Offer to export power to Pak immature: Jakhar
Reacting to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's statement offering electricity to Pakistan during his Lahore visit, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar said it depicted "immaturity" on political and administrative grounds.
"It is not the prerogative of any state government run by a regional party to go ahead with such deals with any other country without getting the proposal vetted by the ministries of home and foreign affairs. East and West Punjab don't share any power transmission line and such an offer lacks political, as well as administrative wisdom. Sukhbir Badal forgot he was not addressing electorates in Indian territory, but people of another country. Promotion of trade and ties with neighbouring countries is a welcome move, but one must go through proper channels," Jakhar said at a press conference on Thursday.
He added the state had been unable to ensure even six-hour supply to the fields and schools in rural areas, last year. "Even now supply is confined to eight hours a day. Many industries have shifted to other states as poor power supply forces two compulsory offs a week," he said.
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