Pledges to intensify its program for restoring original position autonomy
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC) has vowed to resist all moves aimed at eroding the remaining part of special constitutional authority of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. The committee has also pledged to intensify its program for restoring the original constitutional position afforded to J&K in 1947.
The committee has also decided that no trade body shall attend a meeting called by the government for discussing the implementation of GST in the valley.
In an emergency meeting of JKCC held under the chairmanship of Mohammad Yaseen Khan, the members expressed their anguish and dismay over “criminal silence and lackadaisical approach of state government in contesting the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the apex court against Article 35–A in the constitution of India”.
“It has been painfully noted that the state government seems to be complacent to play in the hands of such forces. The state government owes an explanation to the general public on this count,” the convener of the committee said in a statement here on Wednesday.
JKCC, an amalgam of apex trade bodies, civil society formations, professionals and trade unions, was formed recently to fight the extension of GST law to the state. The committee has now decided to take their program to the second level by involving communities and citizens to protect the J&K’s autonomous position.
JKCC said it has already sensitized the concerned quarters as well as the citizens regarding “deceitful concurrence by the state government to the extension of GST law” to Jammu and Kashmir and “its adverse impacts on our special position”. The united forum has also made demands for revocation of the Presidential order and application of GST law besides declaring the J&K as free economic zone, said the statement.
The committee observed that attempts were afoot to “divide the constituents of JKCC by involving the state machinery at various levels”.
“In this context an invitation has been extended to some apex chambers and trade bodies for discussing the implementation of GST in the valley. It has unanimously been decided with stress that no trade organization will attend the said meeting owing to the reason that the issue was beyond the domain of the officer who had called the meeting,” JKCC said.
The members, however, offered to participate in any high level meeting convened under the chairpersonship of the chief minister to discuss the issues raised by JKCC. “Such a meeting needs to be organized at the earliest,” said the statement.