An urgent meeting was today held at Chamber House under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu in view of the statement issued by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayeed that appeared today in the local dailies stating and ruling out the sanction of AIIMS for Jammu and also the decision of shelving the project of artificial lake due to non feasibility. The Chamber expresses deep anguish and concern on these two decisions spoken out by the Chief Minister which have been made without any proper survey and application of mind. In the first instance the sanctioning of AIIMS for Jammu is a central subject and not a state subject, hence the Chief Minister should not have deliberated upon the said issue.
In the second instance regarding shelving of artificial lake project in Jammu stating the reason as non-feasibility. The Chamber expects the Chief Minister to come out with the facts and figures and the balance sheets of various projects of the government / corporations / J&K Government. The Chamber feels that all the major projects run by the government are already running into losses of thousands of crores including the fiscal position of the state government. The Chamber questions to the state government as to who did the survey earlier to check the feasibility of the Tawi Artificial Lake Project. The major funds for all the state government projects are mostly provided by Government of India . The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu feels that the state of J&K is one state and issuance of such statements by the head of the state will only lead to regional divide.
The Chamber also questions the BJP who are part and parcel of this collation government to come clean and transparent on both the issues of AIIMS and artificial lake. At the same time the Chamber appeals to the business community and also the Civil Society of Jammu and the people at large to be mentally prepared for a big agitation to get justice for Jammu region.