Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1000 mw thermal power project coming up shortly: Shinde

JAMMU, Jan 30: Union Minister for Power and senior leader of All India Congress Committee, Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that 1000-MW Thermal Power Project was coming up near Pathankot shortly and people of J&K will be benefited in big way.

Addressing a large gathering at a function organized by J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) at Muthi to commemorate the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Shinde who was the chief guest, said that with the objective to give boost to the power generation in Jammu and Kashmir, his Ministry was shortly going to start work on the proposed 1000-MW Thermal Power Project near Pathankot. The Prime Minister has already issued instructions to support power starved J&K State in increasing its power generation capacity.

Mr Shinde said that J&K State has the massive hydel power potential and it has not been tapped fully. Many power projects were in the pine line and the work on these projects like Pakal Dul, Barser, Keeru and others will be expedited. He said the Central Government was according full support to the State Government in raising its power generation capacity. For setting up Thermal Power project, the process to identify land has already been started, Mr Shinde added.

While stressing for discipline among the party cadre, the AICC leader said that Party was supreme and no individual was higher than it. "You are here because of the party. Indiscipline was unacceptable and it is the responsibility of all the Congressmen to ensure it at all costs’’, he said.

Citing his own example, Mr Shinde said although he led the party to victory in Maharashtra but was asked by the Congress president to accept the Governorship. Prof Soz was the Union Minister and he quit immediately and took the new responsibility of heading JKPCC on the directions of AICC chief. The decision of the Party high command is accepted by every one for the party’s discipline, Mr Shinde added.

The Union Power Minister regretted the slow progress on the Centrally sponsored Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidhyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY) and said that he was not happy with the pace of work in the State. Responding to a point raised by former J&K Minister Mula Ram in this regard during address, the Union Minister said that he will personally look into the matter so that people are benefited properly.

While admitting factionalism in the party, the Union Minister said even once there were three factions but when the time (elections) comes, all the factions get united for the cause of the party. He however, stressed for the unity in the party and asked the cadre to strengthen the party in every corner of the State. He also lauded the role of PCC chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz and said that he has put lot of efforts in strengthening the party in the State. He disclosed that he has come here to attend the function on the instructions of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and many such functions were being organized in the country to commemorate the Martyrdom Day of Gandhiji. Mr Shinde said that he was surprised to see such an impressive gathering at a function being held to pay tributes to father of the nation. He said that "we should feel proud that a great soul like Mahatma Gandhi was born in this country whose philosophy is a beacon light for the entire world today. The heads of world powers today take inspiration from Gandhian Philosophy."

PCC chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz while paying tributes to Gandhiji said that on this day the PCC has launched mass contact programme in the State and as a part of this programme functions/ programmes will be held in every constituency to reach out to the people. He said Congress party means to serve the people by following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. He said AICC president Sonia Gandhi has always said that politics is another name of service to the people.

Prof Soz said that interlocutors appointed by Union Government for J&K have submitted their report to the Government and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was visiting the State on February 3 or 4. The issues related to all the three regions are likely to be discussed. He said that consensus on some of the issues may be evolved with this crucial visit after talking to different quarters, he added.

Launching attack on BJP, Prof Soz that party was not behaving like a responsible opposition whether in the Parliament or outside. He was referring to party’s recent Lal Chowk Chalo campaign and stalling Lok Sabha proceedings during last session. He said the party only exploits the people on religious issues and tries to divide the people for vote bank.

Later, talking to media-persons, Prof Soz said there was no factionalism. The main PCC leadership and true Congressmen were here in PCC’s official function. Gandhi Global Family or somebody else will be organizing another one, he was not fully aware. Responding to another question, that there was Azad’s statement that there was no move for rotational Chief Minister in J&K, Prof Soz said it was for the party high command to decide. "We will respect the word of the Party president". He however, avoided to comment on succumbing of Party to NC pressure regarding 73rd Amendment in Panchayati Raj Act before elections.

Capt Parveen Davar, AICC secretary, Minister for Medical, Technical Education and Sports R S Chib, Minister for Health Sham Lal, Minister for Revenue and Relief, Raman Bhalla, MoS Shabir Khan, MP Madan Lal, former DyCM Pt Mangat Ram, Dharam Pal Sharma, Amrit Malhotra, Bashir Magrey-MLC, Ravinder Sharma-MLC also addressed the gathering.

Prominent among others present included Mula Ram, Hari Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Ghulam Hyder Sheikh, G N Monga, Om Chopra, Y P Khajuria, Prem Sagar Aziz, Shah Mohd, Kanta Bhan, Lal Mohd Sabir, G L Chalotra, A G Kohli, Manjit Singh, Muzaffar Beg, Parkash Sharma, Bharat Gandhi, P S Parihar, Manmohan Singh, Rashid Choudhary besides, Kuldip Raj Verma, Bashir Naz and Swarn Lata ( all the three Vice Chairpersons of Boards).

Source: Daily Excelsior....News Page

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