A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad had an interaction with Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisor to the Lt Governor, Jammu and Kashmir and Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir here.
According to KCCI statement, the members contributed onelakh masks to government so as to support it fight COVID-19.
Advisor Baseer A Khan said that though the governmentpossessed ample resources but the gesture of KCCI was appreciable.
He underlined the importance of the KCCI in making thebusiness community aware about the serious threat posed by the pandemic and totake all precautions for breaking the chain.
Sheikh Ashiq said the plight of thousands of citizens ofJammu and Kashmir, especially students, labourers and members of the businesscommunity who had been stranded in various parts of the country due to thelockdown was a matter of deep concern.
The statement said the advisor stated that the governmentwas actively monitoring the situation and had set in motion a number ofmeasures for their safe and early return.
Sheikh Ashiq also raised the issue of physical assault onthe labourers in Barot Village of Himachal Pradesh and urged for action in thematter and also compensation to the injured who had been left physically unfitto earn a livelihood for the time being.
The KCCI members highlighted the problems faced by varioussectors during the current disruption.
"Government has been urged to accord specialconsideration to Jammu and Kashmir while formulating policy measures aimed torevive the devastated economy."
The President also raised the issue of water crisis faced bylakhs of residents of Srinagar on account of delay in repairing the MalshaiBaghCanal by the Irrigation & Flood Control Department.
The Advisor stated that he had taken up the issue had notedthe delay in completion of the works. He stated that the project was estimatedto cost around Rs 90 crores and there might have been procedural delays.
He requested the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to lookinto the delay.
Sheikh Ashiq also highlighted the problems of labourers,artisans and weavers and suggested measures for their registration for availingvarious supporting measures initiated by the Government.
He stated that those artisans registered with the J&KGovernment should be eligible to avail all benefits recently announced by theUnion Finance Minister.
Members of the KCC&I stated that in the supply ofessential commodities, only 23 stores had been designated for home deliverywith only one delivery boy allowed per store.
"It was brought to the notice of the Advisor that thiswas too little a number to cater to the huge volumes required to be supplied.The stores had also not be provided any protective gear which could pose athreat in the prevailing situation. They urged that a maximum number of grocerystores needed to be opened up as was being done in other parts of the Country.There was also a problem of stockpiling of existing stocks which could getdamaged if not moved in time. The Advisor stated that given the nature ofCOVID-19, extra precautions were being taken. The Divisional Commissionerstated that the number of designated stores would be soon raised to ahundred."
The statement said members raised the issue oftransportation of apples stored in various CA Stores to various Fruit Markets."The Advisor was informed that around 75,000 MTS of apples was waiting tobe transported and a dedicated corridor was urgently needed. The timings of theAzadput Fruit Mandi which was the main market for the produce were alsorequired to be extended to more practical hours. The closure of local Cardboardand Plywood units and it's impact on the local horticulture industry was alsodiscussed. A appropriate revisit of demand charges payable to the PowerDevelopment Department, rent charges of SIDCO/SICOP was also urged."
Representatives of the Houseboats Association raised theproblems faced in repairing of the houseboats and renewal of registrations. TheAdvisor was urged that the Houseboat Owners, ShikaraWalas, Tourist Taxioperators and other tourism allied sectors should be given priority whileextending supporting measures. The representatives also urges for functionalBio Digestors/Common Sewage Treatment Plants in Dal and Nageen Lake.
Members also drew the attention of the Advisor towards thedamages to the embankments of the river Jhelum and also the need to regulatethe levels of the Dal and Nageen Lakes by making functional all Lock Gates.