17th August 2016
An urgent meeting was convened today at Chamber house under the Presidentship of. Rakesh Gupta President CCI where in Presidents and Secretaries of all major trade bazaar, Industrial, Tourism and Transport Associations were present to discuss the grave situation in Kashmir Valley for the last so many days resulting into law and order problem and tarnishing the face of J&K & loss of precious human lives
At the outset the deaths of the civilians and the security personals were condoled and the anti nationals were blamed for the loss of human lives. The Chamber President Rakesh Gupta explained to the heads of various associations from Trade, Industry, Tourism and Transport that the current situation in Kashmir has pushed our state backward by decades. He also said that many prominent people from the civil society in Kashmir have approached us to intervene and break the deadlock and help the situation in Kashmir back to normalcy as they cant speak or do anything but to sit as prisoners in their homes for more than one month now because of the fear and threat of GUNS of the anti nationals .
After consulting all business, Industry and Transport representatives it was unanimously decided to give a deadline to the people of Kashmir for intra-region discussions with the people of Jammu and Ladakh as they do not support the way of protests chosen by them which was leading the people towards the path of self destruction and not self determination.
The President Rakesh Gupta announced and conveyed to the people in Kashmir though Media that if by Friday , August 19, 1 pm the Jammu Chamber does not get a positive message from representatives of Kashmir Civil Society for intra region dialogue followed by a joint delegation of representatives from three regions of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh to call on Hon’ble CM Smt. Mehbooba Mufti with a charter of demands if any for consideration and necessary action as the Chamber reposes full faith in our democratically elected CM, the Jammu Chamber shall be left with no option but to call for a Jammu Bandh on Saturday Aug 20 in support of Peace , in support of Communal Harmony and against the agenda of the anti national elements in the state of JK.
The President Chamber further warned those who were trying to radicalize the youths and appealed for total communal harmony throughout the state of Jammu & Kashmir. He further warned those political parties who are trying to add fuel to the fire rather than acting responsibly to contain the situation. The President felt proud in saying that all those Kashmiri families have temporarily shifted to Jammu in wake of the worse situation in Kashmir because they feel that Jammu is the safest for people from all religions to live.
The prominent present in the meeting include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President CCI, SH. Arun Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer CCI. The Presidents and Secretaries of all Bazars, Trades, Industrial, Tourism and Transport Associations were also present in the meeting.