The President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Javed Ahmad Tenga called on the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha at Jammu and discussed important issues facing business community requiring his attention. A memorandum was also submitted to the Lt. Governor.
The issues listed in the memorandum and discussed with the LG included the matter of renewal of Tourism Registration Licenses of Hotels, Guest Houses, Restaurants, Houseboats. The prolonged delays, absence of Single Window system, non adherence to Ease of Doing Business norms, multiple NOCs caused tremendous difficulties to tourism stakeholders which needed to be addressed on priority basis, a press release of the KCCI on Saturday said.
The Lt. Governor’s attention was invited to the deteriorating hospitality sector infrastructure due to non-issue of permissions for repairs, renovation and reconstruction of hotels at Pahalgham, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Srinagar etc. The properties needed to be upgraded to bring them in sync with the amenities and facilities required during modern times.
The KCCI sought Lt. Governor’s intervention in the implementation of Industrial Policy in letter and spirit and addressing other Industry issues.
Tagging of 125 J&K BOSE affiliated private Schools with Government Schools across Jammu & Kashmir would affect at least 2300 employees, cause difficulties for thousands of students. The KCCI proposed 1 year extension to these schools to comply with the required compliances with special consideration by the government on lease and related issues.
Standardization of J&K BOSE Books in consonance with NEP-2020 would be affecting 200 Private Publishers, 1000 representatives of publishers, 3200 Book sellers and more than 10000 families. KCCI suggested that in view of a huge amount of capital both of the Bank and the traders was involved, a deferment of two years be considered to enable them to liquidate the same.
The KCCI impressed upon the Lt. Governor the urgent need of announcing an uncapped and longer period valid OTS Scheme by the Jammu & Kashmir Bank. It was brought to his notice that with a new OTS Scheme both the Banks and borrowers would benefit- Bank would recover its money whereas the borrowers accounts would get regularized. Such a gesture would send positive signals to the business community.
The KCCI pleaded announcement of amnesty to the Commercial Power Consumers on the analogy of the amnesty granted to the domestic consumers.
The Senior Vice President Ashaq Hussain Shangloo and Treasurer Zubair Mahajan were also present in the meeting.
The KCCI team later had a meeting with the Principal Secretary Agriculture Production, Shailendra Kumar and discussed the issue of withheld subsidies and other issues relating to his Department. He issued on spot orders to the concerned officials for addressing the issues raised by KCC&I Team, the press release said.
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