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KCCI hails Asiea Naqash for opposing transferring of industrial land to security forces






Srinagar, Jun 14: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hailed Minister of State for Industries and Commerce Asiea Naqash for opposing transfer of erstwhile HMT industrial land at Zainakote to security forces.
A spokesperson of KCCI in a statement has hailed the “pro-industry” stand taken by the Naqash regarding the transfer of erstwhile HMT industrial land at Zainakote to the security forces.
“The statement of Asiea Naqash has confirmed the stand taken by the KCCI. It has also exposed the designs of vested interests in the industries and commerce department bent upon choking the limited resources available for development of industries in Kashmir. Kashmiri business community is becoming a target of regional and institutional bias and discrimination,” the statement.
Out of 527 kanal estate of erstwhile HMT factory, state government has allotted 246 kanals to J&K police for building a housing colony and 80 kanals to paramilitary SSB. The factory was closed in 90s after the onset of militancy.
Naqash last week told The Kashmir Monitor that the land was meant for unemployed youth to set up the industrial units.
“There is no industrial land available in Srinagar. I am not in favour of transferring industrial land to JK police for construction of the housing colony,” she said.
“I don’t know who issued the orders for transferring of 246 kanals of land to police,” she said.
The KCCI claimed that members of the Cabinet were “misled” by the Industries and Commerce Department through “resorting to suppression/twisting of facts”.
Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Shailendra Kumar had said the construction of a police colony at erstwhile HMT land is “a cabinet decision which has been implemented”.
“The KCCI seeks the intervention of all the members of the Cabinet to ascertain the facts of the issue and review any decision, which seeks to snatch scarce property reserved for industrial development for any other use,” the statement said.
It has appealed representatives in the Legislative Assembly to take note of the “objectionable conduct of mischievous elements in the administration and take necessary action in this regard”.
“This act also calls for a review of decision of the Government relating to posting of officers to positions of responsibility. Officers in the State Government, who understand, appreciate and recognize the need to implement the Industrial Policy of the state alone need to be posted in the Industries and Commerce Department so that derailment of Industrial Policy is prevented. Need of the hour is to post officers who are unbiased and do not suffer phobia of regionalism carrying sectarian undertones,” it said.
The statement said that KCCI has received complaints regarding the problems confronting the public especially the members of the business community regarding the functioning of various government departments especially the J&K State Pollution Control Board.
It said that similar complaints were coming from the hotel industry too, where establishments are dependent on the consent from the Board for their registrations/licences with various departments like Tourism, Estates etc. “Cases are delayed on flimsy pretexts and applicants threatened with conduct of complicated tests and inspections unless they do as desired. There are disturbing reports which require to be looked into.”
“The issue having been discussed in the Executive Committee of the KCCI, it was decided that a fact finding team from the Kashmir Chamber would ascertain the situation on ground and also seek details from the public in this regard through a public notice.”
The KCCI has also submitted a memorandum, which reads, “The state government has not only regularised the forcible occupation but gone on e step ahead further by presiding over the butchering of any entrepreneurial hopes the local business community and unemployed youth might have harboured. The local entrepreneurs shall now have to set up vibrant business enterprises at places not suitable for housing colonies and security camps. The state government has stabbed the local industry in the back.”
As per a government order, J&K’s Industries and Commerce Department has allocated 246 kanal of land to Police Department for construction of a housing colony in lieu of due payment.
Earlier in 2010, on the directions of then chief minister Omar Abdullah, the industries and commerce department had constituted a high-level committee comprising managing director SICOP, MD SIDCO and director industries Kashmir “to look into the land issue.”
The committee had recommended use of the factory land for industrial purposes, stating it would generate job opportunities for more than 1000 unemployed youth.



Stopping of trucks on Sgr-Jmu highway: Mutton, fruits, vegetables dealers suffer huge losses

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Apr 23: The mutton, vegetable and fruit dealers Tuesday claimed that they have suffered losses worth crores due to routine stopping of vehicles carrying these items by the traffic police on Srinagar- Jammu national highway.

The dealers said that trucks carrying livestock and other items are being stopped at various junctions on highway without any reason.

As per the dealers, the practice is prevalent from a long time, resulting in the escalation in the prices of essential commodities including mutton, vegetables and fruits.


General Secretary, All Kashmir Mutton Dealers Association (AKMDA), Kashmir, Mehraj-ud-din Ganie said that for the last three months, the truckers ferrying livestock to the valley are facing difficulties while travelling on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“For the last almost one week, 150-200 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur’s Jakhani area, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs 1 crore daily to the mutton industry, “he said.

Ganie added that “we have nothing to sell as our stocks are over.”

“We have taken advance from the customers, who require mutton for marriage purpose. We were not able to give consignments to them. If stock didn’t reach at an earliest, we won’t be able to provide consignments for next two days as well, “he said.

President, Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Companies Association (JKGTCA), Mohammad Sidiq Ronga admitted that truckers are being stopped for no reason.

“Attempts are being made to shatter our economy. The traffic police are stopping our trucks everyday. Usually trucks carrying goods reach Kashmir from Delhi in 24 hours but now it takes three to four days,”he said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said that “landslides at Manki Morh have been causing disruption in the traffic movement.”

“Earlier, we allowed traffic to move towards Kashmir but it resulted in congestion .Once congestion is over, we would allow them to proceed, “he said.

Meanwhile, traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora are planning to go indefinite strike from Monday 29.

The Mandi comprises more than 300 shops and around 3000 people are directly associated with it for earning their livelihood.

President, New Kashmir fruit Association Parimpora Bashir Ahmad said that they have called an indefinite strike from Monday 29. “Every day our fruit and vegetables- laden vehicles are stopped unnecessarily in Udhampur by police. Fruits have short life and get destroyed due to stopping of our vehicles on highway. We understand that Losses are inflicted deliberately, the president claimed.

He said that though they raised the issue many times with the top authorities but no heed has been paid in this regard. “Now we have decided to shut our business till our problem won’t be resolved,”

He said that they are not satisfied with the assurances given by the government and therefore they have decided to go for strike.

He claimed that due to unnecessary stopping of vehicles, the traders at fruit mandi are losing crores every month. “Deliberately our trucks are being stopped in the Udhampur region. We have seen that when a truck offers money to the police, only then they allow them to move towards Kashmir,” Bashir Ahmad claimed.

He further alleged that even on Sunday when traffic was not allowed on highway, they received several vegetable and fruit- laden trucks from Jammu, and “they told us that they paid money to the police who later allowed them to move”.

Sources said that supply of vegetables and fruits could be hit, triggering a price rise, if the strike begins and continues.

The supply of vegetables, fruits such as onions, Potato, Mangoes, oranges, Grapes, chillies, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes is largely dependent on this mandi.

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ECI’s assurances over fool-proof security have fallen flat: Mir




Srinagar April 23: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency, G A Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit with great enthusiasm.

In a statement issued Mir also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.

Mir has expressed gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag, saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free, which was matter of enormous pleasure for Congress party.


Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag. The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir, he said.

Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident free elections, he added.

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Geelani’s son questioned by NIA in funding case

Press Trust of India



New Delhi, Apr 23: Nayeem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.

Nayeem Geelani, who had been evading questioning by the NIA for long, appeared on Monday and a detailed questioning took place on Tuesday.

Geelani’s questioning comes days after the NIA quizzed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in connection with the same case. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.


The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

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