Former Minister, MLC, delegations of SC/ST Confed, SOS Intl call on LG

Lt Governor G C Murmu meeting former Minister Abdul Gani Kohli in Jammu on Thursday.
Lt Governor G C Murmu meeting former Minister Abdul Gani Kohli in Jammu on Thursday.

Murmu releases CII document on development

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Jan 9: Er. Abdul Gani Kohli, former Minister met the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu at the Raj Bhavan today.
The former Minister projected various issues and demands to the Lt Governor related to the welfare of the Gujjar & Bakarwal communities including compensation to the Gujjars & Bakarwals of Rajouri-Poonch areas for the loss of live-stock due to shelling, rain and snowfall, free transportation to nomadic Gujjars & Bakarwals, speedy completion of Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribal students besides political reservation and effective implementation of various welfare schemes and better education for Gujjars & Bakarwals.
The Lt Governor assured the former Minister that the issues projected by him will be taken up for examination and early redressal. He observed that the present Government is committed to work towards the welfare of tribal communities and he has passed various directions in this regard in a recently held meeting.
The Lt Governor urged the former Minister to continue his sustained endeavours for promoting the welfare of tribal communities.
Surinder Ambardar, ex-MLC also called on the Lieutenant Governor and raised various issues and demands pertaining to strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), encroachment of Government land and properties belonging to the Kashmiri Pandit migrants in Kashmir, extension of many Centrally Sponsored Schemes to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and speedy implementation of employment package for migrant Kashimri Pandits under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).
The Lt Governor assured Ambardar that all his genuine issues and demands will be taken up for examination and urged him to continue working towards promoting public welfare.
A delegation of Confederation of Indian Industries, J&K led by Rajesh Sharma also called on the Lieutenant Governor to discuss the issues of development and economic growth in J&K.
The delegation apprised the Lt Governor about its steadfast efforts and prime focus on the development of J&K’s priority sectors and the impediments that need to be immediately addressed for its holistic development vis-a-vis improving the road, rail and air connectivity, extension of freight corridors up to J&K, industrial package for local industries, promotion of Food Processing and Agro Based industries, taxation issues, extension of rehabilitation benefits to all the stressed loan accounts under Master Directions of the RBI, in view of the developments after 5th August 2019 etc.
During the interaction, the Lt Governor released the CII document on “Agenda for Growth and Development for Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and assured the delegation of necessary support from the Government for ensuring balanced development with focus on inclusive growth. He informed the delegation that a robust and comprehensive industrial policy encompassing various aspects is in the offing which would address several unattended issues affecting the industrial growth and development in J&K.
A delegation led by Pardeep Sharma, ex-MLC and comprising of Naresh Kumar, Councilor, Abhinandan Sharma, Ashish Kumar, Raj Kumar and Puneet Mehta projected various developmental issues and demands of the people of Poonch area including completion of construction of Water Filtration Plant at Sathra Mandi, circular ring road from Sher-e-Kashmir Bridge to Betar Nallah and ring road for Raja Sukhdev Singh Hospital, sanctioning of new Women Degree College, Professional College and Medical College, up-gradation of power supply, promotion of Horticulture sector in Poonch District and protection bund from Magnar to Chandak.
The Lt Governor assured the members of the delegation to look into the issues projected by them and urged Sharma to continue working towards promoting public welfare.
A delegation of All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC organizations, J&K Unit headed by its President, R K Kalsotra submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to the welfare of SC/ST/OBC communities including restoration of reservation in promotions in J&K, implementation of reservations for OBC as per the Mandal Commission recommendations, implementation of Special Component Plan for SCs, shelter homes for landless SCs/STs/OBCs, free coaching for competitive exams, giving boost to entrepreneurship among educated , unemployed youth and construction of Ambedkar Bhavan in Jammu.
The Lt Governor while interacting with the delegation assured them to review all their genuine demands for their early redressal.
A delegation of S.O.S International led by its Chairman, Rajiv Chuni sought the intervention of the Lt Governor into various issues pertaining to the package to PoJK Displaced Persons, providing benefits to all PoJK DPs at par with Valley Migrants, reservation in J&K Legislative Assembly, permission for visiting religious places in PoJK, inclusion of PoJK DPs families living outside J&K in the ambit of the package , constitution of PoJK DPs Development Board to safeguard their ethnic, cultural and linguistic identities, formation of Scouts by recruiting unemployed youth form among the displaced persons.
The Lt Governor gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured them to take up all the genuine issues projected by them for examination and redressal.
Major General (Retd.) Shiv Kumar Sharma also met the Lieutenant Governor and discussed a range of important issues relating to the management of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
Sharma briefed the Lt Governor about the activities being carried out by the SMVD College of Nursing. He informed that currently, 04 batches comprising of 237 girl students are getting training in the Nursing College and various activities like educational tours, Nursing Fest and Active Students Nurses Unit aligned with National Nursing Body have been conducted.


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