SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the oldest and largest representative organisation of business community in Kashmir Valley, on Saturday elected Mushtaq Ahmad Wani as its new president.
He replaced Sheikh Ashiq who served two one-year terms as the president of KCCI.
Wani, and five office bearers, was elected by 21 executive members of KCCI on the association’s 81st Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The results were declared by Abdul Majid Matto, Chairperson of the three-member election Commission.
Gowhar Maqbool was elected senior vice president, Prof AR Khan junior vice president, Faiz Ahmad Bakhshi secretary general, Javid Ahmad Tenga junior secretary general, and Fayaz Ahmad Punjabi as the treasurer.
The executive members were elected on September 12, when the 1,000-member KCCI had held its elections.
At least 32 members had submitted nomination papers for their reelection, but 11 of them had to withdraw later on account of unascertained names.
Talking to Kashmir Reader on the sidelines of the AGM, Wani said his long-term goal would be economic growth and development of the people.
“Immediately, however, I would push the state government to announce the rehabilitation package for the flood victims,” he said.
“My first priority would be to get the rehabilitation amount from the JK government. I would pursue it until the government releases this amount. Besides, I would work for making Kashmir a sustainable economy,” he said.
In his address, the outgoing president said he, during his tenure, tried to work for the “larger good of the Kashmiri nation”.
“Now, as a member of KCCI, I would always be ready to work in any capacity,” he said. Ashiq, youngest president in the history of KCCI, was elected in 2013 and subsequently reelected in 2014.
He, however, could not file nominations this year, because KCCI constitution allows only two consecutive terms as president.