SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) said on Sunday that it had cautioned the administration about the Industrial Policy-2016 when it was still being drafted.
The body, however, said the administration ignored its communication and went ahead with the policy.
“The communication had urged for a comprehensive discussion on the Draft Industrial Policy before putting it in public domain. But it received no response. Instead, the government decided to (be in) haste to implement the policy, which could prove detrimental to the peace and stability of our fragile state,” KCCI president, Mustaq A Wani, stated in a special meeting of the body held here.
He expressed regret at the attitude displayed by the administration in “ignoring the letter of caution given through communication March 9, 2016”.
The new industrial policy was approved by the governor administration before the Mehbooba Mufti government took over.
The policy is reported to have been drafted with an aim to felicitate lease of land to non-state subjects. The opposition, pro-freedom politicians, and civil society have reacted strongly to the move, which they call an attempt to further erode the special status of the state.
Responding to the criticism, the ruling PDP-BJP coalition recently stated that it would revisit the policy.
In its meeting, the Chamber termed as “mischievous” the clause 2.11.2 of the state Industrial Policy, which allows non-state subjects free access to the land in Jammu and Kashmir.
It also condemned “the raking up of unnecessary controversies by a section of bureaucracy as a conspiracy to engage the state in further turmoil”.
Certain New Delhi-sponsored business organisations or chapters are “promoting corporate interests aimed at diluting the interests of the state and its populace”, it said.
“The Kashmir Chamber is very much conscious of the need for protection of our limited land and assets. Any move that threatens the special status of our state shall be appropriately opposed,” the meeting stated.