DSS delegation discusses issues of public importance with LG

DSS J&K president Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak addressing a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
DSS J&K president Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak addressing a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: A delegation of Dogra Sadar Sabha J&K and prominent citizens led by Sabha president Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak discussed various issues of public importance and key development programmes going on in the Union Territory of J&K with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.
This was revealed by Gulchain Singh Charak while addressing a press conference here today. He said the delegation highlighted the issue of inclusion of Mubarak Mandi heritage complex in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and made a strong plea to protest Mubarak Mandi archives ‘within the complex’ instead of shifting it to any other location outside.
Charak said the delegation brought into the notice of the LG, the 118 year old and withering Dogra Sadar Sabha headquarter building at Dogra Hall, adjacent to the Civil Secretariat, Jammu, and pleaded to get this historical complex included within the ambit of Smart City development projects as that will take care of its proper protection and up-gradation.
“The issue of development and promotion of holy Purmandal-Uttarbehni Pilgrimage Centres was also raised during the meeting,” he said, adding, the delegation proposed that while up-grading the Tawi River banks on the pattern of river front in Gujrat, Solar panels be installed on the Ranbir Canal for power generation.
He said the issue of ex-gratia for war widows of J&K was also highlighted and the LG was urged that the Government order of increase in ex-gratia up to Rs 25 lakh be made effective from 5 August 2019. The LG was further apprised that the annuity of gallantry awards has not been revised in J&K since 2008, while other States/UTs revise it once in two years.
Prominent members in the delegation included Col Karan Singh Jamwal (retired), Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Brig M S Jamwal (retired), Col Dr Virender Kumar Sahi and Ajay Khajuria (retired DC).