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Despite meagre power at hand JK government wants to link power connections with Aadhar, ration cards
Common masses, businessmen refer to decision as 'building castles in air'
12/14/2017 11:11:48 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Dec 14: State government's decision to link the power connections with Aadhar cards and ration cards has come in for flak from the people with the masses demanding that the people at helm should first improve the power scenario in the state and then take subsequent decision.
Talking to Early Times, a group of people said that linking of power connections with Aadhar cards and ration cards is a step taken in haste in Jammu & Kashmir. The residents said that such a step is prudent and acceptable only when the power position is up to mark in the three divisions of Kashmir.
"The state government is building castles in air and the step aimed to link the power connections with Aadhar cards and ration cards is totally unacceptable at this point of time. The government should first improve the power supply and then take a decision vis-à-vis linking of power connections with Aadhar and ration cards respectively," said the group of people.
The decision to link the power connections with Aadhar cards and ration cards was taken during a meeting held at Jammu with Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh in the chair. The meeting was attended by Food, Civil supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) minister Chaudhary Zulfiqar Ali and officers of Power Development Department and FCS&CA.
A government spokesman claimed that in order to identify the genuine power consumers and increase the revenue generation, the electric connections would be seeded with Aadhar cards and the ration cards being issued by the department.
The meeting decided that electric power connections would be seeded with the ration cards already issued by FCS&CA department in order to increase the revenue generation and also ensure proper distribution of the electricity to various areas.
Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCC&I), the apex body of business houses in Kashmir has also taken a serious note of the government decision linking Aadhar cards with electricity consumer connections to improve the revenue collection position. The chamber termed the decision illogical and untimely as the power position in the state is so grim that consumers do not get more than 6-7 hours power on average.
"Despite severe cold the consumers in general are forced to live through dark nights. The voltage is so erratic during the supply hours that electric gadgets fail to function or get damaged frequently. The KCC&I has urged the government to put in its efforts to improve working of the power generation projects so as to ensure uninterrupted power supply instead of pushing the otherwise power- starved consumers to wall with illogical and annoying decisions to improve revenue generation of the state," said KCC&I President, Javed Ahmad Tenga.
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