The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Wednesday claimed that volatile situations were being created in Kashmir since 2014 floods to "suppress the economic growth of the state".
In a statement, issued here, the KCCI said that "ever since 2014 floods, situations are being created on one pretext or the other to disrupt the peace, particularly in the Valley, which result in the death, maiming and blinding of a large number of people of all age groups."
The chamber said that "uncalled for political statements and ill-timed decisions taken by the government at the highest level and other constitutional bodies compound the already complex situation obtaining in the State."
"The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry considers it its bounden duty to warn the powers that be that the above referred acts of omission and commission are continuously crippling the economic sectors of the Valley such Tourism, Handicrafts, transport, general trade, horticulture and not to speak of education and health sectors," said the statement.
"KCC&I believes it is being done under a premeditated plan to suppress the economic growth of the State as a whole."
The Chamber also condemned the recent killing of innocent youth and expressed its solidarity with the bereaved families during a special meeting held under the chairmanship of its president Mushtaq Ahmad Wani.
"We urge the government to act in a manner that safety and security of human life is ensured besides taking measures to help bring peace and stability in the Valley thereby leading to normal socio-economic activity."