited condition, Akhtar said. He maintained that if the government had applied itself with sincerity to honest governance the NC would not have felt the need ever to sell out state assets for remaining in power. He said the people of the state are actually facing the power crisis as a result of decades of ‘power theft’ by the NC which handed over most feasible power projects to NHPC just to enjoy political power. “Every dark and freezing moment should serve to remind us of this basic fact of the state’s economic dis-empowerment” Akhtar said.

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