Srinagar, Oct 13: Jammu and Kashmir’s business chambers on Tuesday asked the central government to return power projects of the state run by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) “illegally” and declare the state as a free economic zone.
He also said tourism is the backbone of the state’s economy and “special benefits” should be given to people associated with this industry.
Both chambers also asked the government not “harass honest tax payers” of the business community.
“We will never support tax evaders. But if honest tax payers are threatened or pestered we will not shy away from creating finical indiscipline and stop paying taxes. We know then how to reply,” Gupta warned.
Blaming communication gap between the two provinces (Jammu and Kashmir) as a reason for polarization in the state, Gupta said that the business chambers and civil society in both should meet regularly and debate on issues confronting the state and take up the matters with the government.
“This will help in bridging the trust deficit,” he said.
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