SRINAGAR: A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JKJCCI), led by its Joint President Rakesh Gupta, called on Governor N.N Vohra at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
According to an official press note, the delegation appealed for Governor’s urgent intervention in restoring trade on the Poonch-Rawalakot route which has remained suspended for the past over 8 weeks, leading to large losses to the traders.
For making trade more transparent and accountable the delegation suggested steps being taken for vacating stay on government’s order of 31-05-2017 which prescribed measures to streamline the trade; revisiting the application of GST on LoC trade so that LoC trade is taxed at a minimal percentage which too can be reimbursed on the same pattern as applies to the incentives being given for the promotion of industry in J&K; in the light of the recent NIA raids, corrective measures need to be taken to ensure that there is no nexus between the various agencies and the unethical traders at the LoC points; to ensure against emergence of vested interests no officer of any agency posted at the LoC Trade Facilitation Centre should continue for more than 6 months at a stretch; a dedicated authority for management of LoC trade should be established to streamline and enhance the trade; setting up a hassle-free single window system for the trade; e-commerce and digitization of LoC trade so that real time monitoring and evaluation of this barter trade can be done; enhancement of security infrastructure including installation of CCTV cameras, full body truck scanners, X-ray machines, etc. and banking facility be put in place instead of the present barter system with the currency medium to be decided mutually by both countries.
Governor assured the delegation of taking up their demands with the Union Government and the Chief Minister.