Biz community calls on CM, reiterates demands

SRINAGAR: The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Wednesday assured the business and industrial community of help from the government in resolving the problems created by the September floods.
During an interaction with various delegations affiliated to business and industrial fraternity here, he said “the Valley’s business sector was deeply impacted when Jhelum violated its embankments last year, causing widespread devastation”.
Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Gardens and Parks, Syed Altaf Bukhari, was also present on the occasion, while the delegations included that of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Kashmir Economic Alliance, and Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir.
Sayeed said his government has “initiated various steps to provide succor to the business community”.
Sayeed said he prominently raised the issue of compensation for victims of 2014 disaster in his first meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Besides providing “seed money” to the uninsured smalltime traders, he said the government is examining several other proposals “to handhold” the business and industrial segments in the state.
The delegations, which represented traders from all the districts of the Valley including Srinagar, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore, presented their memoranda to the CM.
Their demands included revival package for business sector, announcement of a new industrial policy and package of incentives, improvement of inter-district and intra-district road connectivity, repair of damaged bridges, and upgrading of health infrastructure.
Sayeed assured the delegations that he would look into their “genuine demands” and hold meetings to resolve their issues on priority.