KCCI delegation meets CM: Asks her to raise ambiguities pointed by Joint Hurriyat with Delhi
Srinagar, May 30: While appreciating state government for its initiative for talks, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Inc) Wednesday urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to raise the ambiguities pointed out by Joint Hurriyat leadership with Centre, saying, “it will be instrumental in peaceful final settlement of Kashmir issue.”
A KCCI delegation led by the President Javid Ahmad Tenga called on the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed various issues with her and sought her intervention in addressing those issues.
Among various issues, the delegation demanded Industrial Package on the pattern of North East, land transfer of Zainakote Industrial Estate, implementation of announcements made in the State Budget, return of Power Projects from NHPC among others.
KCCI also asked CM to take action against Major Gogoi after he was caught with local girl in a Srinagar hotel.
“There is potential of law and order problem if the necessary action is not taken to the accused with the sense of accountability which is the basic reason of problems getting out of hand,” they said.
They said that the government has played a proactive role in Kathua Case and similarly approach needs to be taken to solve Gogoi case also.
“Reports suggest that the public is being harassed by raids and subsequently exploited. All actors in the case need to be brought to book, howsoever high and mighty,” KCCI informed CM.
KCCI also draw the attention of the State Government towards the need for following up on important announcements made in the State Budget.
“In this regard, special mention is made of the announcement regarding applicable power tariff to Hotels which was to be put in effect from the 1st of April, 2018. The waiver of interest/penalty on power tariff was also announced. No requisite orders have so far been issued in this regard, which has caused confusion and anxiety amongst the stakeholders,” they said.
They also expressed shock over failure of the government to control the skyrocketing prices of petrol and diesel.
“In sixteen days there have been sixteen hikes. No heed seems to have been taken of the earlier request of the Kashmir Chamber to review the around 150 percent State and Central taxes/levies and duties on petroleum products. With the Central as well as the State Government taking no steps to reduce the taxes and duties on petroleum products it appears that the Government and Oil Corporations seem bent upon earning profits to the tune of lacs of crores from the public. Oil Corporations are showing an unprecedented jump in net profits. It is astounding that the Government instead of putting an end to this bizarre plunder appears to be its beneficiary,” they said.
According to KCCI, Chief Minister patiently discussed in detail with the members of the delegation various aspects of above raised issues and assured a positive intervention from the State Government.