A delegation of Salamabad Cross LoC Traders Union led by its President, Hilal Turki, called on Governor N.N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
The delegation appealed for the Governor’s help in the implementation of certain long pending steps to streamline the cross LoC trade: exemption of taxes for exporting goods under the new GST regime; constitution of a special cell comprising State and Central agencies to monitor trade and traders; verification of traders on yearly basis; conversion of currency at the rate prevailing in the international currency markets on quarterly basis; provision of container based vehicles to traders for exporting goods; provision of a banking system to facilitate trade; construction of an international standard ware house; accountability and balancing of accounts of the cross LoC traders; curbing the menace of proxy trading; security concern of traders in case of finding contraband items in their consignments from the other side; increase in the number of trucks per day; provision of ISD facilities or other means of communication to the traders; installation of full body scanners at TFC Salamabad Uri and CCTV at the TFC and the Kaman Post.
The Governor observed that he would take up their demands with the Union Government and the Chief Minister.
Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University also called on Governor and briefed him about the current status of important matters relating to academic, administrative and infrastructural development arenas and the initiatives presently underway.
Governor discussed with Prof. Jain the importance of systematic efforts being continued to attract the best persons to fill Faculty positions and, side by side, ensuring that there was no gap whatsoever in the quality of teaching and maintaining sharp focus on implementation of relevant research projects.
Governor advised Prof. Jain to ensure admission of high performers in the various courses and, side by side, speed up work on the establishment of adequate hostel and sports infrastructure and provide opportunities for extra-curricular activities.
Prof Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jammu also briefed Governor about the current status of infrastructure development of the University Campus at Bagla village, Raya Suchani, the status of the ongoing teaching programmes; major and minor Research Projects; resource mobilization from external agencies of more than Rs 23 crore for research and academic activities (2015-17); signing International MoUs (03) and National MoUs (16) for establishing collaborative linkages; starting of a Corporate Immersion and Leadership Development Programme to sensitize business professionals towards grass root level understanding of industry; empanelment of the University’s Business Incubation Centre for the implementation of the PM Yuva Yojna, 2017; that 80% of the sanctioned teaching faculty has been recruited and 78% non teaching positions have been filled.
The Governor advised VC to devote priority attention to ensure the very early establishment of the University Campus and sustained hard work by students and faculty for achieving high standards in teaching, research and extracurricular activities.
Prof. Mushtaq A. Siddiqi, Vice Chancellor Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora informed the Governor about the ongoing academic programmes and his plans to enhance the institution’s standing in the coming time.
Governor reiterated his concern that the educational interests of the entire student community must be vigorously promoted and safeguarded and, under no circumstances, should the future careers of the student community be allowed to get exploited or jeopardized in any manner.
Saleem Beg, State Convener of the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) also called on Governor and briefed him about various conservation and management initiatives being undertaken by the INTACH for preserving the cultural heritage of the State, particularly the promotion of the crafts heritage of the local communities.
Sana Dua, Miss India, First Runner Up, along with her parents also called on Governor N.N Vohra and First Lady Usha Vohra.
Dua, who hails from Jammu, shared her experience of participating in the Miss India- 2017 beauty pageant and her underway preparations for representing India in the next international pageant to be held at Ecuador.
Governor and the First Lady congratulated Dua for her enviable achievements and wished her high success in all her future endeavours.