KCCI concerned over defamatory campaign against cross LoC trade

KCCI concerned over defamatory campaign against cross LoC trade

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saturday (KCCI) objected to the “defamatory campaign” against the “Cross LoC Trade” and described its suspension as unfortunate.
Stating that the statements regarding misuse and manipulation of the trade indicate serious flaws in the guidelines of the standard operating procedures, A KCCI spokesman added that the trade suspension had been ordered without letting the traders settle accounts, and with taking into consideration the difficulties they would face.
After a meeting of the KCCI executive committee, a spokesman said that one of the most important confidence building measures agreed to by the top leadership of India and Pakistan had become a casualty of indifference and apathy.
“The statements regarding misuse and manipulation of the trade indicate serious flaws in the guidelines of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). The allegation that businessman Zahoor Ahmed Wattali was the President of LOC Traders Association is also unsubstantiated as per our knowledge. This has allowed the alleged flow of narcotics, fake currency and weapons into the State. In view of the serious nature of the allegations, responsibility needs to be fixed for the glaring lapses,” a statement issued by the chamber said.
The KCCI added that over the years, no effective steps were taken to implement various suggestions given by stakeholders. “Demands aimed at bringing transparency to the trade including installation of a Full Body Scanner, Close Circuit Television Camera’s (CCTV’s), Banking Facility, Communication Infrastructure, re-verification of traders, regular rotation of officials posted at Trade Facilitation Centres etc have been ignored. The decision of installation of Full Body Scanner has been taken several years ago but has been caught in procedural delays,” the statement said.
It added in July 2018, the then Governor N N Vohra had issued deadlines for the implementation of the above measures but till date no action has been taken resulting in the suspension of the trade itself.
The order of suspension, it said, has been issued without taking into account the difficulties genuine traders would face.
“No opportunity has been given to settle accounts and traders have been left with huge stocks, many of them perishable, which would be of no use. In addition, thousands of persons connected with the trade have been rendered jobless and in debt.”