The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Thursday urged Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar to undertake measures for assuring the safety of Kashmiri business communities outside the state.
A KCCI delegation led by its president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad held a meeting with Kumar and discussed the recent attack on the properties of Kashmiri traders in Rohru, Shimla, a statement issued by the Chamber said. Ashiq requested the Advisor to consider taking measures for reassuring the Kashmiri business community operating outside the state that their lives and property are safe.
Kumar assured the delegation that he would be taking up the issue with the Governor and also the Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh. The Advisor also said that he would be proposing to include the facilitation of business community facing such regional problems to the already designated Liaison Officers for addressing issues of students functioning under the direct supervision of the Resident Commissioner, New Delhi. The liaisoning infrastructure was constituted by the State Administrative Council (SAC) on 14 November, 2018.
The KCCI said it would also be taking up the issue with the Governor for issuance of appropriate directions and interventions.
Ashiq also appreciated the efforts of the administration for prompt response to the untimely snowfall in early November by declaring it as “Special Natural Calamity”, but asked for ensuring the compensation reached the affected farmers at the earliest.
The delegation also raised the issue of complaints of “harassment” of business establishments by the Traffic authorities and the multiplication of footpath vendors in the central business district.
The Advisor asked the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to look into the issues by holding a meeting of all the concerned stakeholders, the statement said.