Civil Society deputation meets Lt Guv, raises demands

Deputation of Jammu Civil Society during a meeting with J&K Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu.
Deputation of Jammu Civil Society during a meeting with J&K Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: A deputation of Jammu Civil Society (JCS) led by Pardeep Gandotra, JCS Chairman here today met J&K Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu and raised many demands including fiscal incentives of income tax relief and GST exemption for 10 years to all the business sectors of J&K.
The deputation submitted a memorandum of demands to Murmu wherein compensation for the industries, exploring various options to revive J&K Bank and uninterrupted internet connectivity for bringing IT/BPO sector to J&K were among the demands.
Withdrawal of advisories issued by various countries regarding visit by their nationals to J&K and boost to industrial sector by setting up of at least one mega manufacturing unit like rail coach factory or defense production through private participation under Make in India initiative were among other demands.
Still more demands raised by the deputation included road transport incentive for industry, reduction of power tariff for Hotel Industry, lowering of registration charges for vehicles, promotion of quality education, PPS in Himayat scheme at par with DDU-GKY, creation of sports infrastructure, taxes & cess on petroleum products at par with Chandigarh, development of new tourist destinations, digitization of land records, introduction of e-stamp paper, introduction of Hindi and English language for revenue records in Jammu Division and regulation of 10 to 15 years’ stay in J&K for ownership rights to commercial land for outsiders and similar rules for permission for purchasing residential and agricultural land in J&K.
Policy for conversion of industrial land into free hold on payment of token premium to existing industrial units, process for grant of CLU for commercial use on payment of charges to already commercialised areas on main roads, norm of 75 per cent employment to local labour should be relaxed in cases skilled labour is unavailable locally, development of modern housing colonies, improvement of doing business and mandatory purchase by Central & UT Government Undertakings of locally manufactured Goods and Services of J&K were among remaining demands mentioned in the memorandum.
Vinod Sachdeva, Capt Murti Gupta, Wing Commander Joshi, Surinder Mahajan, Subash Gupta, Vijay Gupta, Ujjagar Singh, Prem Diwan, Ajay Talla, Sunandan Aggarwal, B.L Gandotra, Naveen Sen Anand, Raman Samnotra, Bupesh Gupta, Jatinder Gupta, Anil Kapahi, Jatinder Gupta, Rajan Gupta, Sahil Mahajan, Vikram Jain, Harinder Gupta and Pragya Gandotra were also present in the deputation.