An Urgent Press Conference at the Chamber House today to announce the further course of action in wake of the unrest in Kashmir valley created by Anti National Elements and no response for intra region dialogue from anyone from Kashmir.
The President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rakesh Gupta said that Jammu Province shall observe a voluntary one day Bandh on Saturday, 20 August “ IN SUPPORT OF PEACE & COMMUNAL HARMONY & AGAINST ANTI NATIONALS & TRAITORS”. The President has appealed to all Traders , Industrialists , Transporters , Hoteliers and the public in general in all districts in Jammu Province to support the bandh in a peacefull manner and to stand up against the evil designs of the Anti Nationals and support the Nationalist forces so that normalcy could be restored in the State of Jammu & Kashmir at the earliest. The Chamber has also appealed to all the educational institutions to keep their institutions closed to avoid any inconvenience to the students.
The Chamber expressed serious concern that the law of the land was being made a mockery off everyday where in Social Media, Print and Electronic Media was being misused to misguide and provoke religious sentiments against the Indian State.
The Chamber has also questioned as to how the Religious places were being permitted to make announcements other than religious activity and rather being used to make announcements to wage war against the Indian State.
The Chamber questions the Law Enforcing agencies in the state for the silence and demands immediate action against the culprits failing with the Chamber shall have no option but to file a PIL in the Hon’ble Court for justice.
The Chamber also expresses and questions the government for no action against their employees for their unauthorized absence from duties. The Chamber is seriously concerned that how can the employess be paid salaries without work in a state where the salary bill is more than 3000 crores per month and it’s a common man’s money that is being misused.
The Chamber also demands that in wake of the present law and order situation the Darbar Move should be moved back to Jammu as its 40 days that no work is being done and neither the public in general can reach the secretariat .
The Chamber has appealed to the Hon’ble Chief Minister to direct all the Ministers to have their camp offices in jammu till the decision to move darbar to Jammu is done so that the common man could approach and meet them for their grievances.
The Chamber has also it’s solidarity with the nationalist forces and the law enforcing forces and thanked them for their sacrifices to protect the Indian state.
The Chamber has strogly condemned the beating of Drivers and attack on transport services carrying essentials services, pilgrims and tourists in the Kashmir Valley.
The Chamber also questions the State and the Union Government that who shall compensate the business losses of the traders, Industrialists, Transporters and the tourism sector in Jammu province.
The Chamber urges to the Finance Minister to extend the date for filing of VAT Returns and Vat Taxes for the first quarter for atleast 3 more months.
The Chamber shall also call upon the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaitley on Aug 21 and convey to him the ground situation in our state where the economy has been shattered and business and industry are on the verge of collapse hence there should be no pressure tactics on the business houses for the IDS as we are already paying taxes honestly.
The Chamber also refutes the claims made by the concerned authorities that the Amarnath Yatra was concluded incident free. The Chamber expresses its deep anguish that the Amarnath Yatra was targeted on religious basis and also the blast at poonch to target the Budha Amarnath Yatra.
The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the Press Conference include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.