Doors open for common citizens, no space for trouble mongers: LG Manoj Sinha


Jammu, Mar 03: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that his doors remained open for common citizens to address their genuine grievances but there is no space for trouble mongers, who are spreading misinformation about property tax.

“The doors of Raj Bhawan are 24X7 open for common citizen of Jammu and Kashmir, be it farmers, traders, scientist, cops or youth, if they have any valid grievance administration is there to listen it round the clock,” the LG said, as per news agency— Kashmir News Observer (KNO), addressing the passing out parade of police at Kathua, adding, “However, some influential try to manipulate common citizens by spreading misinformation on property tax to save their own wealth, which administration would not be tolerate at any cost.”

The LG further said that by misusing positions and law, some people make huge wealth for their next generations and friends but their time has gone.

“The administration of Jammu and Kashmir will work for the welfare of 1.30 crore people and not 1000-2000 ‘special’ citizens,” the governor said.

The Lt Governor was speaking at the attestation-cum-passing out parade of recruit constables of 29th Basic Recruitment Training Course (BRTC) at S Prithinandan Singh Police Training School here.

Earlier, the LG maintained that the proposed property tax in Jammu and Kashmir is lowest in the country.

“The total households in municipal areas of Jammu and Kashmir is around 5 lakh 20 thousand out of which 2 lakh six thousand household are exempted from all taxes as it is below 1000 Sq Ft, another 2 lakh three thousand household are between 1000 to 1500 Sq ft and its maximum tax in Jammu and Srinagar cities is not above Rs 1000”.

He further added that when it comes to commercial complexes and shops, Jammu has 1 lakh 1000 buildings and 46000 is below 100 Sq ft, which invites just Rs 600 tax in a year.

He maintained that around 40 percent of households in municipalities are exempted from any tax while the remaining 40 have to pay very nominal tax.

The Government said that how the system works if owners take lakhs of rent for commercial property and not give 5000 to corporation.

On land eviction drive, the LG ensured that no poor will be affected during the anti-encroachment drive, adding, “All the land taken away from encroachers will be utilized for development and creating facilities for the citizens.

The LG also lauded the role of Jammu and Kashmir Police in its fight against terrorism and highlighted the need to neutralise the ecosystem providing ‘ideological and financial’ support to terrorists in the Union Territory.

“I am confident that you will discharge your responsibility towards the nation with utmost sensitivity, commitment and dedication,” added the Lt Governor.

“The integrity, dedication and professionalism of J&K Police are pivotal in the fight against terrorism, ” he said, and stressed upon the future-ready policing strategies to tackle the new forms of internal security challenges.

“These are challenging times for our police forces as the world today is facing conventional & non-conventional threats. We need to be vigilant & determined to neutralise the ecosystem providing ideological and financial support to terrorists,” the Lt Governor said.

“We believe in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and peaceful coexistence. There is no place for subversive elements in a civilized society,” observed the Lt Governor. Narco-Terrorism has become one of the biggest threats to society.

J&K UT is on the march and is being transformed. It is our sacred duty to provide a safe, secure and right environment to fulfill the aspirations of the common man, he said.

Noting that the top positions in the batch have been secured by women constables, the Lt Governor said that these achievements show that our women are no less than anyone. The Lt Governor further asked the DGP, Dilbag Singh to consider increasing the quota of reservation for women in the police force.

An oath was administered to the passing out cadets for performing their duties with dedication and honesty.

The Lt Governor took the Rashtriya Salute and witnessed the spectacular parade and martial art demonstration. He also felicitated the cadets who excelled during their training course.

R/Ct. Sunali Bhagat emerged as the best all-rounder. Recruit Constables Sarleen Kour, Sapna Saini, Heena Choudhary and Nitika Rajput were also felicitated by the Lt Governor for their excellent performances.

A total of 480 new recruits, including 49 women recruit Constables have completed their rigorous training today at the PTS Kathua. Out of 480, as many as 330 constables have already served as SPOs, 32 as followers, and 85 have been appointed under SRO—(KNO)

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