Srinagar: Former president Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry and director of Alkhuddam Group Sheikh Ashiq has won the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) elections with a thumping margin. He will represent Jammu and Kashmir chapter in the apex council, an institution allied with ministry of textiles.
Ashiq was elected to the post through a voting where he bagged 904 votes. It is for the first time that Jammu and Kashmir will have a representation in the council. Ashiq said he will highlight difficulties faced by the carpet industry in the state and will support to redress their issues.
“I am thankful to my fraternity for supporting me. I will work for the betterment of the industry,” he said.
During his term at the KCCI, his role has been appreciated by the trade community for highlighting their grievances at appropriate forums. Also, the young businessman from the valley raised the problems faced the trade community after the 2014 floods, which damaged Kashmir economy.
Congratulating Ashiq for winning the election, president of Artisan Rehabilitation Forum Parvez Ahmed Bhat said: “It is a milestone in the history of Kashmiri carpet industry and other textile related crafts. Now we will have a representation in the apex body of India. We shall have a respite now and restore the pristine glory of our carpet and textile related handicraft industry.”
He added that all the artisan bodies and other prominent handicrafts associations are sure and confident about Sheikh Ashiq’s deliverance and performance as KCCI president recently and sure that this room at carpet export promotion will begin new and bright chapters in the carpet and textile industry of the valley under his dynamic leadership.