JAMMU, Aug 14: All Jammu and Kashmir Plus 2 Officers Association has appealed Governor S P Malik to accord toll tax exemption to all the employees who daily attend duties by passing through the Toll Plaza at Ban Nagrota, Jammu.
A meeting of the Association was held under the chairmanship of its president Dr P P Raina, who said that so many employees of School Education Department, Health, Higher Education, Horticulture, Agriculture, Sericulture, Revenue, MES and other departments have to bear this burden of Rs 200 approx daily while passing on either side of Ban Toll Plaza.
“Not only Govt employees but also a big number of employees from private sector and even students have to bear this burden unnecessarily. No doubt some areas have been covered upto 10 kms for monthly passes but the areas outside Nagrota like Narwal, Channi Himat, Nanak Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Satwari, Trikuta Nagar, Greater Kailash, Kunjwani etc are not granted the facility of passes,” the meet explained adding that a large chunk of employees even from Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi etc have to cross this toll tax post daily and pay this tax without being having any fault of their.
Further, the meet said, these employees have to face a stressful situation and have to go by either bus or private hired taxies which even take much more time than their own personal vehicles. Even as the Association brought the matter into the notice of concerned authorities, no positive step has been taken so far, the meet added.
The meeting was attended by all the executive members and others, including Senior Vice Presidents Rajeev Sharma, Narinder Kumar Sharma, Sanjeev Kumar Pandita, General Secretaries Sanjeev Kumar, Kapil Banotra and special invitees /advisers Suresh Kumar, Raj Kumar, Dr Arshdeep Singh, Dr Ashutosh, Balwant Sharma and others.