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GST has special significance for States: Jitendra Singh

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Nainital: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said the GST promises to provide a level-playing field to all the States of the Indian Union.

This equitable fair deal, according to Dr. Singh, has been worked out to such an extent that several of the developed and manufacturing States will be contributing to the economy of the lesser developed or predominantly consumer States.

Dr. Singh said that GST has a special significance for Jammu & Kashmir and the eight States of the North-East Region. The same also applies to States like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, he said.

The Minister was briefing the media in Nainital on Sunday. During the process of GST rollout, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he realized that there were certain local products in Northeast which had apparently become taxable after GST implementation, though these were tax-free before GST rollout. However, he said, it was explained to the local household traders that earlier the price of these products also included certain embedded taxes on raw material, etc. which were not visible, but now the only difference was that GST was a visible tax, although the final cost of the product would almost be the same. A single decision of GST implementation has made a huge long-lasting impact of value addition to the self-esteem and participation of these States in the economic and social growth of India as a whole. He gave full credit to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley for working out an amicable formula wherein the manufacturing States would be compensated from the Central share of funds and thus, would not have the chance to hold any grudge against non-manufacturing States being brought at par with them.

Dr Singh said that GST is important in the global world of today, no single country or State can hope to operate in isolation and yet progress economically.

Morale of people in the border area is very high: Dr Jitendra Singh

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Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing a public function at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on 2 October 2016.
Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing a public function at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on 2 October 2016.

Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir): Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that, despite the current tension prevailing along the border, the morale of the people living in border areas is very high and even though the administration is making arrangements for their shifting to safer places, the residents of border villages say that they are ready to face any eventuality as long as it helps teach a lesson to the enemy.

The Minister was addressing a public function in the border district of Kathua. He invoked the spirit of Bapu on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and observed “non-violence is not a virtue of the meek or week”, and added “non-violence does not imply succumbing to violence.”

Paying rich tributes to military and para-military personnel who lost their precious lives during the recent turmoil in Kashmir, Singh said, we can never repay for their sacrifice and the nation will remain eternally indebted to its martyred Jawans.

Singh said that Gandhi Jayanti assumes special significance in the present context as on this day, the entire nation is rededicating itself to “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” (cleanliness campaign) on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that it is the sincerity of purpose, honesty and commitment of Modi that every section of society in every nook and corner of the country, is today inspired to join the cleanliness drive.

Citing his personal example, Singh said that when the Prime Minister gave a call for building toilets for women in his very first address to nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15 August 2014, he was himself so inspired that he decided to take up a project to build 1200 toilets for villages along the International Border of Kathua district and it is a matter of satisfaction that over 100 such toilets already have been made.

Earlier, Singh inaugurated a Vigyan Mela (sciene fair) and Science Exhibition put up by school children. He went around the stalls of different streams of science. Congratulating the students for their aptitude for experimentation and innovation, he said, he will, in the times to come, not only provide more of scientific equipment for the schools, but would also arrange for students to travel to other parts of the country and visit certain prominent laboratories and Space Centres for further exposure.

On this occasion, Singh donated computers with tables and other equipment for schools in the region. He also announced that a tourist spot will be developed in the Mandi area out of funds from MPLAD and other sources. In addition, he announced the setting up of solar lights in the surrounding rural areas. In response to a popular demand he also offered to set up an upgraded Dental Section for medical management from his funds and resources.

Land acquired for first Biotech Park in J&K

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biotech parkJammu: About ten acre of land has been acquired for bringing up the first- ever Biotechnology park in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. This land was acquired by Science & Technology Department at Gaati SIDCO Phase-III Industrial Complex in Kathua district (about 10 km from Kathua town on the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway). The work on the project will start in the next few weeks.

A proposal for a Biotech park in Srinagar had also been moved simultaneously by the Centre but that project has got delayed because of certain issues related to land acquisition. The Biotech park in Kathua will be brought up at a total cost of about Rs.80 crore. The work on the project will be carried out in three phases and the first phase will be completed in next 3 to 4 years.

Following the acquisition of land for the Biotech park in Jammu region, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said Indian biotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas and is expected to play a vital role in shaping the overall economy of the country during the next two decades. The Industrial Biotech park in Jammu, Singh said, will promote research based entrepreneurship and development of biotech industry. Outlining some of the salient activities envisaged in the proposed Biotech park in Kathua, the Minister said, for research purposes there will be a Biotech Information Centre as well as pilot scale units for micro propagation and medicinal plants extraction. In addition, there will also be a training cell and a business support facility cell.