JAMMU, JUL 12 (DNA) – In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Peoples Democratic Party President, Mehbooba Mufti has reiterated the demand for the restoration of Article 370 and 35-A.
Mehbooba Mufti addressing a news conference in Jammu said that Article 370, 35-A, and Domicile Act were not given to Kashmiris by any foreign country. She said, before the nation gave it to us, Maharaja Hari Singh had brought it to protect the identity of the people of Kashmir. She maintained. “We have these laws to be upheld, she added.
Mehbooba Mufti said, after the repeal of these laws, it seems that the only motive behind this was to loot Jammu and Kashmir. “Outsiders are being given top position in Chenab Valley Power Projects, our water and electricity goes out. Our transporters are in trouble. They have to pay toll taxes,” She deplored.
Mehbooba Mufti has said that New Delhi has put the resources of the territory on sale and has brought its economy on the brink of collapse. Mehbooba Mufti, while interacting with PDP delegations from the Chenab Valley said, “From power projects to the sand mining sector, everything is being auctioned by the present dispensation under a planned conspiracy to smash our economy to smithereens”.
She added that this administrative onslaught has already shown its impact. “While curfews and lockdowns have caused serious dent to the economy, a series of administrative orders and laws have come as a shock,” she sad.
The Chenab Valley, she said, is facing the worst impact of the sell-out by Indian government as even the power projects which Jammu and Kashmir was capable of undertaking itself has now been handed over to Indian company, NHPC.
The Ratle power project is an example where the state-owned Power Development Corporation was self-sufficient to undertake the project but it was handed over to the joint consortium that too by minimising the share of JKPDC, she added.
She said power project construction companies were working like the East India company ignoring the rights of the local population. Locals are being denied employment in these projects, she deplored. Mehbooba said that local contractors were getting peanuts for the works they were executing while labourers were being denied benefits prescribed under the laws. = DNA