KCCI flays govt’s new weekly market closure roster

Urges Labour Department to keep SRO in abeyance

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 19 2017 12:03AM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2017 12:03AM
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Saying that business fraternity has not been taken on board while issuing the new holiday roster, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has reacted strongly to the Labour and Employment Department notification seeking the closure of shops and establishments on various days of the week.  

A statement issued by KCCI said, “Prima facie, the notification issued under SRO-472 appeared to be regressive, unwarranted and unfair for a variety of reasons.”

KCCI President, Javed Ahmad Tenga said since the business establishments were an impacted party to the SRO with their livelihood being at stake, it would have been in the interest of natural justice that their viewpoint was taken into account beforehand. 

“Secondly, as a matter of their right, any new law or any amendment to any existing law has to be initiated only after a notice about the proposal is put out in the public domain and the public is given appropriate time to respond and debate,” the statement said. 

According to KCCI, the diktat about closure of shops on different weekdays is itself a step which contradicts the stated focus of the government for ease of doing business and disregards the disturbed conditions prevalent in the Valley. “The Department cannot shut its eyes towards the number of days the shops and establishments of Srinagar are closed down due to the disturbed conditions,” Tenga said. “It is submitted that whereas progressive thinking states are considering proposals for 24 x 7 business operations, we are being pushed backwards.” 

The department has ordered closure of shops and establishments on the tourist circuit of Dalgate, Nishat, Harwan, Sonwar etc on Sundays - which is normally the peak day of business for these shops and establishments - is baffling, he said. It is also surprising that the Government has chosen to start this experiment from Kashmir province in winters just after the Durbar Move, he added. 

The KCCI said it is presently studying the SRO and would come out with a detailed response soon. “In the meantime, the State Government is urged to kindly keep the SRO in abeyance so that unnecessary interruptions are not forced on the business establishments without taking our viewpoint and the prevalent conditions of the valley into consideration,” he said.