Srinagar, Feb 28: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) president, Javed Ahmad Tenga on Wednesday termed the statement of State Industries Minister, Chander Parkesh Ganga to openly come in support of normalcy in the valley and oppose shut down calls given by Hurriyat as ‘unfortunate’.
In a statement, Tenga said that the Minister should understand that no trade body would like their constituent member to go on Hartal. “Whenever The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) as an organisation has asked its members or has been part of any protest or support to Hartals it has done only when the government has worked against the interest of Kashmiri people,” he said.
He said that “instead of telling the businessmen in Delhi to advocate a just settlement of Kashmir to the Indian government he has gone and spoken such words which are unacceptable to us as a trade body.”
“The Kashmir trade & Industry has suffered for decades particularly after 1990 for no fault of theirs as in non settlement of Kashmir is at in bottom of all our woes economically,” he said, adding that the Minister using a podium of an all India trade body clearly exposes the program of the present dispensation of trying to change the narrative through trade bodies of India who are slowly and slowly given space which is presently with the local trade bodies.
“Such designs will be fought tooth and nail by all of us,” Tenga said.
He said that the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) is very clear that no peace can come in this part of world without settlement of Kashmir. (KNS)