SRINAGAR: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) and veteran pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani has said government of India was doing no favor by investing in the developmental projects in the state as New Delhi earns about Rs 25000 crores from their investment in the state annually. “Government of India is earning Rs 24831 crores from their investments in the state per year. This amount is more than what government of India extends to the state at the time of election for so-called developmental projects,” Geelani said at a seminar titled ‘can elections replace the sacrifices of martyrs?’ “The annual statistics about the amount of power exported from the state to outside and taxes paid by the state to the government of India through central government departments and revenue by cell phone companies show that state pays an amount of 24831 crores annually to the government of India.”
While giving the breakup of annual imports to the state, Geelani said, “Goods worth Rs 23000 crores are imported annually and the 8 percent excise service tax imposed on these commodities amounts to rupees 1840 crores. The annual income tax received by the state government from the local businessman and traders is 500 crores and the debt state owes to government of India, central departments and other companies of India amounts to 18701 crores.” He said the amount of money allocated for the state budget as per the official records is Rs 19899 crores. “An amount of 1791 crores which is 12 percent of the total annual budget is preserved for interest payments. The total amount of electricity generated by NHPC is 2400 megawatt and out of this 1600 megawatt is generated in JK,” said Geelani.
He said the state receives only 12 percent of the electricity generated and the rest of the power is exported to Indian states which is worth Rs 20000 crores. “Besides, out of this 12 percent electricity received by the state 4 percent is used by the Indian troops stationed in Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said, adding the government of India receives an amount of Rs 700 crores from the state of Jammu Kashmir in the shape of revenue by the mobile companies and other central government departments.
Reacting to the recent statement of chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad made at a public rally in Handwara, where he had accused Hurriyat leaders of provoking Kashmiri youth for violence, Geelani said, “Azad is making such statements under the protection of more than 10 lakh Indian troops.” Geelani said, “If the chief minister is sure about things which he said about the Hurriyat leaders at the rally then he should dare to repeat them in public and not at state-managed rallies. Anybody can make such statements if he is protected by an army of 10 lakh Indian troops.”
“Those who blame the Hurriyat leaders of misguiding the youth should first look into their families and ministries and find out who has smuggled the green gold of our forests and who are involved sex-scandals.” Impressing upon Pakistan to come up with a clear policy on the Kashmir issue, Geelani said, “On one hand PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif states that UN resolutions and right to self-determination is the only solution to the Kashmir issue and on the other he is ready to go beyond UN resolutions for resolving Kashmir issue. It is a dual policy.”
Noted human rights activist and chairman Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) Parvez Imroz said the civil societies working in UK, US and other countries have failed to highlight the human rights violation in Kashmir, “unlike the Tibetans who attained mass attention by staging peaceful protests throughout the world.” Earlier, chairman Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Zamrooda Habib, said “Kashmir issue should be resolved as per the aspirations of Kashmiris and elections are no solution to the Kashmir dispute and cannot replace the sacrifices of thousands of martyrs.-SANA