Thank New Delhi for conceding to ‘sensitivities’ on GST: Mehbooba

Thank New Delhi for conceding to ‘sensitivities’ on GST: Mehbooba

Inaugurates IT-enabled Udyog Bhawan, Data Centre to bring transparency in matters of industry

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that it was a great achievement of her government to ensure protection of the special position of Jammu and Kashmir while extending the GST to the state.
Interacting with members of several industrial and trade bodies after inaugurating the modernised and upgraded Udyog Bhawan here, the Chief Minister said one of the major benefits of the GST has been that it has brought the people of the two regions, particularly traders, on the same page during the hectic discussions before its implementation in the state.
Mehbooba Mufti said the state has a specific geographic position which is not so conducive to business activities, and as such the people in general and the business community in particular needed to be given some protections and guarantees. She said she was thankful to New Delhi that they conceded to the requests and sensitivities of the state government and incorporated necessary safeguards in the Presidential Order on the GST.
The Chief Minister assured the members of the industry that the government would continue to support them as it felt that the local industry was an important source of employment for youth. She said her government would continue to support local industry and extend all incentives and concessions to it in the SGST regime which were in place earlier.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the government is keen to develop local industry in the state. He said a dedicated system of power distribution is being put in place to ensure round-the-clock electricity to industrial estates. He sought cooperation from the members of industry to protect and promote local industry.
Minister for Industries & Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga in his address said the government was determined to turn around many sick units like Joinery Mills, Silk and Woolen Mills, to make them profitable ventures. He said the infrastructure at Industrial Estates is being upgraded to match the increased requirements of entrepreneurs.
Vice-Chairmen of several industrial corporations, Commissioner-Secretary Shailendra Kumar and other senior officers of the divisional administration and of the Industries & Commerce Department were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the Udyog Bhawan at Railhead which has been redone with the use of local art pieces like Khatamband and other woodworks. She also formally unveiled the Data Centre that would have online stocking of items by the SICOP, besides GIS mapping of all the Industrial Estates.
The Data Centre has been set up to put in transparency and accountability in the functioning of various agencies of Industries Department. It would also have an application tracking system by which any industrialist or entrepreneur can access the status of his or her complaint or request, anytime. Besides, the Data Centre would be linked to the Traffic Department for executing e-challans and managing the traffic signalling systems in Srinagar and Jammu cities.


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