SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) on Wednesdayexpressed concern over the issuance of “somewhat impracticable market roaster” issued by the Labour Department, wherein different working days for different markets that the chamber alleges have been fixed “without taking into consideration the situation prevailing in the Kashmir valley”.
“The roaster has, therefore, been rejected by the entire trading community and particularly by the KCCI as it is considered to be an anti-trade move by the government given the present economic down turn of the state, particularly in the valley,” a statement issued here read.
“The government should understand that such market roasters work with metropolitan cities only and not in the trouble-torn cities and towns of Jammu & Kashmir,” it read.
The daily working timing of the markets fixed under the roaster is also viewed as “motivated, vicious” intended to restrict and curb the genuine tax payer shopkeepers working”.
“Such steps taken by the government give the impression that the government is hell-bent to destroy the already squeezed business activity in the state particularly in the valley,” it further read.
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry has demanded the government to “withdraw the ill-conceived roaster and the notices issued on the same to the shopkeepers immediately or the business community will be compelled to resort to befitting extreme action”, the statement added.