Kashmir traders meet LG: Govt considering modalities for restoring internet
Jammu, Jan 2: The
government Thursday said it was “aware” of the difficulties faced by traders
and general public due to the ongoing internet blockade and was considering all
modalities to restore the service.
is the first such admission by the authorities of the troubles persistent
internet blockade has brought on the people of Kashmir.
The issue was
discussed by a Joint Trade Delegation from Kashmir which Thursday called on the
Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu here at the Raj Bhavan and apprised
him about their concerning issues.
Sharma and Farooq Khan – Advisors to Lieutenant Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam,
Chief Secretary and Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance were
present on the occasion.
The members of
the delegation raised several issues and demands related to the trade
fraternity of Kashmir region. They highlighted the demand for the restoration
of internet and said that the move is required for the economic growth of the
region, besides it will assist the trade fraternity of Kashmir in timely filing
of GST returns, updation of records, licenses and permits etc.
The Lt Governor
interacted with the members of the delegation and assured them that the
restoration of internet service will be done in a phased manner. He said that
the steps like restoration of internet in Hospitals and SMS service were
already being taken in this regard. He observed that the government is aware of
the difficulties faced by the trade community as well as the general public due
to the internet ban and is actively considering the modalities to restore the
also projected demands related to reduction of one time token tax on vehicles ,
freight transport subsidy for raw material, designated parking slots,
rehabilitation of House Boat owners, Industry status to Hotels and Restaurant
units, establishment of custom office facilities in Srinagar and minimum two
direct flights per week for the pilgrims going to Umrah. They also put forth
the issue of high air-fares charged by the Airlines especially during the
closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and grant of status of National
Highway to Mughal Road for better and enhanced connectivity.
and Horticulture losses, the Lt Governor observed that the government has
already assessed the losses suffered by the farmers due to heavy snowfall and
untimely rains and will soon initiate the necessary measures in this regard.
The Lt Governor
also assured the delegation that all the genuine issues raised by them would be
looked into meticulously by the Government and redressed at the earliest.
The joint delegation
was comprised of representatives from several trade associations of Kashmir
including Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries , Hotel & Restaurant
Owners Federation, J&K Association of Haj & Umrah Companies, J&K
Tourism Alliance, Kashmir Automobile Dealers Association, Kashmir Economic
Alliance, Federation of Chamber of Industries Kashmir, House Boat Owners
Association, Private Schools Association, Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association,
Information and Technology Association and other kindred associations