Hails member- Organisations for defying Pre-Budget discussions with FM
Srinagar, Dec 24: The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC) has conveyed its gratitude to all those member-organizations which followed its programme of boycotting their participation in the so-called pre-budget discussions with the Finance Minister.
JKCC wishes to put on record its appreciation and thankfulness to the overwhelming majority of business organizations that include Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), Federation of Chambers of Industries Kashmir (FCIK), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industries-Kashmir (CCIK), Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHARA),Kashmir Traders Federation (KTF), Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers and Dealers Union (KVGGDU), All Kashmir Chemists and Druggists Federation (AKCDF), Jammu Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCC), Pashmina Artisans Forum (PAF), Kashmir Sanitary and Paints Association (KSPA), Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Association (JKGTA), Jammu Kashmir Association of Haj and Umrah (JKASHUC), Jammu Kashmit Hotliers Club (JKHC), Houseboat Owners Association (HBOA), Tourist Taxi Operators Association (TTOA), Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK), Urban Travel Agents Association (UTAA), Association of Kashmir Tour Operators (AKTO), Shahre-Khas Traders and Manufacturers Coordination Committee and others.
All these organizations have reaffirmed their firm resolve to unitedly fight out all Government Policies and diktats that are considered detrimental to the growth and development of trade and commerce in the state. These boycotting organizations have also set a precedent to work for restoration of credibility, honour and dignity of their members who happen to be job providers and in no way a burden on the public exchequer.
A few organizations which chose to ignore the call of JKCC and helped the Finance Minister to complete his annual ritual of so called discussions, should know that their memoranda of charter of demands will meet the similar fate as these have been meeting all these years. The leaders of these organizations should seek introspection and accountability, if not from the populace or trading community but from their own consciences. They should also ascertain if this act of going against the unity and coalescence is expected to bring back the lost glory in trade and commerce that has reached to the point of collapse and extinction, responsibility of which mostly lies on the present Finance Minister. These organizations should understand and realize that the division in the ranks and files of business community in not only against the interests of common traders but also provide an opportunity to the government to work on a divide and rule policy.
JKCC has a belief that the damage caused to the economy could only be rectified at the level of some high level forum headed by the Chief Minister, if she shows some interest, before it is too late. JKCC stands firm on its resolve that the state economy can only be brought back on rails with a radical change in lopsided government policies which should necessarily include declaration of the state as Free Economic Zone and revocation of Presidential Order paving way for roll back of GST. (KNS)