PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Monday criticised the government for deploying the Army to operate power stations in Jammu.
The Army was deployed to the power stations to restore electricity as employees of the Union territory’s Power Development Department (PDD) went on indefinite strike from Friday night
The PDD employees had opposed the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to privatise assets of the department and merge it with the Power Grid Corporation of India.
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir alleged the plan for privatisation in the power sector was part of a larger “loot” of the Union territory’s natural resources. She tweeted, “GOI has made its criminal agenda behind scrapping J-Ks special status clear. Motive behind state sponsored loot of our natural resources – illegal auction of sand mining to outsiders, conversion of agricultural land to privatising power transmission is to plunge J-K into chaos.”
She argued, “Bringing the Army into such matters has further exposed their fake good governance narrative and ensure that people here live in perpetual fear of the jackboot. Such harebrained tactics and policies will only deepen the sense of alienation and suffocation that people of J-K feel.”