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PDP demands white paper on 'sell out' of J&K water resources

india Updated: Nov 27, 2010 19:46 IST

Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday demanded a white paper on the alleged "sell out" of water resources of Jammu and Kashmir during the National Conference regimes over decades.

"The NC has not just compromised the dignity and honour of the people of the state through repeated betrayals but had even sold out the only major natural resource, water, for its own interest," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti alleged in a statement.

"The government must come out with a white paper on water resources and their exploitation to make people aware of the energy crisis and its reasons," she said.

Reacting sharply to the National Conference president Farooq Abdullah's observations on the status of hydel projects in the state, Mehbooba said the water resources of the state have been "bartered away for a pittance".

"Instead of showing any remorse, Abdullah is now shifting blame to others in the trademark NC style to sound sympathetic to the state. How would it have helped the state in any way if the hydro projects handed over to NHPC were completed faster?" she asked.

"We are left with no stakes in these projects as a result of Abdullahs reckless generosity towards the NHPC, which has become a symbol of states economic deprivation," she claimed.

The PDP president said while paying lip service to the unemployment problem, the NC did not secure even a share in recruitment for state youth in these projects.

"Even non-skilled labourers from the state do not get engaged there -- not to speak of skilled, semi skilled and engineering staff," Mehbooba said.

Mehbooba said the NC had always treated Jammu and Kashmir as a personal estate in taking decisions without caring for the interests of people.

"Even the present government was trying to hoodwink the people through so-called joint ventures with NHPC. The Chenab Valley Hydro project joint venture was highly biased in favour of NHPC and against the interests of the state as the state share was restricted by a minority upper ceiling," she alleged.