Agence India Press
Srinagar: Notwithstanding the tall claims of state government that it was committed to provide the employment opportunities for lakhs of educated jobless youth in the state, few of the center-sponsored projects, having a potential to provide employment to thousands of youth are either in disarrays or shelved by the government for no concrete reasons.
Pertinently, the Steel plant worth Rs 100 crore inaugurated in 2001 by the then union central minister Ram Vilas Paswan in South Kashmir is one such project, which after much-hyped inauguration was shelved by the government owned steel authority of India for reasons best known to the authorities.
Sources however told Agence India Press that the plant was shelved as some the higher officials in the state government did not want the plant to function in the state for their own vested interests. “Top brass ministers in the government do not want the project to function. Their (ministers) vested interests would get harmed if the pant functioned,” a top official associated with the project told Agence India Press wishing anonymity.
He added, “Had the government been serious in dealing with the growing unemployment in the state, it would have made the plant functional in time and also worked on other such plants in time bound manner,”
To a question, the official quipped, “I cannot comment whether the work will resume or not, let us see how the things will go in the future,” An official who is monitoring the project, when asked about the status of this plant told this newspaper, “Last year unrest affected the work on project. However, the work is going on at a new steel plant in Himachal Pradesh” adding that may be sometime later work on Kashmir plant will resume.
The official said that after the parliamentary committee visited the valley last month to assess the work on ongoing projects, it asked the state chief secretary to start the work on the steel plant. At the earliest. National President(youth wing) LJP Sanjay Saraf told this correspondent that the project which costs 100 crore was expected to provide jobs to around 1500 youths but the unprecedented delay in starting work on the project shows government’s seriousness in providing jobs to the unemployed youth of valley.
Pertinently, Saraf who is also close associate of former Union minster Ram Vilas Paswan was serious in bringing this plant to Kashmir. “The way railway service was brought to Kashmir we have been making all efforts’ to complete this project” he said while demanding that government should resume work on the plant at the earliest.
Pertinently at the time of foundation of the steel plant in 2002, it was said that the work on the plant will get finished within 18 months.(AIP NEWS)
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