JCS submits memorandum to Amit Shah, suggests abolition of toll tax

BJP MP Shamsher Singh Manhas receiving a memorandum of suggestions from Jammu Civil Society.
BJP MP Shamsher Singh Manhas receiving a memorandum of suggestions from Jammu Civil Society.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 20: Jammu Civil Society chairman Pardeep Gandotra today submitted a 20-point memorandum to Member of Parliament (MP) Shamsher Singh Manhas regarding issues concerning transition of J&K to UT, for further submission to Amit Shah, Union Minister for Home Affairs.
The memorandum comprises suggestions compiled after discussion of Jammu Civil Society (JCS) during its meetings on September 21 and 28 and finally on October 13, where a large number of prominent citizens and heads of trade and industry bodies participated in panel discussion with BJP MP Shamsher Singh Manhas and former MLAs Sat Sharma, Kavinder Gupta, Sham Lal Sharma, Kuldeep Khoda (IPS) and other dignitaries.
Through the memorandum, the JCS suggested abolition of toll tax as it cannot co-exist with GST legally, exploration of various options to revive J&K Bank, get withdrawn the advisories issued by various countries regarding visit by their national’s to J&K, ensuring uninterrupted internet connectivity so that IT/BPO sector can be brought to J&K, setting up of at least one mega manufacturing unit like metro/rail coach factory or setting up of defense production units through private participation under Make in India initiative of Prime Minister of India and giving road transport incentive to industry.
The JCS further suggested Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure that fiscal incentives in the shape of income tax relief and GST exemption for 10 years should cover all sectors including service & trade sector in J&K UT, restoration of order on reduction of power tariff for Hotel Industry, reduction in registration charges for vehicles, promotion of quality education so that the UT becomes major education hub, creation of sports infrastructure for national as well as international competitions and keeping taxes & cess on petroleum products at par with Chandigarh UT.
The Home Minister was also advised to develop new tourist destinations and new hill stations at places like Bani-Sarthal, Pancheri-Landhar and Latti-Dudu-Basantgarh in Jammu province, digitization of land records and introduction of e-stamp paper, introduction of Hindi and English language for revenue records in Jammu Division, grant ownership rights for commercial land to outsiders and permission for purchase of residential & agricultural land after 10 to 15 years stay in J&K and making policy for conversion of Industrial Land into freehold on payment of Token premium to existing industrial units
The JCS members also suggested development of modern housing colonies, permission for change of land use through single window system, improvement in ease of doing business and framing of user friendly & system driven policies for better work culture in J&K UT and mandatory purchase by Central Government Undertakings of locally manufactured goods and services.
Prominent citizens present were Vinod Sachdeva, Neeraj Anand, Lalit Mahajan, Mohit Oswal, Kuldeep Wahi, Satish Koul, Raman Samnotra, Jatinder Gupta, Anil Kapahi, Rajan Gupta, Sahil Mahajan and Pragya Gandotra.
Shamsher Singh and other dignitaries assured to support withdrawal of Toll Tax and other important suggestions of JCS so that the public is not made to suffer in the name of industry protection.