Srinagar, Oct 10: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday said that JK Governor SP Malik is playing a partisan role in the state and is implementing the agenda of RSS-BJP combine in letter and spirit by sidelining the significance of institutions and governing ethics.
Expressing concern over his current utterances, party’s chief spokesperson and MLA Budgam Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said that tenure of incumbent governor of Jammu and Kashmir is evocative of Sadiq Era during which the candidates were selected rather than being elected.
“The incumbent governor is belittling the status of his office by my way or the highway type of arrogant politics. In his recent rendezvous on a private TV channel, he had unambiguously hinted towards a particular person for the post of mayor of Srinagar.”
He said that the whole process of elections is a smokescreen and it seems that the selection has already been done by the governor’s office. “The governor should come clean on the issue and make public as to why were the gimmick of elections played, people fooled and democratic institutions demeaned,” he said
The chief spokesperson said the elections are already mired with controversies and it is for the first time that the election commission hasn’t made the names of candidates contesting elections public. “The people are unaware of the candidates contesting in their wards and shockingly they have no idea where the polling centers are,” he added.
Expressing concern over the clandestine approach used by the governor administration, he said “What was the need of changing vote timings in the second phase of ULB polls? It is evident that the administration is confused and may have played some mischief.”
Criticizing the fiddling of the governor administration with local institutions he said, “The way amendments are being done and local institutions fiddled with is a point of concern for all of us. The other day Waqaf board rules were amended by the governor administration which should have been left for the popular government to decide upon. It shows the antipathy of the governor for ethics.”
He asked the governor to see the writing on the wall and start a conciliatory process in the state rather than putting out politically loaded statements.
Adv Sharma holds pre-budget consultations with Kashmir business Inc
Srinagar, Dec 9: In a bid to facilitate industrial activity, businesses and trade by preparing more convenient budget for 2019-2020, Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today held a pre-budget consultation with the stake holders of Kashmir division.
Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary; Commissioner Sales Taxes, P K Bhat; Excise Commissioner Talat Parvez Rohella, Additional Commissioner, Sales Taxes, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Deputy commissioners of various units of Commercial Taxes and Excise departments and others were present during the consultations.
On the occasion, Advisor Sharma met with the various forums representing different sectors including Industrialists, hoteliers, manufacturers, traders and others and listened to their suggestions in order to come up with the more convenient budget.
Various suggestions were received from representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Kashmir Brick Manufacturers Association, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Association, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Owners Federation, Kashmir Economic Forum, Bread Manufacturers Association of Kashmir, Cold Storage Association and Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir.
Besides, the representatives from Education Sector, tourism, Agriculture, Horticulture, tour and travel operators, Industrial Estates Zakura, Industrial Association Rangreth and others also put forward their suggestions while requesting Advisor Sharma to incorporate them in the upcoming budget.
The representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association requested for formulation of budget for few power projects which will be owned by the state, saying, this will help in further adding to the financial stability of the state to a greater extent. They also called for inclusion of Petrol and Diesel under GST. The representatives urged the Advisor to relieve the handicrafts from the domain of GST.
These representatives also brought to the notice of Advisor that various promises with regards to the GST have been made to the people but are yet to be fulfilled adding to the increasing concern to the business fraternity. They also demanded that there should be proper awareness with regard to the process and issues under GST.
On the occasion, Advisor Sharma directed the concerned officials to setup the training centers in every district where the businessmen can get themselves acquainted with the knowhow of the GST. In these centers training will be given about all the basics of GST including how to file a return, he added.
The demand for constitution of the GST Advisory board in the State also came up during the discussion.
The representatives from the Private schools demanded that the government should identify the place in Kashmir which can be later developed as the education hub. Around 2000 crore rupees is spent by the Kashmiri students to study in various parts of the world outside Kashmir, the representative said.
The issue of not implementing of Amnesty Schemes for industrialists and hoteliers including waiving off of interest, penalties and charging of power tariff at par with industrial rates for industrialists and hoteliers announced in the State Budget 2018-19 was also discussed by various representatives.
Transporters said that the transport sector is in very bad shape and demanded special focus on its betterment.
While calling tourism one of the huge employment generating sectors, the representatives from tourism sector demanded establishment of an agency to look into the wrong and negative perception given through media about Kashmir.
Advisor Sharma gave a patient hearing to the suggestions by various stake holders and assured the delegations that their submissions will be given a thorough deliberation for inclusion in the State Budget to achieve better results on ground.
Candle light protests held on Joint Hurriyat call
Srinagar, Dec 9: In view of the ongoing Human Rights Week, the Hurriyat Conference (M) and Awami Action Committee (AAC) activists on call of Joint Hurriyat Leadership continued to hold candlelight protests for the straight seventh Day.
On Sunday evening protest was held at Nowshera, Malbagh areas of Srinagar in which a number of people also participated.
The protestors raised the slogans demanding stop of Human Rights Violations on people of Kashmir. Today’s protest by APHC and ACC workers, activists marked the seventh day of ongoing protests held in length and breadth of Kashmir valley to aware the world community about the gross human rights violations unleashed on the people of Kashmir.
Not all vehicles running in Kashmir carry High Security Registration Plates
Srinagar, Dec 9: Even as having a High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) has been mandatory, the vehicles have been running on the streets in the valley without them.
In 2012, the government introduced HSRP, aiming to curb theft of vehicles and their subsequent hazardous use.
The last year, having a HSRP was made mandatory for all the vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bashir Ahmad, a middle-aged man, doesn’t have one on his car.
He said: “This may not be a problem for the new buyers, as all new vehicles come with pre-fitted HSRPs. If the authorities are so concerned, why don’t they take some serious measures to ensure compliance to the rule?”
Wasim Khan, a student at Kashmir University, was recently fined by police for not having a HSRP.
“The next day, I managed to find the facility where HSRPs are available. But it was quite crowded. I was told that it would take three hours to get the plate installed. I then had to take a day off from work and get it done,” he rued.
Every HSRP has a chromium-based hologram hot-stamped on its top-left corner. A vehicle is supposed to have one each of these plates at the front and back.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways recently, in a draft notification, announced its intention to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.
“Come January 1, 2019, HSRP will be made mandatory for vehicle manufacturers and their dealers who will have to place a mark of registration on number plates and affix them on the vehicles,” the draft said.
Transport Commissioner, SP Vaid said, “No new vehicle is allowed without a HSRP plate. On old number plates, our enforcement agencies are on the job. Wherever they notice a violation, they do the needful.”