STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The General Category People’s Forum Jammu (GCPFJ) discussed various problems being faced by general category people of the State. In this connection, a meeting was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Raj Kumar Banathia, Chairman of the Forum. Prof Yash Paul Sanson, President of the Forum alleged that both previous and present Governments deliberately deprived the majority of their fundamental rights of equality and equal opportunities through political, social and economic reservations. He added that present Government, like all other previous Governments, has been neglecting and marginalising majority and functioning on basis, prejudicial, communal and casteist lines just for political gain, thereby harming national unity and integrating. Stressing for total abolition of reservations, he demanded that poor castes be provided economic support through Special Support Measures (SSM) for their socio-economic betterment. V K Sharma, Vice President urged for ending Legislative Council to save unwanted and unproductive use of public money, which can be used for the welfare of ‘poor castes’. Dr Bansi Lal, an activist of the Forum, demanded enhancement of medical allowance of employees and pensioners at par with MLAs and MLCs. He demanded that all pensioners, being senior citizens, should be exempted from Income-Tax, as their pension is an allowance and not a salary. He condemned unwanted delay in the settlement of pensioner’s pension review cases by the AG Office. He appealed to the Governor’s administration to take note of the same and issue instructions for settlement of pending cases within fixed time period. Deepak Khajuria, Secretary and Bhushan Pargal, Vice-President pleaded for 50 per cent rebate in bills of power supply and water supply. They said that Government should ensure all basic amenities like power, water supply, healthcare at the cheapest rate and grant reasonable stipend to educated employed.
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