Advisor Sharma discusses issues, assesses requirements of JMC

Advisor K K Sharma chairing a meeting on Tuesday.
Advisor K K Sharma chairing a meeting on Tuesday.

*Mayor submits memorandum of demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 15: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today discussed issues and assessed the requirements of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) at a high level meeting.
The meeting was attended by JMC Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta, Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development Department(H&UDD), KB Aggarwal, Commissioner/ Secretary, Culture Department,  Mohammad Saleem Shishgar, Commissioner JMC, Pankaj Magotra, Director Tourism, Jammu, O P Bhagat, Director (Finance), H&UDD, Shaheen Mohammad Ashraf besides other senior officers.
The Advisor said that Governor’s administration is open to suggestions and recommendations that will make functioning of such institutions and life of the people better. He emphasized on sensitizing the key officials of the Corporation for obtaining desired results on the ground.
Meanwhile, the Mayor submitted a memorandum of demands pertaining to JMC including release of funds for better functioning of the Corporation, enhancement of honorarium in favor of elected councilors, reorganization of JMC, recruitment against existing available sanctioned strength, filling up of vacant posts in the corporation, engaging sufficient number of field staff for the newly included wards, funds for upgradation of street lights in the city,  deputation of technical and Engineering staff for streamlining and expansion  of development activities.
The Mayor also briefed the Advisor about the overall working of the Jammu Municipal Corporation.
While discussing the issues related to street lights, the Advisor suggested for installation of solar street lights and replacement of bulbs with LED tubes to reduce power consumption.
On filling up of the vacant posts in the Corporation, the Advisor instructed the concerned   to examine the case and roll out the process at the earliest.
The Mayor also urged for creation of Auditorium and starting of laser show to attract tourists to the Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex and speeding up the restoration work there.
The Advisor enquired about the current status of work on the Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex and asked the concerned functionaries and executing agencies to work with a vision for preserving the heritage of the state.
To minimize the traffic problem in the city, the Mayor suggested for linking of Town Hall, SMGS Hospital and Super Speciality Hospital with the multi storey parking coming up at General Bus stand. He further demanded shifting of the ware house situated near Bikram Chowk to some suitable site.
Meanwhile, MLCs, a former Minister and ex-MLAs today called on the Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma and projected people’s demands and issues for early redressal.
MLC, Charanjeet Singh Khalsa sought celebration of   Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji at Government level across   Jammu and Kashmir. He suggested for holding seminars at district levels, distribution of Gurmat literature, holding Gurmat Smagams, organising live exhibition on wheel with lights and sound system on various aspects of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s life.
He further submitted a memorandum of demands seeking establishment of Guru Nanak Dev Chair in Jammu University to promote research work on philosophy and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, construction of Guru Nanak Bhawan at Railhead and promotion religious pilgrimage to preserve of Sikh Heritage.
The Advisor assured sympathetic consideration of the demands put forth.
MLC, Vibodh Gupta drew the attention of Advisor towards delay in construction of Filtration Plant under LIC at Rajouri. He informed that the tender for the said project was allotted around one year ago but the project still awaits its commencement.
The Advisor, inquired from Chief Engineer, PHE about the project and instructed him to take the necessary measures in this regard.
Meanwhile, Former Minister, Sunil Sharma led a delegation of daily wagers working in the Forest Department at Kishtwar and apprised the Advisor about the issue of the regularization of their services.
The Advisor said that the matter will be taken up in the Service Grievance Committee constituted by the government to redress the service grievances of Government employees.
Ex-MLA Rajouri, Choudhary Qamar Hussain sought installation of more hand-pumps and transformers besides completion of PMGSY road in his constituency.
Ex-MLA Ganderbal , Sheikh Jabar apprised the Advisor about  the issues related to new Ganderbal Hydro project and sought repair of damaged transformers in the constituency.