People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 41

October 19, 2008


CPI(M) Welcomes Baglihar Project

THE CPI(M) Jammu and Kashmir state committee has welcomed the inauguration of Baglihar Hydroelectric project and Qazigund Baramulla railway track by the prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. State secretary, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami expressing his pleasure said that these mega projects would give a momentum to the economy of the state. He said that the completion of first phase of Baglihar power project in addition to boosting the power generation will also generate much needed employment to a considerable section of the youth of the state.


Tarigami, however, said that the implementation of Ranga Rajan recommendations that have suggested handing over of some power projects to the state be ensured immediately. He also urged upon the authorities that the next of the kin of those labourers who lost their lives while working in Baglihar power project be provided jobs in the said project. He urged for timely completion of Udhampur Baramulla railway project by removing the impediments in its execution and requested the government to ensure the safeguarding of the interests of the labourers engaged in Baglihar and railway projects.


  Besides making concrete efforts   for rapid development of the state ,  initiating  a meaningful dialogue with the separatists is inevitable for amicable resolution of the issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir , and to create  a conducive environment for a logical dialogue was the obligation of both central and state governments, he said. He however added   that the role of people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be marginalised in this regard.   The alienation among the people of the state must be addressed with a sincere and lucid talks offer and   as a part of confidence building measures,   all those prisoners who are not involved in heinous crimes be released, said Tarigami and added that the dimensions of the issues related to Jammu and Kashmir must be viewed seriously to arrive at a successful and well accepted solution to them.