JAMMU, May 22: A joint delegation of members of various institutions and a delegation West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee today called on the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu at the Raj Bhavan.
They expressed their gratitude and thanked Government of India and J&K UT Administration for the introduction of new Domicile Law in J&K.
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The joint delegation led by Purushottam Dadhichi (RSS) comprising of Prabhat Singh (Sanatan Dharam Sabha); Arun Chowdhry (Arya Samaj); Abhinav Sharma (President Bar Association, Jammu); Lalit Mahajan (Industrial Association); Pankaj Jain (President Jain Sabha); Jang Bahadur (President Valmiki Sabha); Ved Prakash (Brahman Sabha); Narayan Singh (Former President, Rajput Sabha); Amita Sharma (President, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Jammu); Vikram Gujral (Art of Living) and Dr Jaswant Singh (Rashtriya Sikh Sangat) discussed with the Lt Governor about various welfare issues of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and also submitted their suggestions and recommendations on several developmental issues.
They said that the people of J&K have high expectations from the present dispensation and lauded the UT Administration for taking effective measures at all fronts in meeting those expectations.
A delegation of the West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee led by its President, Labha Ram Gandhi apprised the Lt Governor about various welfare issues of West Pakistan Refugees including reservation in employment, land rights, extension of date of JKCET entrance application forms etc.
The Lt Governor observed that the new Domicile Law will ensure equitable development of Jammu and Kashmir, besides safeguarding the rights of all residents of J&K.
Meanwhile, delegations of PoJK Displaced Persons, J&K Gorkha Sabha and All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organizations, also called on the Lieutenant Governor and thanked the Government of India and UT Administration for Domicile Law in J&K.
While interacting with the Lt Governor, the members of the delegations said that new Domicile Law has given due representation to those who previously were kept outside the sphere of the Constitutional safeguards.
A delegation of All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organizations, JK led by RK Kalsotra submitted a memorandum of demands pertaining to welfare of the people of the SC, ST and OBC communities including implementation of reservation in promotions; shifting of National Commission Headquarter to J&K; nomination of SC/ST members in Delimitation Commission; adequate representation of SC/ST/OBCs in Constitutional bodies, Commissions, Boards and Judiciary; construction of Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhawan, issuance of OBC Certificate instead of current OSC Certificate being issued to the OBC Category people.
A delegation of PoJK Displaced Persons headed by Dr Narinder Singh Raina apprised the Lt Governor about their welfare issues including the constitution of Welfare Board for POJK Refugees.
Meanwhile, a delegation of J&K Gorkha Sabha led by its President, Karuna Chhetri drew Lt Governor’s attention towards various issues of their Community and also demanded preference and reservation in Government Jobs for the people of the Gorkha Community.
The Lt Governor, while interacting with the members of the delegations, observed that the Government is committed to safeguarding the rights of the people of J&K and is making dedicated efforts at all levels for the holistic development of the UT.
He also assured the delegations to review all their genuine issues and demands so that effective measures could be taken for their welfare in right earnest.