‘Govt committed to safeguard interests of industrialists’
SRINGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister (Dy CM), Kavinder Gupta on Monday said that government is committed to expand the industrial scope in all potential areas to give further fillip to this vital sector.
“Industrial sector is the only viable source of employment for the unemployed youth and boosting the state’s economy, for which the government will take all necessary steps for its overall growth,” Kavinder Gupta said.
Addressing the representatives of various industrial bodies from across the state, including Kashmir and Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the deputy chief minister said that he has already taken up the issue of granting special concessions to the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the analogy of North-East States with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and other concerned GoI leadership recently, who according to the Dy CM, were “quite optimistic” on the demand and “”it is most likely that a decision will be taken by the central government soon”.
He sought cooperation from all stakeholders to create a conducive atmosphere in the state, especially in the Kashmir valley to promote the industrial sector in a big way. He assured that “government will maintain close coordination with the industrialists and address their all outstanding issues on merit”.
Minister for Finance, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, who was also present in the meeting, said that finance department will examine all proposals and issues from the industries and commerce department on priority and address these appropriately. He maintained that “the chief minister is very keen for the growth of industry in the state and that all necessary industry-friendly steps will be taken”. He sought the views of the industrialists for further promotion of the industry in the state.
Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Shailendra Kumar briefed on the overall scenario of industrial activities in the state and initiatives taken in recent years for the welfare of industrialists and promotion of industry.
Commissioner/Secretary PDD, Hirdesh Kumar Singh and other senior officers of the industries and finance department were also present in the meeting.
President, JCCI, Rakesh Gupta, President, KCCI, Javid Ahmad Tenga, President, FCIK, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Chairman, FCIJ, Lalit Mahajan, and other senior members of the industrial associations highlighted the issues confronting the industrialists and gave suggestions for the growth of the industries in the state. They called for safeguarding the interests of the industrialists, especially the small-scale industries by relaxing various existing norms under the State Industrial Policy.