JK Forms Sub-committee On Power Projects27 May 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has formed a Cabinet Sub-Committee to study the terms and conditions of the agreements under which seven power projects in the state have been handed over to National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). “The Cabinet Sub-Committee will study the entire gamut of issues relating to the seven power projects in the state presently operated by NHPC,” a senior Minister told PTI. The sub-committee was formed at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here yesterday. Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather will head the sub-committee, while Minister for Public Health Engineering Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for Law Ali Mohammad Sagar and Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora will be its members. Although no timeframe has been given to the sub-committee to submit its report, it is likely to do so within one month, the minister said. The agreements which will be studied by the sub-committee relate to the Salal, Dul Hasti, Uri-1, Sewa, Nimo Bazgo and Chutuk projects, he said. The meeting discussed a Cabinet decision taken during the tenure of Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah as the Chief Minister of the state under which Jammu and Kashmir was to get 50 per cent of the power generated from the Salal power project, while it would also get some share of the profit generated by NHPC from the sale of the remaining 50 per cent. According to that decision taken in 1980, the Salal power project should have been handed back to the state government in 2003 after paying 10 per cent of the cost of the power project. It is pertinent to mention here that one of the Prime Minister’s Working Groups on Jammu and Kashmir set up in 2005 and headed by C Rangarajan had recommended the transfer of the Salal power project back to the state.