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GCPF holds meeting to address concerns, demands
9/15/2023 9:49:06 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sept 15: The General Category People's Front, Jammu Kashmir (GCPF-JK), convened a meeting under the leadership of Raj Kumar Banathia, the chairman of the Front. During the meeting, Prof. Yash Paul Sanson, President of the Front, expressed concerns and made demands related to various issues affecting the people of the region. Some of the key points discussed in the meeting include: Prof. Sanson alleged that the administration under the Lieutenant Governor had imposed heavy taxes, fees, fines, tolls, and service charges, which had made it difficult for people to manage their daily expenses. He also criticized the administration for unprecedented inflation and rising prices of essential commodities, which he considered detrimental to the general masses. The GCPF-JK demanded the provision of 300 units of free electricity to every household in Jammu and Kashmir, similar to the arrangements in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Prof. Sanson called for exempting pensioners from income tax, emphasizing that pensions should not be considered income, as they are deferred wages. The Front proposed an increase in the medical allowance for employees and pensioners from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000 per month. GCPF-JK criticized the Union Government for imposing GST on food grains and essential commodities regularly used by the common people. They demanded the withdrawal of GST on food grains. Prof. Sanson condemned the continuation of reservation without any review and argued that reservation should be provided in accordance with the Mandal Commission report. He expressed the view that the social and political landscape of the country has changed significantly over the past 70 years, calling for equal rights and equal laws for all citizens. Som Nath Sharma, General Secretary of the Front, urged the Government of India to take steps to end casteism and promote principles of equality, justice, liberty, and dignity for all citizens. He emphasized the need to remove restrictions on the application of basic fundamental constitutional and democratic rights and called for the implementation of Supreme Court verdicts on reservations and the enactment of an equality act.
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