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Srinagar, March 14: A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Nasir Hamid Khan, Senior Vice President on Thursday called on K  Skandan, Advisor to Governor.

The spokesman said that Nasir Hamid Khan while deliberating upon the precarious state of our economy suggested measures for the protection of our industries. He stated that a big impediment in the growth of our business sector especially industries was the ad-hocism in the formulation of policies, improper implementation and their frequent chopping and changing.

The Advisor was apprised about the fact that the economy of Kashmir had to bear the impact of demontisation and GST implementation when it was already reeling under the effects of the 2014 Floods and 2016 turmoil. The financial capacity of people had been reduced to such an extent that it was getting difficult to even meet taxation obligations.

 

The simple transportation of apples to markets had turned into a nightmare due to the frequent closure of the Srinagar Jammu Highway. Whereas our neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh had procured thousands of crores from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for the development of the Horticulture Sector including Apples and Walnuts, we had not been able to properly develop this industry. The Advisor stated that proper linkage and marketing studies needed to be done for ensuring that the Kashmiri products are available at all major markets. In this regard, he suggested that the KCC&I being stakeholders should jointly work with the Horticulture Department so that effective policies and permanent solutions are developed.

The Vice President informed Hon’ble Advisor about the problems arising out of delays and difficult eligibility criteria’s for availing various schemes, especially under MSME. He said that the business community suffered due to faulty Master Plans which had failed to reflect the requirements of a developing economy. There was a need for relaxation in the eligibility criteria’s for Kashmir as a majority of stakeholders were not qualifying the stringent guidelines. The delay in the release of GST refunds to industries which had tied up substantial working capital was also discussed. The  Advisor assured that the Government would consider delinking these refunds from the mandatory DIPP inspections or ensuring timely refunds.

The crippling impact of GST on our handicraft sector was discussed. As GST had had a negative impact on most unorganized sectors, our Handicraft sector had also suffered huge losses on this account. There was a dire need for revival through proper promotion and marketing events in domestic and global markets.


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Come clean on alliance with Congress: Rasheed to NC

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Srinagar, March 25: AIP President Er Rasheed has asked NC to come clean on its alliance with Congress.

While addressing media person, Rasheed said that Lone’s claim speaks volumes about double standards NC has been following since 1947.

“So-called secular forces seem to be having just one agenda to grab power and play with the sentiments and emotions of Kashmiris. While Farooq Abdullah talks day and night of supporting congress but NC’s parliamentary candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone calls Congress more evil and harmful than BJP and both Congress and NC need to tell the truth about their agenda of exploitation and vote to grab politics. If Congress is eviler than BJP how can the party support Congress in Jammu, Poonch and Srinagar parliamentary seats,” Rasheed was quoted by the spokesman as saying.

 

“Lone’s statement, may turn right, and NC may tie up with BJP in near future,” Rasheed added.

Accusing Raja Aijaz Ali of exploiting the sentiments of Pahari community Rasheed said that just being a member of a particular community does not mean that any person has a right to mislead the deprived people of that community. “Going by Raja Aijaz’s logic he should not then even dare to seek support from other communities and ethnic groups,” Rasheed said.

Lashing out at PDP Rasheed said that Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to get power and can join hands with anyone and speak anything which she may never believe in.

He said that 2019 parliamentary election is a test check to the wisdom and political maturity of masses and if they want their sentiments and emotions to be represented in the parliament they have no option but to vote for AIP. Appealing masses to donate money for his election campaign, Rasheed asked people to judge his ten years tenure as MLA before deciding to vote for any particular party and ask their conscience who can represent them better in parliament.

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Geelani, Hurriyat (M) denounce arrest of separatist leaders

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Srinagar, March 25: Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (m) on Monday condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists, booking them under PSA and shifting them to outside jails, terming it as a sheer “political vendetta and totalitarian.”

In a statement, Geelani said, “The rhetoric of Delhi being the world’s largest democracy is mere hoax and deceit as its highhandedness has tarnished every fabric of democratic norm.”

Condemning the shifting of Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Hamid Fayaz to Kuthwa and crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF and other Hurriyat leaders and activists, Hurriyat chairman said that every political event brings a bad of worries and miseries for the helpless inmates of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (m) in a statement condemned the ban on JKLF and said raids being conducted on front activists and leaders across Kashmir in an open attempt to crush the peoples’ genuine right to dissent.

Hurriyat also strongly condemned the fresh assault on the Kashmiri engineering student in Bangalore stating that the way Kashmiri students studying in various parts of India are being intimidated, harassed and thrashed, it is forcing them to come back and leave their colleges which putting their future at stake. It said that the primary responsibility of the governments of these states where Kashmiri students are studying is to ensure the safety and security of all the Kashmiri students so that they are not forced to flee.

Hurriyat also denounced repeated CASO in Shopian villages and said that irrespective of their age including the youth are being harassed and intimidated and caused great inconvenience.

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Faesal starts public reach out in Kupwara

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Kupwara, March 25: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) under the leadership of Dr Shah Faesal launched it’s Public Reach-out’ campaign starting from the frontier district, Kupwara to understand the people’s grievances, demands and problems.

The spokesman said that in its first public reach-out, JKPM team visited various villages and held interactions with the delegations from Bumhama, Dodawan, Nag Sarai, Mudmadu, Thyan, Huayhama, Hayhama B, MerNag, Kupwara town, Doniwari, Wowura, Chepora, Chaiwan and Mudanpora.

A team comprising  Dr Shah Faisal, Chasfeda Shah, Shah Mubashir, Dr Mustafa, Perzada Feroze, Zameer Ahmad Shah, Iqbal Rather, Feroz Wani, Arshid Nazir Paray, Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Nazer Ahmad Khan and Dr Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was overwhelmed by the response from the people hoping that Faesal will work for the common people, find a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue and give them an alternative from the traditional “oppressive dynastic politics”.

 

The spokesman added that “Reach-out” campaign is primarily focusing on bringing social awareness which is viewed as the precursor for the political revolution that JKPM has envisioned. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Faesal JKPM will reach out to all the villages and remotest areas of the state to give them a say in determining their future, development and prosperity.

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