JKCA scam issue rocks Assembly for third day

Jammu: The issue of the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam rocked the state Assembly for the third day on Tuesday with NC and PDP members disrupting its proceedings over the matter.

As Assembly proceedings began in the morning, NC member and advisor to chief minister, Mubarak Gul raised the issue of allegations levelled by PDP legislators against JKCA chief Farooq Abdullah and called for expunging the comments made against him from the proceedings.

"These are baseless allegations against Abdullah. He is our chief. He is not in the House and cannot defend himself here," Gul said, adding it amounts to privilege motion.

He was flanked by other NC members, who later came to the entrance of the well and shouted slogans against opposition PDP, that had yesterday raised the scam issue in the Assembly demanding a CBI probe into alleged bungling of funds and gave a notice for an adjournment motion.

As NC members continued with their sloganeering, PDP members led by chief Mehbooba Mufti, stood up from their benches in support of their demands.

After proceedings remain stalled for close to 40 minutes, Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone called for expunging the comments concerning Abullah.

He said as regards for taking over of Salal and Uri hydro electric projects, the state Power Development Corporation (PDC) has been authorised to work out the present cost of these projects on the basis of the internationally accepted norms prevailing in the industry which can form the basis for further negotiation with the centre.

He said, "Rangarajan Committee has only recommended transfer of Dulhasti Power Project to the state."

He said in absence of any bipartite agreement, the case has been examined as to how the state government would pursue its case for return of the project back to the state government in consultation with law department.

He said as regard to Bursar hydro electric project, this project is one of the seven hydro electric projects which were transferred to NHPC for execution as per the memorandum of understanding signed between Union Ministry of Power and state government. He said the entailed project report of this project is still being formulated.

The Minister said that up to December 2011 an amount of Rs 679.48 crore have been released by the Centre for upgradation of power infrastructure in the state under RGGVY against which Rs 552.74 crore have been utilised for the purpose during said period.

The minister said that for restructuring of Power Development Department (PDD) government has already engaged the services of consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He said the government has in principle agreed to regularise the service of PDL/TDL against available class-IV vacancies under the provision of PDD (Subordinate) Service Recruitment rules of 1981 subject to certain conditionality.

He said SPDC also engaged consultancy of Earnest and Young for restructuring JKSPDC of the corporation. He said the consultancy has submitted its recommendations which are under examination of the corporation.