KCCI elections: United 21 holds interaction with civil society, biz leaders
The 'United 21' panel of contesting candidates for the executive committee of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a campaign interaction with 'prominent members' of the business community and the civil society here.
According to a statement issued by the convenor of the 'United 21', a large number of members of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry were present on the occasion. A detailed presentation was given about the objectives of the United 21 Panel.
The main thrust was on the unification of the business community and tapping the collective wisdom of business leaders, young and senior for addressing challenges, said the statement.
Eminent lawyer Zaffer A Shah, according to the statement, appreciated the efforts towards unification and questioned the members as to why there were so many different associations and organisations for such a small society. "Giving illustrations in this regard, he said that every four shopkeepers had a separate body with a president which was not in the overall interests of the community and defeated the very concept of associations," reads the statement.
Citing the example of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, Shah said he could proudly claim that Bar Association had fiercely resisted all attempts made to divide it into smaller groups. "Keeping in view the larger interests of our society we have to work together, with whatever differences we may have," Shah said. He asked the members present to forget about ranks and titles and work towards reaching out to the needy and voiceless people associated with trade and commerce. He lauded the support of the business community in responding to threats to the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir by various quarters.
Several prominent business leaders like Khazir Mohamed Dar, Mustaq Ahmad Chaya, Mohamed Yaseen Khan, Ghulam Rasool Siah, Showkat Chowdhary, among others also addressed the gathering and appreciated the coming together of a likeminded group with renowned persons from the business community willing to contest the elections. They said that our community had no dearth of challenges and it was our responsibility to unite under one banner for redressal of our common issues.