NC, Cong boycott LC proceedings against member’s eviction

In her reply, minister of state for power Asiea Naqash said seven projects of the total capacity of 5388 MW have been proposed to be constructed on the river Chenab.

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 16 2018 12:53AM | Updated Date: Jan 16 2018 12:53AM
NC, Cong boycott LC proceedings against member’s eviction

National Conference and Congress members boycotted the proceedings of the Legislative Council on Monday in protest against the eviction of NC member Sajad Kichloo, who was protesting against the delay in completion of hydro power projects in Kishtwar district.

Kichloo had demanded that a House committee should be formed to look into the delay.

During the Question Hour, Kichloo, who hails from Kishtwar, sought information about government’s plan to build new power projects in the district and its roadmap for villages that might be dislocated in the process.

In her reply, minister of state for power Asiea Naqash said seven projects of the total capacity of 5388 MW have been proposed to be constructed on the river Chenab.

In a supplementary question, Kichloo asked the government to explain the reasons behind halting the construction of a two power projects in Kishtwar district, which was started a year ago but till now only 10-15 percent works has been completed.

Naqash, replying to his question, said due to poor performance of contractor the commissioned schedule of the 48 MW Kalnai hydro electric project was bound to be delayed. She also admitted that Dul-Hasti project was also delayed due to some dispute. Unsatisfied by the reply, Kichloo walked into the well of the House, protesting the delay.

On this Chairman Legislative Council directed marshals to evict him. However, Congress members Naresh Gupta and Ghulam Nabi Monga, joined by a few other opposition members, rushed to the well and vainly tried to stop the marshals from evicting Kichloo.

The NC and Congress members then staged a walkout, saying the opposition voice was being suppressed.

After the Question Hour, the chairman deputed Abdul Haq Khan, minister for rural development, and BJP’s chief whip Ramesh Arora, to persuade the opposition into attending the proceedings.

But the opposition members refused and did not even participate in the discussion on the recently-presented budget.

“I am in support for power projects but the government should have a proper plan for rehabilitation of the people who will be dislocated,” Kichloo told Greater Kashmir.