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Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     10th April 2021


Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) today has expressed great resentment against the new Excise Policy announced by the Jammu and Kashmir UT administration the other day. Responding to the new policy the JCCI president Arun Gupta during a press conference conducted at the Chamber House here today asserted that the new policy prima facie appears to be aimed at eliminating the local businesspersons from the trade and benefiting only the rich capitalists, that too from outside the Union Territory of J&K. He said that it is quite unfortunate that before finalizing the Excise Policy 2021-22, the apprehensions of the Wine Traders have not been cleared despite repeated protests by them in the City of Temples. Gupta regretted that despite taking up the matter with the Hon’ble Lt Governor regarding New Excise Policy which directly affecting the livelihood of existing wine traders of J&K, unfortunately nothing has been done in this regard. “Jammu Chamber has also took up the issue of New Excise Policy with the MOS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh at New Delhi but all in vain,” he said. While elaborating further the Chamber President said that through e-auction individual will be granted license at only one location thus paving the way for the persons having muscle and money power to bid in name of proxies. This vindicates the apprehension of the wine traders that e-auction will bring big players while eliminating the small ones. Gupta said the basic structure of grant and renewal of JKEL-2 license having been changed in new policy for JKEL-2 trade through e-auction mode is not only in violation of Excise Act and Rules but also in total disregard to the judgment of J&K High Court. Gupta also raised serious concern over the hardships which the business community is confronting especially with regard to ban on extraction of minor minerals from river beds and subsequently the sale of the same. He said that such kind of blanket ban on the construction material is not in the interest of any one in the UT. He said that banning mining on the pretext of unauthorized extraction is not at all justified as the administration is equipped with the law enforcing agencies including police which can check and contain the illegal mining but stopping the entire business is not the right way to tackle with the problem. The Jammu Chamber also expressed resentment against the district administration for harassing the small traders by carrying out unnecessary encroachment drives without issuing any prior notices. He urged the district administration to desist from such activities which is not in favour of trading community. The CCI President demanded either immediate roll back of the new policy or else the same be amended by the government to address the genuine concerns of the local wine traders whose families are dependent on this trade besides these traders providing employment to substantial number of people. The Chamber will try its best to save the interests of existing liquor vendors of the UT as they are forced to become scapegoats, he said and warned the government not to force the trading community to come on roads to get their demands fulfilled.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     7th April 2021


Better law & order crucial for inclusive development: CCI JAMMU: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu asserted that improving law and order situation is imperative for achieving peace and progress as chaos and crime snarl development process badly. A deputation of CCI Jammu led by its President Arun Gupta met IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh at his office chamber and discussed various issues including rising crime graph affecting the business prospects in Jammu. The CCI President at the outset praised the IGP Jammu for taking good initiatives in making police force people-friendly and police stations accessible to all by asking Men in Khaki to make atmosphere conducive and cordial. He said that there is sea change in the way cops deal with public now as compared to earlier days when common man used to fear to even talk to a cop. The CCI President said that although the crime scenario in Jammu has improved considerably but still there is need to tighten noose around criminals as incidents of thefts, chain & mobile snatchings, drug abuse are on rise besides notorious criminals ruling the roost and striking at their will. Expressing concern over last week’s firing incident outside leading businessman’s house in Jammu, the CCI President asked Mukesh Singh to prioritize the investigation and ensure that the culprits face the law book as soon as possible. Gupta said that business in Jammu being a tourist destination depends on footfall of visitors and rising crime is the biggest impediment in wooing tourists. “Jammu’s development, prosperity and fortune therefore solely depends on peaceful dwelling and police has a major role in ensuring crime free society”, he said adding that police giving little thrust in the matter is the need of the time. Referring to Tuesday’s incidence of leopard venturing into Gandhi Nagar locality, Arun Gupta appealed to IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh to recommend and confer award to the wildlife department employee, who saved his colleague from the animal’s fury using a normal cane. He said that the timely action and extraordinary bravery of the aforesaid staffer of wildlife department saved one precious life. Another significant issue which was discussed in the meeting was action taken against owners of vehicles registered outside the Union Territory. The CCI delegation appealed to the IGP Jammu to grant some more time to such commuters having vehicles registered outside the UT as sudden implementation of the rule governing the issue has put them into jeopardy with traffic cops started issuing challans. The CCI delegation also congratulated Mukesh Singh on his promotion as Additional Director General of Police. The CCI officer bearers applauded Mukesh Singh for his remarkable tenure in Jammu that saw number of positive changes as far as policing in concerned. They said that dynamism shown by him in controlling crime in the city will be remembered for the long time to come. Giving a patient hearing to the issues highlighted by the CCI delegation, the IGP Jammu ensured early redressal of problems and a considerate view on the suggestions being extended. He thanked the primary trade body of the region for sparing time to project significant issues before him to make Jammu and better place to live and prosperous. Others who accompanied the deputation include Sh.Anil Gupta Sr. Vice-President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     7th April 2021


Mayor discusses Smart City initiatives with CCI Team JAMMU: Mayor Jammu Chander Mohan Gupta and Deputy Mayor Purnima Sharma visited Chamber House and discussed the development initiatives taken up in Jammu City with CCI office bearers. President Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Arun Gupta along with other office bearers welcomed the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to Chamber House and held threadbare discussion on the development needs of the city especially with regard to business community of the city of temples. The CCI President also took up the issue of JMC confronting with business community in Jammu. He appealed to the Mayor Jammu that an amicable solution to this problem is needed to be chalked out by starting an awareness campaign involving representatives of the main market associations. Responding to the issue, the Mayor appreciated the President CCI for the fruitful suggestion and gave nod to carry out awareness campaign by the Municipality to educate business community about the flaws of encroaching pavements and other such malpractices which at times hamper the essential services and also presents Jammu in bad light as far as the beauty of the city is concerned. Later, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor interacted with the office bearers of the Chamber and unveiled the plan of making Jammu a Smart City. The newly installed signboards in the City and the green towers beneath the flyover fetched praise of the CCI members besides the beautification executed in road stretch near Asia Hotel in Gandhi Nagar and Rotary on flyover leading to Parade and Civil Secretariat. Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta said that efforts are on to make Jammu the most beautiful smart city in the entire country and for this cooperation of people is the significant factor. He asked the CCI President to help Jammu Administration by way of convincing people to make Jammu smart in real sense. “Without the help of citizens no city can develop or become exemplary place of dwelling. Same is true for Jammu therefore CCI can do a lot in this direction”, he said and asked CCI to ask its constituents to extend help in making Jammu clean, green and serene.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     26th March 2021


Cops, traders together can improve law & order: Arun Gupta, President CCI The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Friday called for better ties between traders and the police department for ensuring better law and order situation in the region. President CCI Jammu Arun Gupta said that strengthening ties between cops and business community can be of great help in containing the crime and improving the law and order in the region. He was speaking at a glittering function organized by the CCI Jammu to felicitate the outgoing SSP Jammu Shridar Patil and the new incumbent Chandan Kohli. Earlier, Gaurav Gupta, CCI General Secretary presented the welcome address. He gave a detailed overview of the functioning of the CCI Jammu Chapter and introduced the guests with the audience. SSP Traffic Jammu City, Shiv Kumar, other senior functionaries of J&K Police, representatives of various Bazaars of Jammu were also present. The President CCI while felicitating both the officers applauded the extraordinary services rendered by the outgoing SSP Jammu. He said that liaison between traders and the cops saw a new chapter of cooperation under his term. He said that CCI also expects that the cordial relationship which grew between traders and the cops during the time of SSP Patil will not only continue under the realms of new SSP Jammu Chandan Kohli but it will further improve to next level for betterment of one and all living in Jammu. The President CCI along with his team also presented a shawl and a memento to the guest officers. Besides, SSP Traffic Jammu City, Shiv Kumar was also honoured for his exemplary services. Speaking on the occasion, Shridar Patil expressed gratitude to the traders’ body for the honour it gave and termed his tenure as SSP Jammu extremely satisfying. He also praised the people of Jammu especially the traders’ community for being law abiding citizens and promoters of peace. He said that the moments spend in Jammu are memorable and he will cherish them for long. Chandan Kohli, SSP Jammu said that the responsibility on his shoulders has been redoubled after the momentous stint of his predecessor Shridar Patil. He in a very humble note said that he will try his best to ensure that people feel safe and confident under his spell as SSP Jammu. “Peace and crime free society will be my first and foremost priority”, he asserted while thanking CCI for the honour it extended by organizing this function. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by the General Secretary CCI Jammu. Vote of thanks was present by Sr. Vice President Sh. Anil Gupta. The other office bearers of CCI present in the meeting included Jr. Vice President Rajeev Gupta and Rajesh Gupta Secretary. Other Prominent Members were present on the occasion Sh. Shiv Partap Gupta, Sh. Ravinder Goel, Sh. Parveen Gupta, Sh. Bharat Bhushan Gupta, Sh. Ravinder Sawhney, Sh. Vishwamitter, Sh. Devinder Gupta,Sh. JOgindr Gupta, Sh. Jagdish Langer, Sh. Deepak Gupta, Sh. Rajesh Gupta and others.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     24th March 2021


Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry urged the government to protect and safeguard the interests of the JKEL-2 license holders while implementing the Excise Policy 2021-22. These license should continue to be renewed on terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Liquor License and Sale Rules, 1984 governed by the J&K Excise Act SVT 1958. The Chamber President Sh. Arun Gupta said that recent Draft Policy 2021-22 published has been framed totally in conflict with J&K Excise act SVAT-1958 as amended and finance department notification under SRO 679 dated 13-12-1984, as amended till date . It is settled position of law as a elaborated in related judgement of hon’ble High Court dated 28-12-2020, that no policy can supersede act and rules for regulations in any trade. Act and Rules are crystal clear and defining these JKEL-2 license holders as separate class are licensees on fixed fees i.e regular licensees. Basic structure of grant and renewal of JKEL-2 license has been changed in new draft policy for JKEL-2 trade through e-auction mode. While hon’ble high court judgement dated 28-12-2020 clearly provided for framing of policy strictly in accordance with act and rules. The draft excise policy is not only in violation of Excise Act and rules but is also in total disregard to the judgement of Hon’ble High Court. The Hon’ble High Court Judgement in terms of para90(vii) clearly states that for the purpose of renewal of licenses for trade in liquor, if permissible in law, all conditions applicable for grant of new license shall also be applicable. This does not mean that renewal of earlier license is also to be done by way of auction. The licenses which have been granted by way of fixed fee per annum and is in operations for the last more than 5-6 decades is a class apart. In terms of rule 35 which clearly envisages a provision that government can grant a license in any other manner. This provision has to be read in reference to rule 4, as well as the other relevant rules with respect to grant of license by way of renewal. The grant of license is a well recognised conditions which is permissible under law and number of courts have upheld the policy decision of the government by way for which licensees already in existence on a fixed fee as a separate class apart. It is not understood, why normative practise is not being adopted for trader involved in liquor who has served the department with his sweat and blood and is tested ground level worker of the department and has never defaulted on account of any type of dues and binding imposed by department prescribed in section 22 of the act. The renewal is very much permissible under law but shockingly the government has not dealt with said issues which is well established policy in different state. We have strong reservation to the issues proposed in the draft policy. It has also been proposed that no obviate possibility of cartelization and monopolistic approach allotment is made to only one bidder. We may bring on record that most of regular licensee are having one license and are earning bread and butter for their families as only source of livelihood. All of them are working with such sincerity, accountability and honesty and serving as collection agent of the government. E-auction individual will be granted license at only one location but the persons having muscle and money power will bid in name of all of their family members and also bid in name of proxies, who will be paid meagre amount for required purpose. Fact remains e-auction will bring big players and shall lead to cartelization and monopolistic approach. Auction has been tested earlier in the year 2000 with the country liquor in erstwhile state of J&K and results are well known with the department. A related case and FIR, losses incurred on account of that amounting Rs. 100 crores are still pending adjudication. It is to bring on record that ever since accord of license, they have never defaulted on account of dues and persistently helping department in achieving its objectives besides helping to increase the revenue. We request government that no systematic change be brought in grant of renewal of license of JKEL-2 Regular/Fixed Licensees which are a separate class, contrary to excise act and rules against the spirit of law. These may be allowed to run their licensed premises on fixed fees as per approved blue prints plans available with the department and same locations notified in draft policy in a normative manner as per spirit of hon’ble High Court order and settled position of law. JKEL-2 fixed licensee be renewed as per rules position and settled principle of law. The aforesaid draft excise policy to the extent of the JKEL-2 Regular / Fixed Licensee shall not be acted upon, as it is in disregard to the judgement of the hon’ble High Court.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     18th March 2021


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Thursday hailed the Rs 1.08 lakh crore budget for J&K claiming it to be step towards the overall development of J&K UT. In a statement issued here, Arun Gupta President CCI welcomed the sops and provisions given in the budget for the sector of Industries and Commerce saying this time allocation of funds viz Rs 648 crore is Rs 291 crore more than the last year’s budget thus raising hopes of all the stakeholders that soon their problems shall be mitigated. He said that Rs. 400 crore for the reimbursement of GST by State Taxes Department is also significant step for trade and industry fraternity as this will prove to be a boon for the MSME sector besides other stakeholders. He said that government through such initiatives is doing its bit in providing much required stability to the sickening industry and business which is grappling to overcome recession caused due to curbs imposed on account of COVID-19. He expressed gratitude to FM Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Lt. Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha, Sh. Arun Kumar Mehta(IAS) Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, and Sh. Ranjan Prakash Thakur (IRTS) Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce Department J & K Govt. and others involved in the exercise of carving out the outlines of budget by seriously considering the plight of industry and commerce sector. Arun Gupta also appreciated the mentors of this year’s budget for announcing a food park in Kud area falling in Udhampur District claiming that this will go a long way in boosting economy and generating employment avenues in the hilly part of the district. He also appreciated the Budget allocation for new tourist circuits including Mansar and Surinsar and allocation of Rs. 20 crores for New Ropeways. He said that provision Rs. 200 crore to set up new industrial estates as envisioned in the recently crafted industrial policy is nothing but realization of dreams of people of J&K.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     19th February 2021


The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry today strongly flayed the Government decision to impose Property tax in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and demanded for reconsideration of the decision. Addressing the Media Personnel , Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Arun Gupta said, the employment and business of People of this erstwhile State is badly affected by post August 05, 2019 events especially due to prolonged shut downs and restrictions imposed by the Government. No major economic activity has taken place after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A. The State which is flooded with the unemployed youths and have limited resources and opportunities for economic activities has been burdened with one more tax to plunge into the deep economic crisis. He said, After the spread of Pandemic Covid-19, the businesses are shut and people are left jobless, many states are considering to come to the rescue of people by exempting and reducing the existing taxes already in force. But on contrary the Government of J&K is imposing tax after tax to further weaken the people economically. The time when people are struggling to meet both ends needs, imposition of property tax is grave injustice and illogical. The Chamber President reiterated that the time is not opportune to impose such taxes in a State which is economically, geographically and politically sensitive. The people are looking forward for a relief and tax holiday for business and trade at this time of distress but initiation of such decisions will further aggravate the already worsen economy of J&K. Arun Gupta Added that the continuance of barrier at Lakhanpur Gateway has added to the vows of General public and passengers coming from the different places of India. People and Vehicles are made to stand in long queues for hours to get the clearance. Such practice should be immediately stopped to allow free passage to passengers and vehicles to and fro the UT. The other Office bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     15th February 2021


President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Arun Gupta while chairing the meeting of the Office Bearers namely Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta. Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer welcomed the announcement made by the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha to simplify the norms for establishing new Industrial Units in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The prerequisite NOCs / approval have been relaxed for setting up of a business unit in UT of J&K. As per the announcement the Udyog Aadhar Memorandum as per the condition of the Government of India shall be the only requirement for a business unit to be setup. Earlier 15 NOCs/Clearances were required for setting up of Industrial Units in J&K which have now been reduce to a bare minimum and now only 3 NOCs which includes Land use change by Revenue Department, Pollution Control Board and Fire and Emergency Department. Sh. Arun Gupta said the decisions which were taken by the administrative council under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor for simplifying business establishment process will boost the morale of the investors to invest in J&K and it will improve the ranking of J&K index in ease of doing business. These ambitious structural announced reforms will provide not only level play field but also hassle-free atmosphere to the investors within and outside of J&K. Sh. Arun Gupta appreciated the efforts of the UT administration and requested the Hon’ble LG Sh. Manoj Sinha to reconsider the long pending demand of ownership / free hold rights to the existing industrialists so that they could have sense of belongings and security. Sh. Arun Gupta also appreciated the J&K Police for averting a major terror attack at General Bus Stand Jammu due to which many precious lives were saved by apprehending four Militants including a nursing student from Jammu.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     12th February 2021


An urgent meeting of Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held today at Chamber house under the Presidentship of Sh. Arun Gupta. Sh. Arun Gupta expressed its gratitude to Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha for releasing a Cheque of Rs. 250 crores to J&K Bank as second instalment of 5% interest subvention in economic package as a relief for the business sector in the UT of J&K. Sh. Arun Gupta said that 5% interest subsidy would provide big relief to the business community of J&K who have suffered a lot during the lockdown period and hoped that the UT administration under the dynamic leadership of Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha would continue the initiative process of streamlining the economy of J&K. Sh. Arun Gupta also expressed its gratitude to the Lt. Governor for inaugurating General Bus Stand multilevel Car Parking cum Commercial Complex worth Rs. 213.08 crores and said it will boost the economic business activities in the City of Temple. Chamber of Commerce and Industry also hails the announcement made by the Lt. Governor to rejuvenate the area between Mubarak Mandi to Tawi area. The other office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     6th February 2021


The meeting of the representatives of various market associations was held yesterday at Chamber House under the Presidentship of Sh. Arun Gupta. At the outset Sh. Gaurav Gupta welcomed the august gathering. The issues which were raised by the representatives of various associations are:- Ø Waiver of Ground rent at Wave Mall commencing from 1st March 2020 till the Union Territory of J&K is declared pandemic free by the government. Ø Rent issue pertaining to the stakeholders of Bahu Plaza Occupants to be settled as early as possible. Ø Conditions of the roads and the drains at Transport Nagar needs to be addressed immediately. Ø E-Riksha facilities should be introduced throughout the old city. Ø Regarding ISBT in City there should be pick and drop facility at general bus stand Jammu Ø To enhance the limit for e-way bills from present Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1.00 lacs Ø To increase more parking slots throughout the Jammu City Sh. Arun Gupta, President CCI in his address assured that we will try our best to get the issues solved raised in today’s meeting and we will stand by the business community as and when need arises. Sh. Arun Gupta also welcomed the move of the government for the smart city project but not at the cost of the stakeholders of the region. In the end Vote of thanks was presented by Sr. Vice President Sh. Anil Gupta The other Office bearers of CCI present in the meeting include Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     6th February 2021


Sh. Arun Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry today welcomed the restoration of 4G Network services in entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Arun Gupta while terming it as a positive step expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Home Minister Sh. Amit Shah, Hon’ble Mos Prime Minister’s Office Sh. Jatinder Singh and LG J&K Sh. Manoj Sinha, for accepting this long pending demand of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu. He said this move will fulfil the aspirations of people, youth and business community in particular. This will also solve the problems for Trade and Industry to a great extent regarding generation of e-way bills and e-filing of various documents including GST Return etc.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     1st February 2021


In the reaction to the Budget announced by the Central Government today the President Chamber of Commerce & Industry hailed the Government of India for announcing massive budget for the health sector and it is pertinent to mention that a lockdown was announced last year in the month of March and our country was not prepared enough to handle the pandemic Covid-19 due to lack of health infrastructure throughout India and Covid-19 was an eye opener for the government to think and focus to increased the budget for the health sector. Sh. Arun Gupta also welcomed the announcement of Rs. 35000 crores for Covid-19 Vaccine in 2021-22. Sh. Arun Gupta further said that nothing special has been announced for the Trade/ Industrial Sector in today’s budget but Government of India has already announced the Industrial package of Rs. 28400 crores few days back and the notification in this regard is still awaited. Sh. Arun Gupta also welcomed the decision of the Government of India for announcing J&K Gas Pipe Line Yojna. And at the same time Sh. Arun Gupta said that the economy of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is purely based on Tourism Sector but no focus has been laid on the tourism sector and especially in Jammu division which has been ignored from last so many years as far as the unexplored destinations like Bani, Sarthal, Basoli, Panchari, Peer Panchal, Suchetgarh Border and Bhaderwah etc and we are expecting big announcement in the coming State Budget in this regard. Sh. Arun Gupta also welcomed the announcement regarding creation of 100 new Sainik Schools on the basis of PPP model. Sh. Arun Gupta further hailed and welcomed the announcement made by the Central Government regarding rationalization of Custom duty, exemption from filing of Income tax return for senior citizens above the age of 75 years, enhancement of audit limit from Rs. 5 crore to 10 crore, proposal to revised the limit for reopening of assessments from present 6 years to 3 years only. Sh. Arun Gupta also said that affordable housing is a priority area and extension in the period of loans of Rs. 1.5 lacs to purchase the affordable house is a welcome step.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     30 January 2021


Sh. Arun Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry alongwith new team of Office bearers namely Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer called on Sh. Dheeraj Gupta, IAS Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban Development Department and discussed various issues with him. Sh. Arun Gupta informed the FC Housing and Urban Development that the Occupants of Shops in Mini Shopping Center Rail Head Complex had applied for transfer of shops in their names and execution of lease deeds after depositing requisite fee for the same with JDA. He further said that inspite of various representations made by them to the concerned authorities, JDA has not taken up the matter seriously thus depriving the said occupants of the lease deeds to be executed. Sh. Arun Gupta also informed the FC Housing and Urban Development department that the conditions of the roads and drains etc in Transport Nagar Narwal area is in bad shape. The roads are broken, main holes are open and drainage system is absolutely not working and no sanitization facilities is available. Sh. Arun Gupta also said that the present occupants of shops at Warehouse Jammu shall be allowed to construct first floor over their shops to engaged their children in business because no shops are available for the said purpose. Sh. Arun Gupta also informed the FC Housing that as per the lease deeds/rent deeds made by JDA with the occupants of the shops /halls at Bahu Plaza there should be a rise of 10% of rent after every 3 years, but practically on ground things are not clear. Sh. Dheeraj Gupta, FC Housing and Urban Development Department gave very patient hearing and assured the Chamber team that all the issues taken up in the meeting shall be addressed shortly.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCI/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     28 January 2021


Sh. Arun Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry alongwith his newly elected team of Office bearers namely Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer today called on Commissioner State Taxes Department Sh. P.K.Bhat in his office chambers and discussed various issues and problems being faced by the business community especially in generating e-way bills due to continued long power cuts and also in absence of 4G network. Sh. Arun Gupta while raising the issues regarding harassment and penalties being imposed on the traders at various Nakas by the State Taxes Department emphasized that the business community of Jammu has already suffered huge losses during the period of continued lockdown due to pandemic covid-19 and still then the business community is cooperating with the State Taxes department. Sh. P.K.Bhat Commissioner State Taxes Department while reacting assured that the points raised in today’s meeting shall be addressed on priority and he will personally look into the matter of undue harassment and penalties being imposed at various Nakas. The Commissioner State Taxes Department also assured that he will ensure that no innocent businessman will be harassed by the State Taxes Department. The Commissioner States Taxes Department inform the team of Chamber that the return compliance in UT has shown on increased trend post lockdown due to covid-19 pandemic and is more than the national average as of now. The Commissioner hoped that the chamber and the department will work together supporting healthy business practices and law implementation for overall benefit of the Union Territory

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     26 January 2021


72nd Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm, fervour and patriotism at Chamber of Commerce and industry office at Rail Head Complex Jammu . On this Occasion Arun Gupta President CCI unfurled the National Flag along with the newly elected team members Anil Gupta Sr. Vice President , Rajeev Gupta Jr. Vice President, Gaurav Gupta Secretary General, Rajesh Gupta Secretary, Rajesh Gupta Treasurer in presence of other Chamber Members which was followed by Singing National Anthem . Arun Gupta in his address note highlighted the achievement made by the country after independence and recalled the Contribution of all those unsung heroes who helped India become a republic.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/21/2021                                                              Press Note                                                     21st January 2021


In a simple but impressive gathering the new team of Office Bearers took the charge of the office wherein a good number of members of CCI visited Chamber house to greet and convey their best wishes to the newly elected team namely Sh. Arun Gupta, President, Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer. At the outset Sh. Arun Gupta on behalf of newly elected team thanked Mr. Suresh Sharma, Receiver for conducting free, fair and smooth elections of the Office Bearers of CCI. While speaking on the occasion Mr. Arun Gupta said that due to shortage of time we could not invite our members. He further reiterated that everybody whether he is member of CCI or not will get due respect in Chamber House. Sh. Arun Gupta further said that among other issues our priorities will be to solve the problems of Trade and Industry. Mr. Gupta also said that we are aware about the problems being faced by the members regarding GST because of 2G Network and Tourism sector has suffered a lot due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will try our best to get these problems solved at the earliest. Mr. Arun Gupta also requested the government to complete the uncompleted developmental projects including Artificial Lake on River Tawi, Parking at General Bus Stand etc. In the last Mr. Arun Gupta said that we will work jointly with the representatives of Industrial Associations to boost the Industrial sector in our region.