Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that his administration is working with an agenda of equitable and balanced development for the upliftment of all the sections of the society, besides safeguarding the rights of the people of the Union Territory.
Sinha made these remarks during his interaction with a cross section of the society, including former legislators, at Raj Bhavan here on Saturday, an official spokesperson said.
He said that former MLC Surinder Choudhary along with a delegation of border dwellers and tribals of Nowshera and Sunderbani on Saturday met the LG and projected their issues, including construction of individual and community border bunkers to safeguard lives of the people from cross border shelling, holding special police recruitment from the border villages, opening of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Army School besides construction of roads and bridges.
Choudhary, he said, also drew LG’s attention towards the upgradation of infrastructure at Sub-district hospital which caters the need of entire border belt and giving fillip to border tourism in Nowshera and Sunderbani areas.
“The Lt Governor, while interacting with the delegation observed that the present Government is committed towards inclusive development and the welfare of the people. He assured them that all their genuine issues would be taken up for early redressal,” he added.
Similarly, the official spokesperson said that former MLA Ramnagar, Ranbir Singh Pathania also met the LG and projected various issues of public importance, besides congratulating the UT administration for having initiated revolutionary reforms and people friendly administrative measures in J&K.
Sinha, he said, took note of the issues and assured redressal of genuine demands and urged Pathania to continue working towards empowering the common masses.
The official spokesperson further said that former MLC, S. Charanjeet Singh Khalsa along with a Sikh delegation called on the LG and submitted a memorandum of demands pertaining to the implementation of relief and rehabilitation of measures recommended by the DRPSC on Home Affairs.
The demands, he said, were inclusion of 5300 left out families under financial package for refugees of 1947; grant of proprietary rights of small plots of land in the camps/bastis on which the displaces families have constructed pakka houses; Preservation & improvement of Sikh heritage sites across the UT; construction of Modern residential Baba Banda Singh Bahadar Memorial Public School Nowshera, among other issues of the Sikh community
“The Lt Governor assured the delegation to review their genuine issues for early redressal and urged the former legislator to continue his sustained efforts towards the welfare of the people,” he said.
Former Minister, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, also submitted memorandum seeking among other things, construction of Rajnagar Budhal to Shopian Road, construction of a Trauma Centre in view of the central location of Rajouri, Ramban, and Reasi Highway, besides bringing entire Pir Panjal Range on the tourism map, among other issues.
Later, the official spokesperson said that a delegation of Dental Surgeon Association led by its President, Dr. Rahul Koul met the LG and discussed several issues.
“The Lt Governor while interacting with members of the delegations observed that the Government is working with an agenda of equitable and balanced development for the upliftment of all the sections of the society, besides safeguarding the rights of the people of J&K,” he added.
Hands Over Forest Rights Certificates To Tribals
Sinha handed over certificates of individual and community forest rights to the members of tribal communities of Jammu division on Saturday.
Addressing the event, Sinha said a new era of social equality has been ushered in for tribals in the union territory with the handing over of individual and community forest rights certificates to them.
He said their participation was significant in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act.
"We have formulated a robust mechanism to ensure these rights are decided at the grassroots level in consultation with Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and the forest department," he said.
The Lt Governor also felicitated the Deputy Commissioners of Rajouri, Jammu, Poonch and Kishtwar for their outstanding work in the law's implementation in their respective districts.
He also lauded the efforts of elected public representatives and the officers of tribal affairs and forest departments.
"The UT administration is steadfast for their holistic development and prosperity, he added.
Sinha said the government has launched various schemes to extend best education and medical facilities, besides offering sustainable employment opportunities, to the tribal youth.
"We have also finalised a plan to build transit accommodation for migrant population and develop tribal villages as model villages, he said, adding the work on transit accommodation would start soon in tribal areas of Kandi, Thanamandi in Rajouri, Behram Gala in Poonch and along the national highway in Udhampur and Ramban.
Plans are also there for similar facilities in Dubjan and Lal Ghulam in Shopian and along the national highway in Pulwama district of Kashmir, he said.
"I want to assure you that the UT administration is committed to protect your interests and whatever difficulties or obstacles may come, we will work to remove them from the way of your development and prosperity," he told the tribal communities.
Sinha said the certificates will connect the tribal population with the mainstream development.
It will play a huge role in the UT towards creating an equal society free from any social discrimination, he said.
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