AIPP opposes privatization of Power Sector in J&K

AIPP leaders at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday.
AIPP leaders at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 05: All India Panchayat Parishad (AIPP) Jammu & Kashmir has strongly opposed the move of Government for privatizing the Power Development Department (PDD) in J&K and termed it illegal, unethical and unconstitutional as the property belongs to the people.
Addressing the press conference the UT president, AIPP, Dr Kuldeep Sharma flanked by RC Sharma its general secretary (Admn) and Jugal Mahajan incharge J&K said that with the public money the entire infrastructure of PDD has been raised and the Government has no right to misuse the public money. He said that if administration wants to invite the private players in the Power Sector then they must raise their own infrastructure like mobile companies and do their business and if consumers feel that their services are better than the PDD and rates are less they would automatically opt to private sectors.
Suggesting for making the PDD more people friendly, he said that those families who are below poverty should be given subsidized power so that they may have some relief. He said that senior citizens who do not have source of income or those who are deserted by their children should be provided free power for their survival. The supply of power and revenue collection should be handed over to youth of the locality and it will serve two purposes one they will get employment and second the good revenue would be collected.
Launching a scathing attack on VIPs and politicians for favouring privatization the Government projects, he said that privatization is done by some ill minded VIPs and politicians who are running a nexus to loot the State exchequer and even they will get the regular share from the project after privatization, which is totally bizarre loot of public money.
Terming the new process of issuing domicile absolutely wrong, he said that Government has framed the policy that a person should be living in Jammu & Kashmir at least 15 years but it should be counted from after October 4, 2020, the date of issuing such orders and not from the past. So the process of acquiring or issuing domicile at present is not complying with law and completely illegal. He asked the administration to immediately wind up the process and cancel all issued domicile with immediate effect and start the after 15 years i.e. in 2035.
Others who were present in the press conference included Dr ML Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Devender Sharma, Channo Kumari, Neelam Chaudhary, Omrav Singh, etc.