Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said his government was focusing on hydel power generation to make the state financially self-dependent and not rely on the Centre for any aid.
The chief minister said this at a public rally in Poonch after laying the foundation of 37.50 MW Parnai Hydro Electric Project at a cost of Rs 640.40 crore.
"If we continue to focus on hydel power generation, instead of depending on Central financial assistance for development, Jammu & Kashmir will be able to provide aid for the upliftment of people and launch of new schemes to other states," said Omar Abdulalh.
He said the state government was working on a roadmap to realise the generation of 9,000 MW power in the next seven to eight years, adding the government had launched 1,750 MW hydro electro projects in the last five years.
He further said the opposition did not able to see the success of schemes and projects implemented by his government across the state in the last five years.
"They want to divert the attention of people from development by creating confusion and doubt in their minds", he said.
He directed the minister of state (MoS) for power to work in tandem with the local administration for identifying 250 to 300 youths of the area who would be provided free training, boarding and lodging in institutions outside the state so that they get job in the hydro project itself.
"Companies engaged in the construction of powerhouses have been directed to engage local skilled and non-skilled youths. They will also identify areas where the government can help in upgrading the skills of locals so that they get absorbed in these projects only. Violation of these directions will be taken very seriously," said Omar.
He said the government was making to efforts to help converting the present barter trade system to transaction of money across the LoC.
The government had also taken up the issue of allowing telephone communication between the traders of the two sides, he added.
"Instead of identifying the goods for trade across the LOC, a list of items not allowed for trading will be made while traders will be able to move other items without any bar," he said.
Such initiatives, he emphasised, would flourish trade and strengthen confidence building measures (CBMs).
"Companies engaged in the construction of powerhouses have been directed to engage local skilled and non-skilled youths. They will also identify areas where the government can help in upgrading the skills of locals so that they get absorbed in these projects only."
Omar Abdullah, chief minister