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Various delegations call on Lt Guv in Jammu

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JAMMU: Former Legislators, ex- Auqaf Chairperson and a delegation of West Pakistan Refugees called on Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan here Friday.
Former Legislators including Jahangir Mir, ex-MLC and former MLAs- Ch. Akram, Ashwani Sharma and Manjeet Singh and Sarpanch, Ramgarh, Bittu Chaudhary put forth various demands and issues related to the socio-economic development of their respective areas.
The Lt Governor observed that the Administration is taking necessary measures to address the basic issues concerning people of J&K. He also urged them to continue their sustained efforts for the growth and advancement of their respective areas, on all fronts.
Later, Qayoom Dar, ex-Chairman, Auqaf and Chief Administrator, Shahdara Sharief shrine met the Lt Governor and briefed him about several arrangements being put in place to augment the existing facilities for the devotees.
The Lt Governor asked him to ensure all amenities to the devotees with increased accessibility and improved infrastructure to tap the potential of the religious tourism of the area, besides following all SOPs during the ongoing pandemic.
He observed that the development of religious places will not only improve socio-economic status of the local people, but also strengthen the bond of communal harmony.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee led by its President, Labha Ram Gandhi also called on the Lt Governor and raised various welfare issues of West Pakistan Refugees.
The Lt Governor assured the delegation that all issues raised by them would be taken up on merit for their early redressal
While interacting with the delegation, the Lt Governor said that the UT Government is committed to ensure equitable development of Jammu and Kashmir, besides safeguarding the rights of all residents of J&K.
He also assured them to give due consideration of all the genuine demands and issues projected by them for their early redressal.
Sinha also met a delegation of Federation of Industries from Jammu province led by Lalit Mahajan.
The delegation submitted that the ongoing Covid crisis has inflicted heavy losses on the industry, which needs immediate redressal. They demanded an industrial package to compensate the losses incurred due to withdrawal of incentives after imposition of GST in 2017 and due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They also submitted that timely payments of GST refunds be made to help the industrialists.
They also asked for promotion of green industry, besides making available CNG in the UT. Certain exemptions on interest rates and waiver of electricity and demand charges were also demanded by the delegation.
The Lt Governor gave a patient hearing to the delegation and informed them that a committee has already been formed under the chairmanship of Advisor KK Sharma to assess the losses faced by the local industry. ‘All stakeholders shall be consulted while forming a policy for the industry’, he added.
The members of the delegation also sought promotion of environment friendly, clean and green industry in the region. They also asked for a horticulture tree census and promotion of horticulture activities in the region. The Lt Governor was apprised about the situation post abolishment of Lakhanpur Toll Post.

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