Jammu- Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said India is proud of its armed forces and prayed for “good sense” to those questioning the surgical strike on militant camps in Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2019 Pulwama suicide attack.
“There is no doubt about the bravery of the armed forces and they are enjoying respect for their work which they have done over 70-75 years. The whole country is proud of them,” the LG told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
He was responding to a question about media reports that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had said he would like to know the truth about the surgical strike.
“God should give good sense to such people so that they have good opinions about the country and the Army,” Sinha said.
On protests and filing of objections by associate members over a draft proposal of the Delimitation Commission that was set up to redraw the assembly seats of the Union Territory, he said India is a democratic country where everyone is free to speak.
“The Election Commission is a constitutional body and the Delimitation Commission works in accordance with the delimitation act enacted by Parliament. We have a democracy and a Constitution which gives everyone the freedom to speak,” he said.
Sinha said that if the associate members have any objection, they should file it before the commission. The report will be out in public domain and if an ordinary person feels that there is a mistake, he should also raise his objection, the LG said.
“This is the beauty of our democracy,” he said.
‘Electricity Theft Cancer For Power Sector’
Asserting that his government’s aim is to make J&K’s Power Department self-sustaining and reduce power theft which is proving to be the ‘cancer’ for this sector, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday sought help from people in controlling theft, reducing wasteful consumption, cutting down losses and reporting the offenders to the authorities.
The LG made these remarks while inaugurating 20 Power distribution projects costing Rs 41 Cr at Bajalta, here, an official spokesperson said. The LG, he said, maintained that these projects will address peak season shortage and ensure sustained economic activities.
“Our aim is to make the power department of J&K UT self-sustaining and reduce power theft which is proving to be cancer for this sector,” Sinha said, as per the spokesperson
“I appeal to the people to help the administration in controlling theft, reducing wasteful consumption, cutting down losses and reporting the offenders to the authorities,” he added.
Terming the installation of smart meters as the need of the hour, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that the move will ensure that people of J&K get good quality & reliable power; address the needs of poor, rural areas, agriculture and industrial sector, and usher in an era of uninterrupted power supply.
Highlighting the remarkable progress attained by the UT in power sector, Sinha, he said, observed that the unprecedented achievements in power generation, transmission & distribution sectors in the last one year have completely overhauled J&K’s power infrastructure which remained dilapidated for several decades.
“The government is planning to invest Rs.12,000 Cr for capacity augmentation, upgrading the transmission and distribution systems to remove all supply constraints, strengthen electrification assets and deliver electricity through underground wires in the capital cities of Jammu & Srinagar,” the LG said.
“The UT Government is working on detailed plans in a systematic manner for achieving reliable, quality, and sustainable power supply. We will generate 2500 MW additional electricity by 2024 to ensure energy security for the people of J&K UT,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the LG said that last year 60 MW capacity augmentations were achieved in the region. By March 31 this year, he said, additional 200 MW capacities will be added in our energy basket.
“We are addressing the shortage of infrastructure with renewed vigor with focus on inclusiveness and bridging divides. Our growth model has multi-dimensional objectives to produce a wide-spread flow of benefits, ensuring access to essential services for all sections and expansion of quality employment,” Sinha said.
“For the first time in decades, the Government is focusing towards capacity augmentation of Grid Sub-stations in J&K, with augmentation work on 21 Sub-Stations completed last year and another 21 will be completed by 31 March, 2022. Work on upgradation of Gladni Grid sub-station which is considered as the Mother Grid station of Jammu division will also be completed by next month,” he added.
Moreover, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that 134 out of 188 sub-projects of power transmission and distribution have been completed and the remaining 54 are in the final stage of completion.
“New projects worth Rs 400 crore were started for strengthening the transmission sector,” he added.
The LG also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid a solid foundation for a better future, rapid economic and sustainable growth of Jammu and Kashmir, the Lt Governor said.
“The present dispensation with its citizen-centric policies and reforms in every sector has empowered the people of the UT. We have also changed the Land use policy to empower farmers. Gair Mumkin Khad land issue has been resolved to benefit the people of the UT,” Sinha said, as per the spokesperson.
The LG, he said, congratulated the officials of the Power Development Department, and the people of the region for the new power projects.
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