‘Joint chamber would also take up trade issues with its counterpart on other side’
Srinagar: The J&K Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JKJCCI)delegation visited trade facilitation centre at Salamabad Uri last weekand discussed the issuesfaced by the LoCtraders with Bilal Ahmad, Director Industries and Commerce Kashmir (I&C).
The JKJCCI delegation was headed by its president Javid Ahmad Tenga.
The meeting was told that the number of traders registered are presently 240 and out of which 26 have not been cleared by the security agencies. The president pointed out that the trade is supposed to be for every trader in Kashmir and should not be restricted. It was decided that till the number of trucks, number of trade days and number of items are increased, it may not be a viable trade.
However the Director industries promised to revisit this issue and told the traders body that the issuewill be taken with the joint chamber on how to make registration of new traders hassle free.
Trade body said that the roster system was also discussed and it was decided that all the record of the traders will be digitized by Eid and a new roaster system will be devised which will be based on alphabetical order and the only traders who have active GST numbers will be allowed to do trade and the trade facilitation officer as well the staff in the centre will be on line so that there is no problems.
JKJCCI said that the the accounts of each trader on being digitized will be compulsory to settle the accounts and balance it quarterly.
Trader’s body said that the issue regarding GST was also taken.“As this trade is duty free, the issues were discussed and would need to be further discussed with the tax authorities in Srinagar,” Tenga said.
Tenga said that with regard to the development of infrastructure at Zero point,director Industries promised to expedite this process particularly for the travelers who travel through the LoC besides the truck drivers.
He said that with regard to infrastructure, there is a need for warehouse and controlled atmosphere store both in Salamabad as well as in Srinagar.
It was stressed that the Joint chamber should take up some issues with its counterpart on the other side of LoC. “The need for increasing the number of trucks as well as number of trade days to make this trade effective,” Tenga said.
The president JKJCCI informed the meeting that the issues confronting the trade in respect to the number of trucks as per demand have been already taken up with the government of India as well as with the government of Pakistan from time to time and we are awaiting our visit to Muzaffarabad to take this forward.