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Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    10-11-2017



Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry alongwith his team of office bearers namely Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary today called upon Sh. Dineshwar Sharma, GOI(MHA) special representative to J&K for peace talks and had threadbare discussions regarding prevailing situation in our state and suggested many corrective measures to be taken by way of submitting a detailed memorandum which reads as under:

That the Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been constantly and repeatedly requesting the Ministry of Home Affairs to enforce laws relating to use of PI systems at all religious places which we feel are major source of trouble and may lead to communal provocation but nothing has been done in this direction till date.

That we have been agitating since long for deporting Rohingyas from Jammu and in the light of the case being pending before the Supreme Court of India we suggest that these illegal immigrants be identified in our state and be confined at a specific area and not be allowed to penetrate in interiors as they can be a major source of communal provocation and a great threat to the national security.

That Post demonetization last year we fear that the random notices sent and being sent to the assesses by Income tax department without matching deposits of demonetized currency in the banks with the turnover may lead to major source of harassment to the assesses and corruption by the Babus and ultimately translate into mass unrest that needs to be looked at carefully.

That we strongly feel that the under privileged people in our state neither have any representation in political dialogues & empowerment and it may not be out of place to mention that these under privileged people feel and have confined themselves in a so called victimized shell. We strongly feel that such people be engaged in the dialogues at different level and we strongly recommend that they be provided with free supply of smart phones so that they can get connected to the rest of the world to speak out their hearts and also get themselves enlightened about what is happening in the outside world.

That unemployment is a big issue which has resulted in misdirecting the youth of our state and we feel that establishment of some mother industries and BPOs could take care of enough job opportunities if they be established in a peaceful region of Jammu.

That we feel that ever since independence the people of Jammu have a sense of political exclusion because the pestering issues concerning Jammu were never addressed.

That our heads bow down in shame and embarrassment when we see the plight of West Pakistan Refugees whom we have not been able to give basic rights, dignity and an postal address. We suggest that a town- ship be created at an appropriate place on the same pattern as done in case of Kashmiri Pandit Migrants so that we could at least give them basic amenities guaranteed by the constitution of India as has been desired by one and all across India.

That the development of Tourist spots in Jammu region is still like a dream and we strongly suggest that these be created on fast track basis with special focus on BSF Parade at Suchetgarh border on the pattern of Waga on urgent basis.

That the 80 thousand crores package announced by the Prime Minister two years back for our state needs transparency in terms of the different projects that were sanctioned so that the people of the State know what the Government of India has sanctioned.

That immediately after 2010 turmoil in the state Panchyat and Local body elections were announced as a part of three tier system of democratic governance which would have involved the people at micro level giving them feeling of empowerment that would have changed their mind set towards political integration system and integration with rest of the country.

That the government of India should strongly consider to facilitate intra region meetings of youth which will help in integration between three region and would ultimately help in understanding each others perspective.

That the silent migration of population of the nationalists from Jammu region to other parts of the country is on account of non-inclusion of the nationalists in the political dialogue as well as the unemployment factor and we also strongly feel that nothing till date has been done to address the issues of the nationalists but only the separatists appeasement policy was followed.

That there should be a consistent policy for peace and development of our state and the recommendations of the interlocutors or working groups should not be just pieces of paper but treated as aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and effective steps be taken to address them.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    7th November 2017



Sh. Rakesh Gupta, Joint President J&K Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industries (JKJCCI) today thanked the State Government, Union Government, His Excellency , The Governor J&K and Ministry of Home Affairs for resumption of Bus Service and the Trade from Chakan-da-bagh which were abruptly stopped since July 10,2017. The Joint Chamber had been constantly meeting all the concerned in the government circles to get these services resumed as soon as possible because by dint of this bus service and trade at LOC points that the people at large from both sides of J&K on LOC had come closer as a part of confidence building measures.

The JKJCCI had before also requested His Excellency, the Governor of J&K and Hon'ble Chief Minister J&K to take necessary corrective measures to make cross LOC trade flawless and meaningful by requesting establishment of a dedicated authority for LOC trade, digitalization of LOC trade, enhancement of security structure, banking facility, transfer of officers at LOC points every six months to avoid any nexus and also suggestions like FDR deposits from Traders doing this business.

The JKJCCI urges the government not to allow any such traders to transact business on these points till the time they have submitted security deposits to the tune of Rs. 5 lacs as security in registration process as has been done by more than 65 traders till now.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    3rd November 2017



In connection with observance of "Vigilance Awareness Week" a programme was organised by Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Chamber House wherein SSP Vigilance Jammu Dr. M. Haseeb Mughal, JKPS was the Chief Guest.

While speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest emphasized on the need and importance of Vigilance Awareness Week and during the deliberations stress was laid on the existing measurers for eradication of corruption from the gross root level from the society for the prosperity and development of the country as a whole.

The prominent among those from the Vigilance Organisation who also participated in the programme include Sh. Kamal Sangra, Sh. Naresh Sharma and Sh. Shakeel Ahmed Inspectors.

The Office bearers of CCI present on the occasion include Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    27th October 2017



Reacting to the statement issued by Sh. Nasir-ul-Islam and carried by Greater Kashmir today the Jammu Chamber issued a strong reaction to Sh. Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam through a personal communication which is attached herewith: While it was a pleasure welcoming you to our office in Jammu alongwith other dignitaries whom we assumed are concerned about the overall development, peace and prosperity of our state but today we feel shocked and anguished after going through an article " Several Jammu groups support Article 35-A: Civil Society Panel" published in Greater Kashmir wherein your goodself has used the words " Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam said that almost a dozen groups in Jammu have been convinced for protecting the special status of the state". Please note that discussing some things does not in any way justify your claim of saying that Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry is convinced on Article 35-A.

Time and again before the media and also the stand of JCCI has been that we repose utmost faith in the Supreme Court of India and this issue being subjudice, we all must wait for the final pronouncement of judgment rather than acting politically. The undersigned would like to advise you that we all together must work towards bringing peace, development and addressing human issues rather than trying to take political mileage out of Civil Society meetings.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    16th October 2017



Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Sh. Rakesh Gupta today welcomed the members from Civil Society of Kashmir comprising of Sh. Muzaffar Shah, Chairman J&K Awami National Conference, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, Dy. Grand Mufti and Chairman Muslim Personal Law Board, Sh. Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman All Party Sikh Coordination Committee Srinagar, Sh. G.N. Shaheen, Advocate and Mir Javed, Advocate who called upon the Jammu Chamber President at Chamber house Jammu. The visiting guests thanked the Jammu Chamber for positive initiatives that were the need of the hour for bridging the gaps between three region of the state.

Mr. G.N.Shaeen, Advocate also discussed the matter of Constitutional guarantee matters given to the state of J&K and Mr. Muzaffar Shah stressed on the need of getting all people from Civil Society on board and resolve differences if any between the three regions. Mr. Shah also suggested to the JCCI President that both Chambers in the state should jointly invite corporate houses from all over the country so that rich natural resources available in the state like Hydro power, flowers, Medicinal herbs, Granite mines, Marble mines, Lime Stone mines, fisheries, Pashmina wool, handicrafts and so on could be the economy game changers.

Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry President assured the visiting guest that Jammu Chamber shall leave no stone unturned to maintain the communal harmony and shall further expand the efforts to get the three regions together and work collectively for better economy and a booming tourism state.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    14TH OCTOBER, 2017



The Joint press conference of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry held on 14th of October, 2017 at Chamber office, Residency road, Srinagar. This press conference has been convened to invite attention towards urgent and important following issues which we are confronted with.

BRAID CHOPPING
RETURN OF POWER PROJECTS
TOURISM
STATUS OF RESCHEDULED LOANS
PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS
BRAID CHOPPING :- We appeal to parents, teachers, social groups, intellectuals and leaders of all levels to intervene and help in dispersal of these groups and restoring normalcy in the State. We urge and appeal all quarters to exercise maximum restraint. We also request the authorities responsible for maintaining Law and Order to initiate measures for restoring confidence of the general public so that normalcy is restored and also take effective action to bring culprits to book.

RETURN OF POWER PROJECTS :- It seems to have become a routine with leaders holding responsible positions in the State and the Central Government to issue statements which tend to disregard the views and sentiments of the people of our State and also threaten to vitiate the harmony of the State. The latest in this sequence would be the statement issued by the Mr. R K Singh, Union Power Minister who has ruled out the return of these projects and proceeded to compare Jammu and Kashmir with Uttar Pradesh and other states. We respectfully submit that Jammu and Kashmir, because of its unique constitutional position can never be compared to Uttar Pradesh or any other state of the country. We have reason to believe that our resources have been exploited and would simply like to have our losses quantified and compensated.

Without going into the merits of the issue, it would be pertinent to mention that the return of the Power Projects has been an important demand of people of Jammu and Kashmir and is based on facts, logic and is seen as a matter of right accrued due to the exploitation of our resources because of the Indus Water Treaty. This demand is supported by political parties across the board and also finds reflection in the Agenda of Alliance of the two parties ruling the State. The Hon’ble Prime Minister is requested to restrain members of his team from issuing any such statement which, apart from being premature and unnecessary, may be seen as a disrespect to the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. These are serious and grave issues requiring debate and resolution through engagement. The viewpoint of the people of Jammu and Kashmir needs to be heard and accorded appropriate respect to. As a start, we urge the State Government to aggressively follow up the handing over of those projects whose agreements stand expired.

STATUS OF RESCHEDULED LOANS :- Our Chambers therefore are proposing the following preliminary interventions by the State/Central Governments for resurrection of our sagging economy through a properly designed package ;

1. Adjustment of interest on restructured loans funded by banks (FITL) for the period from the date of original restructuring to June, 2018 through waiver of the entire interest.

2. Extension and restructuring in repayment of principal amount of loan by a marginal time period till June, 2018.

3. For those borrowers who have not opted for any rehabilitation schemes post flood, concessions by way of reduction of 5 percent in rate of interest for the period commencing from 2014 till date.

4. Banks to make a clear distinction between chronic and wilful defaulters and borrowers whose repayment capacity has been adversely impacted by the circumstances. Whereas, our Chambers have a zero tolerance policy for chronic and wilful defaulters but we would go on to put all our weight behind circumstantial defaulters. They deserve this and maybe more. We expect banks to desist from using any coercive measure, for recovery of the outstanding amount which will be opposed tooth and nail by our Chambers.

5. We would also propose a special preferential scheme for new and young entrepreneurs who wish to make a fresh start in commercial activities.

6. With regard to the enforcement of the SARFAESI Act, our respective Chambers are of the considered opinion that keeping in view the current conditions, any action taken under this Act would be an contradiction to the relief and rehabilitation measures being proposed and detrimental to the larger economic interests of the State.

TOURISM :- While as seeking relief and rehabilitation support from the Government and Financial Institutions, our Chambers are also conscious of the need to resurrect the critically stressed sectors of our economy. At the end of the day, our private sector has to survive and stand on their own. Relief and hand holding by the State – although necessary - can only be temporary measures. In this regard, various emergency measures are presently being undertaken.

With regard to the Tourism Sector, we realize that the immediate generation of business is critical at this stage. Our Chambers propose to jointly lead a high powered delegation for direct interaction with the State Governments and Chambers of potential domestic markets across the country. It will be a promotional exercise primarily undertaken by the private sector and all major tourism bodies are requested to assist us in making this a result oriented promotion.

PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS :- After deliberations between our Chambers we have decided to constitute joint study groups to regularly make public the quantum of loss and wastage, political interference, and lack of accountability in particular PSU’s and most importantly their potential profitability. In this regard, we would start this exercise with focusing on the following PSU's:

1. The J&K Tourism Development Corporation;

2. The State Road Transport Corporation;

3. The State Power Development Corporation.

4. The J&K Cements Limited.

We realize that the above endeavours would involve a heavy work load and in this context would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all sections of our society, especially our young generation next of students and also academicians, scholars and sector specific experts to come forward and give us logistical support for creating a environment of transparency and accountability in all sections of the society.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   



The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta alongwith the other office bearers Rajeev Gupta and Gaurav Gupta accompanied by the Bus stand traders called upon the Divisional Commissioner Sh. MK Bhandari to complain against the working of Jammu Development Authority and their inhuman and brutal action yesterday at bud stand. On this occasion the Inspector General of Police Sh.SD Singh , Deputy Commissioner Jammu and the VC JDA were also present.

The CCI President demanded a high level inquiry into the incident of the brutal action of the JDA and stone pelting by the JDA staff resulting into injuries to the shopkeepers and even the SHO of police. The Divisional Commissioner ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked for the report to be submitted within 3 days after which the CCI will submit their demands of action against the JDA officials.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    11th October 2017



The Chamber of Commerce & Industry condemns the use of force by the Jammu Development Authority in the Bus Stand Area in which Shopkeepers were brutally attacked and seriously injured. The Chamber warns the Jammu Development Authority to desist from any use of force against business community and work with restraint. The Chamber demands judicial enquiry into the said incident.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    11th October 2017



The Chamber welcomes the statement issued by Sh. Sham Lal Choudhary, Hon'ble Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control that appeared in the local dailies today assuring that the Artificial Lake Project on River Tawi shall be completed within four months. It is pertinent to note that the Dy. Chief Minister has termed Artificial Lake Project as a non viable / big scam to which the Chamber of Commerce & Industry reacted sharply stating that after spending crores of rupees of public money how could Dy. Chief Minister issue such a irresponsible and baseless statement. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta reposes full faith in the assurance given by Sh. Sham Lal Choudhary and expects that the concerned agency responsible for the construction of said project will seek consultations from the premier institutions like IIT to solve the problems and hurdles if any and make sure that this dream project which will attract thousands of tourists to Jammu City becomes a reality soon.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    8th October 2017



Sh. Rakesh Gupta President of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry today called upon Sh. Ram Madhav National General Secretary of the BJP at his official residence in New Delhi. The Chamber President briefed him about the ground situation in J&K State. The issues relating to Economy, Development and Security were also discussed. The Chamber President requested Sh. Ram Madhav to pay a visit to the Chamber House on his next visit to the state so that the Chamber Members could apprise him of the problems being faced by the Trade and the Industry especially post implementation of GST.

The Chamber President also expressed concern and conveyed to Sh. Ram Madhav that the planned incentives to the Industries in the J&K State were not enough and that our state should have got the same bundle of incentives as was being given to the North Eastern States. The Chamber President also brought to his notice the Chambers demands of abolition of Toll Tax at Lakhanpur post after implementation of GST, Resumption of abandoned works for Artificial Lake on River Tawi, sanctioning of Mother Industries for Jammu & Kashmir, Deportation of Rohingyas , better health care facilities, resumption of LOC trade from Poonch , GST issues, Tourism Promotion , Master Plan and many other issues of importance.

Sh Ram Madhav assured the Chamber President that Jammu and Kashmir State was very close to his heart and the Central leadership of BJP and the state coalition government shall do all possible efforts for peace, progress and prosperity and development of all the three regions equitably. He also assured that all the genuine concerns of the Chamber shall be taken up on his next visit to the J&K State soon.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    6TH OCTOBER, 2017



In response to the support extended by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry on issues of common interest of Trade, Commerce and Industry of Jammu & Kashmir and in the interests of persons engaged in such activities, both our Chambers have decided to unite in highlighting the numerous focus areas and specific interventions required by the State and Central Governments.

With regard to policy matters and issues wherein there are divergent views, it has been decided that both the Chambers - with respect to the sentiments and views of people of both the regions – will restrain themselves from raising such issues which may have a tendency to vitiate the environment, have political colors and are not directly related to Trade, Commerce and Industry. Having said that, we would now like to address some principal areas where in both the Chambers feel that urgent and decisive intervention is required:

1. TOURISM:- Promotion of Intra-Regional Tourism Circuit The Chambers would like to advise the Government to have a systematic and professionally managed promotional campaign to promote leisure, adventure, religious and border tourism as we feel that the real potential of this sector is untapped.

We request the State Government to urge the Central Government to take a policy decision to instruct all departments/ministries to hold Departmental Conferences in J&K State so that people across the country know the ground realities, culinary heritage and themselves see the peaceful atmosphere and the rich culture of the State.

Although the Tourism Sector has been declared as an Industry in the year 1995 but the sector is being denied incentives as per the Industrial Policy by the Power Development Department.

2. MASTER PLAN :- The Chambers express grave concern and displeasure over the way the current Master Plans are being designed ignoring the ground realities and not taking into consideration the urgent requirement of changes to be made regarding Land Use, Provisions for new commercial spaces, Parking & Other Utilities. The Building Laws, Floor Area Ratios, Setbacks, Zoning Plans and Permissible Building Heights are areas where both the Chambers have serious reservations.

Both the Chambers also urge the State Government to extend till 31st March, 2018 the Ordinance regarding the J&K Civic Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Act, 2014 as the Master Plan is yet be finalized.

3. DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS :- We urge the State Government to fix the deadlines for completion of all developmental projects being undertaken throughout the State as the delay in completion translates into cost escalations and ultimately these projects turn into financial nightmares for all the stakeholders.

Our Chambers would also request the Government to fix accountability of officers in-charge of such projects.

The Chambers feel stunned and anguished over the recent statement by the Deputy Chief Minister declaring the Artificial Lake Project on River Tawi as a big scam and non-viable as a project. The Chambers question the Deputy Chief Minister that is the in-charge ministry also a party to this scam as there has been neither any enquiry nor any suspension of any official in connection with the alleged scam.

The Chambers advise the Government to revisit the Artificial Lake Project in consultation with any of the IIT's.

The absence of a proper Tendering and Procurement Policy by the State Government is also of prime concern to both the Chambers as this results in the inordinate delays in projects and huge cost escalations. In addition the Chambers jointly question the State Government over the non-implementation of the Delayed Payment Act. The delay in receipt of payments from Government Departments has had a crippling effect on the concerned members of the business community.

4. PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS:- We are concerned at the losses to our economy being caused by the lack of accountability in the Public Sector Undertakings. A conservative estimate shows the current liabilities of these PSU's to be upwards of Rs.10,000 Crores. In addition, the locking up of resources in the shape of infrastructure, land, manpower and potential has a consolidated negative impact – primary and consequential - running into lakhs of crores. Other important sectors like Handicrafts, Tourism, Power, Manufacturing, LOC Trade, Horticulture and Agriculture suffer due to the lack of a clear and proactive policy. A coordinated effort in this direction would go a long way in pulling our economy out of it’s present state.

The preference to local industry in line with the Industrial Policy of 2016 passed by the State Cabinet is not being implemented with regard to "Purchase and Price Preference" by the Power Development Department to the local industrial units resulting in bringing these units to the verge of closure.

With one of the highest Transmission & Distribution Losses in the world, our State needs a serious relook at the system. Even though, T&D losses have been marginally reduced, still the percentage remains quite alarming.

5. EASE OF DOING BUSINESS :- We urge the State Government to put in place the Single Window Systems for all the Sectors especially in the Industrial Sector where the Chambers expect the availability of land, power and other utilities to be unambiguously specified.

6. CREDIT CARD/DEBIT CARD WAIVER OF CHARGES:- The Chambers urge the State Government to take up the issue of waiver of charges on Debit/Credit Card with the Reserve Bank of India.

Both the chambers of Jammu & Kashmir shall be jointly addressing issues and conveying press conferences regularly as and when may be required.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    5th October 2017



The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu President Sh. Rakesh Gupta called upon the newly elected President and his team of Office bearers of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry in their office at Srinagar and congratulated them. Both the Chamber Presidents discussed economic and developmental issues and the burning issues that were not being addressed and made consensus of certain issues which may be taken up at a joint Press Conference soon.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    3rd October 2017



The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry met today at Chamber house under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta to discuss the problems being faced by business community post implementation of GST in the State of J&K and after serious deliberations an urgent communication was sent to Sh. Arun Jaitely, Hon'ble Union Finance Minister which reads as under:

We would like to bring to your notice that smooth operation of business in all sector has hit a road block. We request you to consider the below points on priority basis so that the complex system of GST be simplified:-

a) That we request the GST-1,2&3 return should be on quarterly basis and the payment of GST on monthly basis.

b) That there should be no penalty in any form for discrepancies whatsoever in filling of GST returns till the closure of current financial year.

c) That the long time being taken in correction of PAN Card has resulted in non migration from VAT to GST which needs to be looked into urgently.

d) That the dream of digital India and e-payment can only be achieved if the charges for the use of credit and debit cards be abolished. It may not be out of place to mention that last year during the demonetization process there were no charges applicable on usage of debit cards. Also the Traders and the Industrialists are not in a position to absorb these charges out of their low profit margin and ultimately the business people shall have no choice but to refuse the usage of such cards.

The other Office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    29th September 2017



Chamber of Commerce & Industry today organized a function at Chamber House to accord farewell to Sh. Ashkoor Wani, IPS IGP and Dr. Sunil Gupta, IPS SSP to thank them for their contribution towards their efforts to keep a peaceful atmosphere in and around Jammu and drug free. Dr. S.D.Singh, IPS IGP Jammu was the Chief Guest on the occasion and Sh. Manohar Singh, SSP and Sh. Arun Manhas Additional Commissioner were also present on the occasion.
At the outset flower bouquets were presented to the dignitaries.
While speaking on the occasion Mr. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry appreciated the efforts and the services of Sh. Ashkoor Ahmad Wani, IPS and Dr. Sunil Gupta IPS
While speaking on the occasion Sh. Ashkoor Ahmad Wani, IPS and Dr. Sunil Gupta, IPS thanked the office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the members of the business community for their whole hearted support extended to them during their tenure as DIG Jammu-Kathua range and SSP Jammu respectively.
The other Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present on the occasion include Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta Treasurer

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    23rd September 2017



Sh. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, Chairman All India Anti Terrorist Front and former Minister in Punjab Government paid a surprise visit to Chamber House. He was accompanied by the members of All India Anti Terrorist front. Sh. Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry alongwith his team welcomed him and later many issues pertaining to national security were discussed. On this occasion Sh. M.S.Bitta appreciated the role of Jammu Chamber for taking firm stand on deportation of Rohingyas and also urged one and all irrespective of religion to work towards strengthening nationalist forces and give a befitting reply to the anti nationals.
The other office bearers of CCI present on this occasion include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President and Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    18th September 2017



Chamber of Commerce & Industry feels more than satisfied for the overwhelming voluntary response of the business establishments in Jammu who observed complete bandh on the bandh call given by Chamber of Commerce & Industry in support of the pending demands of the Chamber and against irresponsible and unwanted statement of State BJP Chief. It is pertinent to note that the bandh was completely peaceful and no violence took place and also nobody was forced to close down their business establishment. The Chamber did not enforce Chakajam because of requests from many organisations and people at large as it would cause inconvenience to everyone. Chamber also allowed the Chemist shop to remain open so that the patients do not suffer for want of medicines.
Regarding Chamber's pending demands of abolition of toll tax at Lakhanpur after identifying few sensitive products manufactured by Industries, starting of works for AIIMS hospital , setting up of accountability mechanism for the ministers by the central leadership, modification in the Master Plan, Holding of enquiry regarding power crises, early notification announcing incentives to the industry and early deportation of Rohingyas, the Chamber shall hold a meeting of all the affiliated associations as soon as Navratars are over and decide the future course of action to get the genuine demands fulfilled. Regarding the demand of state holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh the Chamber felt shocked to see the response of the main organisations who were demanding it to be declared holiday but did not morally support the Jammu Bandh.
The Chamber of Commerce & Industry sincerely thanks the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry for their communication supporting most of the demands of Jammu Chamber and their advice on some divergent issues.
The Chamber conveys heartfelt thanks to all the members of the business community for voluntary compliance on observing peaceful shut down which clearly indicates their dissatisfaction towards the working of Ministers and the Chamber hopes that the Central leadership of BJP shall ensure that the issues on which they got the mandate from Jammu province are addressed at the earliest.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    16th September 2017



At an urgently convened Press Conference at Chamber house, The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta announced that the time has come when not only trade, industry, transport but every common man who is citizen of J&K needs to wake up against the unilateral attitude of the people occupying the seats of power and question the working of majority of ministers who feel that they are not accountable. The Chamber President felt the need of communicating grievances to the Union Home Minister on his recent visit to Jammu and expected that the state BJP shall rise to the occasion and start working in a positive manner but on the contrary the statement of Sh. Sat Sharma state President BJP telecasted by Ghulistan on 15th September that few complaints to the Home Minister do not matter speak volumes about the intensions and integrity of their working.
The Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Sh. Rakesh Gupta announces one day complete shutdown in Jammu province of all business establishments and Chaka Jam on Monday 18th September 2017 against the statement of State President of BJP. The Chamber President appeals to one and all in Jammu province to observe complete shutdown and Chaka Jam in a very peaceful manner to express resentment against the unaccountable and insincere working of majority of the ministers. The Chamber further warns the government that if our genuine demands of not met with and if proper accountability mechanism is not activated then the Chamber and the people of Jammu shall have no option but to go for indefinite bandh soon after Navratras.
The major demands of the Chamber are as under:

Toll tax at Lakhanpur


That the toll tax being charged by the state government on goods since more than two decades on the pretext to safeguard the industry be abolished and the industry be incentivised through alternate mechanism as the state revenue has increased multi fold after the implementation of GST as a part of one nation one tax, otherwise the business community will have no option but to charge this component of toll tax from the end consumer for which the state government shall be responsible.

AIIMS


That the Chamber expresses dissatisfaction over the slow pace of acquiring land for AIIMS at Vijaypur sanctioned almost two years back and questions as to why negotiations are being done with few people illegally occupying some portion of sanctioned land and not taking effective steps to evict these illegal occupants.

Accountability


The Chamber demands high level enquiry into shelving of artificial lake project on River Tawi on which a some of Rs. 76 crores approximately had already being spent and funded by the Union government.

Master Plan


The Chamber feels totally dissatisfied the way the Master Plan for Jammu has been devised. The Chamber feels that it is just a copy paste work being done by the JDA and the new Master Plan has not taken into consideration the vast commercial expansion that took place over the years and the Chamber demands that the Master Plan be relooked and modifications be done as per ground realities and requirements.

Power Crises


The Chamber questions the state power minister that even after spending thousands of crores on rebuilding and redesigning the power infrastructure in the state why the unscheduled power cuts have not yet been stopped and the T&D losses reduced. Chamber demands high level enquiry by the Union Power Minister to enquire into the whole gamut.

Incentives to Industry


The Chamber questions the intensions of the Industry Minister as to why the notification for continuing the incentives to the Industry has not been issued even after the implementation of GST in the state on July , 8 the Chamber President also expresses dissatisfaction that the state industry minister could neither project not present the plight of the industry and the working conditions in our state to get incentives on the pattern of proposed incentive package to the North Eastern State as J&K state can in no way be equated with Punjab or Himachal Pardesh.

State Holiday on the Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh


The Chamber President demands that the state should announce 23rd September as a state holiday which is the birth anniversary of Late Sh. Maharaja Hari Singh JI as a mark of respect to the great ruler who not only protected the state on every aspect but also to thank his soul for the vision he had to join the great country i.e India.

Rohingyas


That as already represented to the Union Home Minister the Chamber demands immediate deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu to outside the state as the Chamber feels that neither these illegal intruders come under the definition of Refugees nor the UNHRC cards have any validity in the state of J&K. The Chamber further warns any voices in our state who speak on behalf of Rohingyas to desist from making any statement which are contrary to the basic constitution of J&K.
The other Office bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    12th September 2017



Sh. Nazir Ahmad Laway, Hon'ble Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha today paid a surprise visit to Chamber house at Rail Head Complex Jammu. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta welcomed the Rajya Sabha Member and conveyed him thanks for paying surprise visit to the Chamber house. Later Mr. Laway took a round of Chamber house to know about the working and facilities available in Chamber house and also suggested many new things for improvements and also updated Chamber President about the initiatives being taken by the Government of India to help the trade and industry to grow and prosper. Mr. Laway also assured the Chamber President that the government was committed for the overall growth of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. On this occasion Chamber President apprised the visiting dignitary about the problems being faced by the Trade and Industry after the implementation of GST in the state of J&K on which Mr. Nazir Ahmad Laway assured to take up the matter with the Union Finance Minister.
The other Office bearers present on the occasion include Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    11th September 2017




The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta alongwith his office bearers namely Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer called on Sh. Rajnath Singh Hon'ble Union Home Minister in Jammu and presented him the below Memorandum.

Law and Order


a) That on your previous visit to Jammu we had requested for removal of PI systems from all religious places which we feel are major source of trouble and may lead to communal provocations but we regret to say that no action has been taken till date.
b) That we had also requested that no illogical statements should be issued by anyone from the Union Government without knowing the ground realities in this sensitive state which lead to Jammu V/s Kashmir and ultimately Kashmir V/s India but still the issuing of statements for mere political gains are being made.
c) That we have been agitating since long for deporting Rohingyas from Jammu but we see only in Newspapers that Union Government is serious about deporting them but no action on ground has been seen which we feel shall be big security threat in the coming days. It is pertinent to note that these Rohingyas cannot be termed as "Refugees" as neither they are registered with the security agencies nor concentrated at single place in Jammu but spread all across to escape the eyes of security agencies. We would like to mention that UNHRC cards have no validity as per the constitution of our state, hence even if some of them have these cards, they are irrelevant.
LOC Trade and Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry
a) That after the recent NIA raids and their findings about Hawala money we strongly suggest that no government official should be posted for more than six months at the trade/ transit points at Chakandabagh and Salamabad so that no one can enter into any sort of nexus which ultimately leads to maligning of this important confidence building measure between India and Pakistan. The Chamber believes that our nation's security is more important than any other issue, hence proper and foolproof mechanism needs to be put in place so that neither hawala nor drugs or arms cross these trade/ transit point.
b) That we strongly request that a trade authority at Chakandabad and Salamabad be approved who shall be overall incharge of different departments and security agencies at both the points in Jammu and Kashmir as a part of "Ease to do business".
c) That we strongly recommend proper audit of verification of traders carrying on trade at LOC points.
d) That we also suggest and recommend a minimum security deposit of Rs. 5 lacs from each firm as a pre-requisite for registration so that these traders are under the radar of Income Tax department.

Working of Ministers


a) That a common man is feeling cheated who has voted sincerely in the assembly elections because of their blind faith in our Hon'ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi as there is neither any accountability nor any responsibility fixed for the ministers in our state by the central leadership.
b) That we request a team of independent observers be sent by the Union government who should visit the main areas of the state and interact with a common man independently to know the working and ground realities as on date even after three years of coalition government in the state.

Development


a) That we urge the Union Ministry to ask the state government the status of completion of prestigious tourism related sanctioned projects and the deadline for their completion.
b) That we request the Union government to question the state government about shelving of artificial lake on River Tawi, the DPR of which and funding was sanctioned by the Union Ministry as we feel this project would be a cynosure for the tourists.
c) That we suggest the Union Government to allocate special advertisement budget to promote religious tourism circuits especially Mata Vaishno Devi, Shahdra Sharief , Nangali Sahaib and Budha Amarnath in Jammu province.
d) That we have been made to understand that the Union Government has agreed and sanctioned Chamber’s demand of holding of Parade by Border Security force on the pattern of Wagha at Suchetgarh on our side of border but we do not see any activity on ground towards creating infrastructure for the same.
e) That thousands of crores has been spent on development of infrastructure through IRCON in power sector funded by Union government but still the power crises in Jammu remains the same making the life of not only the business people miserable but of a common man too.

Incentives to Industries


a) That we strongly urge the Union Government not to compare the state of J&K with Himachal or Uttrakhand but to treat our state at par with the Industrial package proposed for the north eastern states considering the militancy, remote location and bordering with China and Pakistan.

GST


a) That we demand that no penalties in any form for discrepancies whatsoever in filling of GST returns be imposed till the closing of current financial year.
b) That we feel the reverse charge mechanism has created utter confusion and needs to be simplified.
c) That the total accounting procedure has been changed and we strongly believe that neither there are enough Chartered Accountants not Accountants to handle the load of huge assesses, hence we request that the GST returns should be on quarterly basis and the payment on monthly basis.
d) That we also request the Union government to take the stock of Internet facilities in the state of J&K, especially in Rural areas and also a communication from the Union government laying down guidelines for snapping of Internet services which now has become a common feature.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    9th September 2017



The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry met today at Chamber House under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta to discuss some major burning issues regarding overall development of Jammu region and after serious deliberations an urgent communication was sent to Dr. Nirmal Singh, Honable Dy. Chief Minister J&K State which reads as under:-
This is to bring into your kind notice that Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu had great expectations from the present coalition government as far as the power sector, Master Plan and overall development of Jammu is concerned but today we feel that there is no accountability of either any officers or the minister at the helm of affairs. We would like to bring some major burning issues for your kind considerations and urgent action as below
Even after spending thousands of crores through IRCON the power crises and unscheduled power cuts that too in peak summers have made the life of common man miserable as also the traders and the industrialists have to spend more on Gensets and other such gadgets which also lead to polluting the air in Jammu province.
That the Chamber of Commerce & Industry and every common citizen of Jammu had excepted some relief by through new Master Plan which could come up as per the practical requirements of the present scenario but nothing such happened leading to notices off and on to the people regarding the construction of houses or business establishments that happened in the past. It is pertinent to note that these constructions did not come up over night but these works were carried out with the knowledge of the concerned enforcing agencies of the government. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry had expected that the land use of such areas where huge commercial establishment are operating be changed to commercial which never happened as also the housing and Jammu Development Authorities miserably failed to come up with any such commercial outlets so that the new entrepreneurs could start their business.
That there are ample places for providing parking facilities in almost all localities throughout Jammu but we see that only most of the projects sanctioned by the previous governments are being carried out and no major initiative has been taken under your leadership.
That every citizen of Jammu feels anguished over shelving the prestigious artificial lake project on river Tawi, the DPR and funding of which was sanctioned by the Union Ministry.
That Chamber of Commerce & Industry expresses serious concern over the slow pace for creation of AIIMS that was sanctioned long time back and because of this slow pace the health care is suffering badly in Jammu.
That we have been made to understand that Chamber"s demand of Parade by BSF at Suchetgarh on the pattern of Wagha on our side of border has been sanctioned by the Union Ministry, but we see nothing happening towards the development of infrastructure at Suchetgarh as this project could attract thousands of tourists for border tourism.
That we question the departments like Housing and Jammu Development Authority towards creating new residential colonies which are need of the hour because of souring prices of land and their inefficiency to do so.
The Chamber of Commerce & Industry demands that the government must announce a specific deadline for completion of ongoing developmental projects like artificial lake over river tawi, development of river Tawi on the pattern of Sabarmati, the restoration works of Mubarak Mandi, the Gandola Project in Jammu and Patnitop and also fix the responsibility and accountability measures on the departments who are undertaking these prestigious projects. We also demand that the religious circuit of Mata Vaishno Devi, Shahdra Sharief, Nangali Sahib and Budha Amarnath in Jammu province be promoted through special Ad campaign and proper infrastructure be created for the facilities of the pilgrim tourists.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    16th August 2017



The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Madam Mehbooba Mufti today in Srinagar.
The Chamber President apprised the Hon’ble Chief Minister regarding the problems being faced by the trade and the Industry after implementation of GST on July 08. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry President requested the Hon'ble Chief Minister that the notification for incentives to Industry was much delayed and should not be delayed further. He also requested he Hon’ble Chief Minister that last date for filling the GST returns must be extended.
The Chamber President also thanked the Hon'ble Chief Minister for timely completion of prestigious projects like multi storey parking in City Chowk and the expansion of Airport Terminal which shall be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister tomorrow.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    14-08-2017



The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry met today at Chamber house under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta to discuss the problems being faced by Trade and Industry post implementation of GST in the State of J&K and after serious deliberations an urgent communication was sent to the Chairman GST Council New Delhi and Dr. Haseeb A Drabu, Hon’ble Finance Minister J&K which reads as under:
We would like to submit that the last date to file GST- R 3B may please be extended and also the migration date from VAT to GST on account of the following reasons:
1. That the rest of India has started the gearing up to switch over to the GST regime since September last year but because of political problems it was not certain that GST will be implemented here or not. It was only after the notification on July 08 that the process of awareness campaigns and the migration from VAT to GST started.
2. That the migration process from VAT to GST is still going on and large number of assesses are still to do the same.
3. That the notification for special incentives to the Industrialists in the State of J&K has yet to be issued by both Govt. of India and the State Government which were available under the VAT regime, in the absence of which Industrialists shall not be in a position to file any such returns.
We will be highly thankful and feel obliged if the notification for the extension in the date of filling GST-R 3B and the migration date be extended by atleast one month.
In another communication sent to Dr. Haseeb A Drabu, Hon’ble Finance Minister J&K and Commissioner Commercial taxes J&K Chamber requested that the last VAT Return from July 01 to July 07 should be necessarily filed by the assesses at an early date so that the benefit of claiming input credit on closing stock is allowed but there is utter confusion regarding filling date of such returns. We request you kindly to issue a separate notification in this regard at the earliest stating the last date of filling this return.
The other Office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    01-08-2017



The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry met today at Chamber house under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta to discuss the problems being faced by Trade and Industry post implementation of GST in the State of J&K and after serious deliberations an urgent communication was sent to Dr. Haseeb A Drabu, Hon’ble Finance Minister J&K which reads as under:
While we are thankful to your goodselves for announcing Amnesty Scheme on VAT and GST periods before, we would like to request you once again to extend the date for the same of which the last date was today i.e. 01-08-2017.
It would not be out of place to mention that the business world had already moved to GST regime as such we feel it is important that there are no business issues left to be handled for smooth transition. We hope that our request shall be accepted and Amnesty scheme announced at the earliest to avoid litigations and harassment to the business people.
The other Office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    25th July 2017



As a part of GST awareness and the problems being faced by Traders and Industrialists, the Officers of the Commercial Tax department led by Madam Annu Malhotra, Additional Commissioner Commercial Taxes on the request of President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta held series of interactive sessions at Chamber house and answered many queries raised by the different traders. Today was the second day of the series of sessions held trade wise and major six trades included Cloth Merchants, Jewellers, Spare Part Dealers, Electronics Dealers, Hardware, Paint and Sanitary Dealers and Pharmaceutical Distributors attended these sessions. Most of their queries were answered to the satisfaction of all by the Commercial tax department officers. The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry namely Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer also attended these sessions.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    15th July 2017



On the request of Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sh. Ashok Khajuria, Hon’ble MLC visited the Chamber house and inspected the up-gradation works carried out after the funds were provided by him out of his CDS last year. Sh. Ashok Khajuria on this occasion expressed satisfaction on the way the up-gradation and modernisation works were done. He also announced to provide a sum of RS. 10 lacs more out of his CDS for completion of ongoing up-gradation works and creation of state of art Library with Video Conferencing facility.
On this occasion Sh. Ashok Khajuria highlighted the achievements and vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Narendra Modi and assured one and all present that nationalist forces will prevail in the state of J&K and his party shall leave no stone unturned for development of all the three regions equitably.
The other office bearers of CCI present on the occasion include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    15th July 2017



Today on the request of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. P.K. Bhat, Additional Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Tax Planning) alongwith his team visited Chamber House to conduct the seminar / question hour on GST wherein Chamber had invited its members from Trade and Industry to seek clarification regarding various challenges being faced by them for the smooth implementation of GST. On this occasion Sh. P.K, Bhat and his team answered most of the queries raised by the members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry and he also requested Chamber of Commerce & Industry to send written request regarding Complex issues for which written advice and answers could be sent by the Commercial Tax department so that there was no confusion left. Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta thanked the visiting officers of the Commercial tax department for sparing their valuable time for this issue and also assured all the members that Trade and Industry specific programmes will be convened at Chamber House on regular basis.
The other office bearers of CCI present on the occasion include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    13th July 2017



Sh. Navin Kumar Choudhary Commissioner Secretary Finance today paid surprise visit to the Chamber House. First he took a round of the Chamber House and inspected the up-gradation works carried out after the grant-in-aid provided by the government in the recent past. Later he had a thorough discussion with the President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta and the Office bearers regarding implementation of GST and enquired about the problems being faced by Trade and Industry.
Chamber President apprised the Commissioner Secretary Finance that in absence of clarity regarding remission to Industry it was not possible for the Industrialists to carry on business and raise invoices. The Chamber President also requested the Commissioner Secretary Finance that the government should take up the matter of reducing GST on Walnuts and Almonds with the GST Council. Chamber President also requested him regarding the issue of Toll tax at Lakhanpur for which the Commissioner Secretary Finance asked the Chamber Office Bearers to have serious meetings with the traders and industrial members and identify sensitive products being manufactured by the industry which could be safeguarded by way of toll tax and also identify those items on which the traders are incurring losses. The Chamber also took up the matter of controlling flight of trade from neighbouring states so that Automobile dealers do not lose their sales. Commissioner Secretary said that written suggestions from Chamber be sent how to stop the flight of trade so that needful be done at the earliest. The Chamber President also requested Commissioner Secretary Finance to provide experts who could make the traders and industrialists aware on the subject of GST and answer the queries for which he assured the Chamber to provide with the same.
The other office bearers of CCI present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    11 July 2017



The Chamber of Commerce & Industry today staged a symbolic protest at City Chowk Jammu to condemn the cowardly act carried out by the terrorists to fire upon and kill innocent Amarnath pilgrims mostly women. Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta said and appealed to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Madam Mehbooba Mufti to send bangles for these terrorist organisations as they did inhuman act of killing innocent Amarnath Yatries that too women that is not allowed in any religion. Chamber President also thanked one and all of Jammuites for observing one day peaceful bandh and also to the Muslim brethren who observed complete shutdown in Muslim dominated areas. Chamber President alongwith members also prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace.
Chamber also took up the matter of snapping the Internet services with the district administration and conveyed that Jammu province has always stood by brotherhood hence to restore the Internet services by today evening and the administration assured the Chamber President to do the needful. The Chamber President also appealed to all Indians in India and worldwide to come out in large numbers for Amarnath pilgrimage to give a befitting reply to the coward terrorists.
The other office bearers of CCI present in the protest include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    10th July 2017



An emergency meeting was convened at Chamber house on the request of President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta wherein Presidents/ Secretaries of 125 major organisation under the umbrella of Chamber were invited keeping in view the continuation of Toll tax at Lakhanpur even after the implementation of GST which has become a major source of resentment among the traders in toto. All the Presidents of associations spoke on the occasion and the house was of unanimous view that toll tax at Lakhanpur should be abolished and as far as the safeguarding of few products being manufactured by the Industries in the state, the house suggested that government should find some other via media to incentivise the industries in lieu of charging toll on goods to the traders.
Later Hon’ble Speaker J&K State Legislative Assembly Sh. Kavinder Gupta also visited the Chamber house wherein the Chamber firstly thanked the hon’ble Speaker for handling the assembly proceedings in a matured and effective manner due to which the GST resolution could be passed. The Hon’ble Speaker on this occasion also announced more CDF Funds for the ongoing development works at Chamber house. The Chamber President assured the house that the matter of the toll tax at Lakhanpur should be taken up with the State government forcefully and soon the government shall arrive upon a reasonable decision.
The other office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    8th July 2017



The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry met today at Chamber house under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta to discuss the problems being faced by Trade and Industry post implementation of GST in the State of J&K. Serious deliberations were made and an urgent communication addressed to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Dr. HAseeb A Drabu was sent our which reads as under:
While we thank you for adopting GST regime and implementing the same in the State of J&K, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry sincerely advises your department to play a role of an advisor rather than an enforcement agency for smooth implementation of GST in the State of J&K. We request your goodselves that to pass on necessary instructions to the concerned that no one from Commercial tax department should visit the business market or the Industry with the enforcement mission. It may not be out of place to mention that many clarifications need to be sought regarding billing pattern, Industrial incentives, toll tax at Lakhanpur and so on. Until that time we request your department to cooperate with the business world and Chamber of Commerce & Industry assures your department that Chamber will fully cooperate for the smooth implementation of GST in the State.
The Chamber of Commerce & Industry warns the mischievous elements whether they are in trade, industry, politician or anyone who are trying to create panic by spreading rumours in social media calling for Jammu band to desist from such activities. The Chamber also warns such associations which do not follow the election process and are holding positions against their constitution. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry assures the trade and industry that Chamber is in constant touch with the government and very shortly next week meetings shall be organised between the Chamber and the government regarding incentives / remission for Industries and Toll tax being levied at Lakhanpur. Chamber also assures trade and industry that necessary hurdles whether it is Toll tax or the illegal entry fee being charged by the traffic police from Lakhanpur to Ladakh shall be opposed tooth and nail from the vehicles whether Commercial or Tourists can have free movement in our state so that a positive message is sent across the Country.
The other office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    3rd July 2017



An emergency meeting was convened today at Chamber house at the request of President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta wherein more than 200 Market, Trade and Industrial Associations participated. The Chamber unanimously welcomed the decision of the government to call for a Special State Assembly session for smooth and early implementation of GST. It was discussed and decided to keep close watch on special assembly session and identify the politicians who are hell-bent upon plunging the state into economic crises and threatening the livelihood of lakhs of Traders & Industrialists. It was unanimously decided that any politician who opposes the implementation of GST irrespective of political party shall not be spared for his illogical and unjust stand. The Chamber President assured all the Presidents and Secretaries of the associations that GST shall be implemented in the state in next few days. The other Office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    30th June 2017



The Jammu Chamber President Sh Rakesh Gupta who has been camping in Srinagar for the last few days to ensure timely and smooth implementation of GST in the state of Jammu and Kashmir called upon the Hon ble CM and also the Finance minister and apprised them of the fall out if GST is not implemented and also conveyed that no goods can be imported from outside the state from July 1 till the time GST is implemented which may lead to shortage of essential supplies. The CM and the Finance Minister have assured the Chamber President that a session of the assembly has been convened from July 3 and GST shall be implemented at an early date. They also assured that the special financial powers will be used to take care of incentives to the Industries and all other suggestions of the Chamber shall be considered while implementing the GST.
The Chamber President also discussed toll at lakhanpur, walnuts, hotels industry and many more concessions post GST.
The Chamber President expressed satisfaction after the assurance from the top office of the government.
The Chamber President warns those opposing GST and convey to them that they stand exposed by misleading people on one hand but already having got their GSTN to carry on their business smoothly.
The chamber president advises it's members to carry on with the VAT billing till the GST is implemented and avoid importing good from outside the state till GST is implemented.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    27th June 2017



Today a Press Conference was organised by Chamber of Commerce & Industry regarding issue of implementation of GST w.e.f July 1,2017. The Chamber is fully convinced that the govt. shall implement GST w.e.f July 1,2017 as it was not practically possible to transact business without implementation of GST from July 1,2017. Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta questioned the Government of Jammu & Kashmir as well as the politicians in opposition and the separatists that how could be business possible without GST and who shall be responsible for the shortage of essential supplies as well as the hike in prices of everyday commodities due to double taxation.
The Chamber President also advises the all the politicians whether in main stream or in separatists politics not to confuse the situation if they cannot help the situation otherwise it will be total confusion and chaos in the state soon which is already in turmoil and more so GST is a pure taxation reform which has nothing to do with the constitution of J&K and also it is the first time that all the states of India have been granted financial autonomy by this federal system of GST.
The Chamber also thanks hon’ble Union Finance Minister for expressing his serious concern for implementation of GST by sending a communication to the Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K. Chamber also warns the so called and self styled leaders posing themselves as leaders of trade and industry to desist from making any statements as they are not aware about the ground realities in this sensitive state. The Chamber President advised them to come and contest the elections of Chamber of Commerce & Industry if they want to be real representatives of the people.
The Chamber team is in constant touch with CM House, Finance Minister and all the concerned people. The Chamber has been fully assured by the Finance Minister that the existing safeguards for the protection &prosperity of trade and industry shall be discussed and will be kept in mind while implementing GST. Chamber feels that some consensus will surely come out in the all party meet being convened tomorrow as it is a matter of tax reform. The Chamber is exercising restraint and not acting in any such manner which will affect the law and order situation that will affect the Amarnath Yatra that will commencing the day after
The Chamber is also in constant touch with its counterparts in Kashmir and we feel that the Traders and industrialists in Kashmir must also be thinking that how business would be possible if GST is not implemented and expect them to come out with a positive stand.
The other Office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    24th June 2017



An urgent meeting of all the Trade/ Market, Industry / Transport Associations was convened at Chamber house today regarding the course of action to be taken by the Chamber if GST is not implemented before July 1,2017 in the State of J&K. The representatives of more than 150 associations were present in the meeting on this occasion. President Sh. Rakesh Gupta briefed the various association heads about the efforts being made by the Chamber for smooth implementation of GST in our state. It was unanimously voiced by one and all that GST has to be implemented before July 1 come what may as no business can be transacted interstate and all the associations authorized Chamber of Commerce & Industry to take whatever steps they deem fit to get GST implemented. The house authorised the chamber to call for indefinite Bandh/ stop paying taxes / Gehrao the elected representatives / invite the opposition parties to Chamber house to justify their stand and so on if nothing positive is heard from the government side before June 27.
The other Office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    23rd June 2017



The Chamber President was invited by the Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh to his residence this morning and the Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta alongwith the Office Bearers namely Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary met the Dy. Chief Minister on the implementation of GST w.e.f July 1,2017. The Jammu Chamber team clearly conveyed to the Dy. Chief Minister that GST was a matter of economy and commerce and we shall not allowed any politician to play with our bread and butter and Chamber advises all the political parties to act positively for the overall growth of the country and our state. Dy. Chief Minister assured Chamber President that the government is serious on the implementation of GST and needful shall be done at the earliest. The Chamber President further said that the Chamber shall not allow any politician whether in ruling coalition or in the opposition to play politics on the GST or else Chamber shall not spare such politicians who are openly working against the state and the country. Chamber also conveyed that non implementation of GST shall mean total collapse of trade and industry and if the needful is not done urgently and immediately, the Chamber is ready for an agitation for which the state government shall solely be responsible. Chamber team also said that implementation of GST was in everybody’s interests, whether Trade, Industry or common man and GST is just a reform in taxation system replacing terminology and integrating different taxes under one head and shall also benefit our state to earn huge revenue as we are a consuming state.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    22nd June 2017



An urgent meeting of the Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held today at Chamber House to discuss the confusion regarding implementation of GST in the State of J&K w.e.f 1st July 2017. The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh.Rakesh Gupta expressed serious concern regarding non-serious attitude adopted by the government leaving the business world in utter confusion and chaos. In a communication sent to Sh. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Amit Shah, National President BJP, Sh. Ram Madhav, National General Secretary BJP, Sh. Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Union Home Minister and Sh. Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Union Finance Minister, Chamber questioned the silence of BJP State Unit on the subject which reads as under
It is extremely unfortunate that the utter silence of BJP J&K Unit on the implementation of GST w.e.f July 1,2017 is proving disastrous for the business community on the whole in our State. We feel perplexed that being the coalition ruling partner in the State of J&K govt. your state unit is silent and not coming out in open support for implementation of GST in line with the nation.
We thought it proper to send out this communication to your goodselves because in the past also on many occasions the silence of the state unit of BJP left no choice for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry and rather forced us to go for Jammu Bandh to press our genuine demands against our wishes. We request your goodselves to intervene urgently and strongly & direct the state BJP unit to stand up to the occasion or else the Chamber shall have no choice but to stand by the side of the nation and not the separatist forces in our state.
The other office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, General Secretary, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    20th June 2017



A deputation of Dayanand Marg Old Hospital Road Traders Association called upon the President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta and expressed anguish over the unilateral decision of Jammu Development Authority and ERA who by force were encroaching upon the six meter wide road approach agreed upon in a meeting in the past in presence of MLA East Sh. Rajesh Gupta shall be given to the Shopkeepers to carry on their business smoothly where the multi storied parking is coming up near City Chowk.
The Chamber has communicated their concern to Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority, CEO ERA and MLA East Sh. Rajesh Gupta and Chamber warns the administration to put on hold the ongoing work of the multi-storey parking which has been going on very smoothly with the cooperation of the Chamber till now. Chamber further warns the administration that if the six meter wide road approach is encroached upon it will lead to law and order problem for which the government and the administration shall be solely responsible.
The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary.
The Office bearers of Dayanand Marg Old Hospital Road Traders Association present in the meeting include SH. Ashok Gupta, President, Sh. Joginder Gupta, General Secretary, Sh. Devki Nandan Jain, Sh. Surinder Gupta and Sh. Raj Kumar Gupta.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    14th June 2017



The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by President Sh. Rakesh Gupta called upon the Hon’ble Chief Minister at her residence in Srinagar and discussed the implementation of GST in the State of J&K. The Hon’ble Chief Minister assured the Chamber delegation that special powers to tax/ review shall be retained by the state so that the interests of the business people in the state could be safeguarded. Later the Jammu Chamber team called upon the President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry and his Office bearers and discussed the issue of GST threadbare. Both Chambers arrived at the consensus that implementation of GST was not a problem but at the same time special powers with the government of J&K to tax / review should not be surrendered by the state government to the GST council. Both the Chambers then had a meeting with Sh. Haseeb A Drabu Hon’ble Finance Minister where many other prominent business associations from Kashmir were also present and expressed concern regarding GST. In response the Finance Minister assured both the Chambers and others present that GST shall be implemented the way it suits the state and asked for suggestions from the Chambers regarding the smooth implementation of GST. He also assured that he shall try his level best to get such suggestions incorporated by the GST council. The Jammu Chamber today sent an urgent communication of suggestions to the Hon’ble Finance Minister for urgent necessary action which are as under:
First and foremost the government should ensure better facilities for Internet connectivity throughout the State without which it would be a total chaos.
As per your assurance that the government of J&K shall in no way surrender special financial powers to tax / review / make changes, we would like to request you that such powers to impose entry tax, allow remission to Industry, announcement of amnesties and also provision to file revised returns under special conditions be retained.
We strongly recommend that entry tax at Lakhanpur check post on any purchases made by Individuals not as business house be imposed as is being done presently in order to stop loss of sales / state taxes.
We also request that the present facility of “Transit Memo” being allowed by the Commercial Tax Department for movement of goods for Intra-State Trade should continue under GST regime also.
We also request that different slab of tax on the same category for example ‘Shoes’ shall be a source of harassment as well as corruption, as such we request that there should be one slab of taxes.
We also request strongly that the textiles which as of now are exempted should continue to be exempted under GST regime.
We also request that the Toll tax being charged on the products like Cement should be abolished as the proposed tax slab on this product is almost more than double under GST regime so that the traders get a level playing field.
We also request your goodselves that Walnut being locally produced in our State should be continued to be taxed at zero% under GST regime as is being taxed at zero% under VAT regime.
The other office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu who accompanied the delegation include Sh. Rajesh Gupta. Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    9th June 2017



The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta alongwith other Office Bearers including Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer today took the initiative of setting up a Camp Office of Commercial Tax Department at Chamber House to help the members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry to get the Migration from VAT to GST to get GST number without any charges. This facility shall be available to all the members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry few days from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    8th April 2017



An urgent meeting was convened at the chamber house today under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta President CCI to discuss the mis interpretation of Chambers statement by negative and anti national forces made yesterday with regard to deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. First of all be in know to one and all that the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and industry as a part of social corporate responsibility has stood for secularism and brotherhood every now and then and need no testimony from negative and anti national forces regarding our stand.

The issue of settlement of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis settlement in J&K State is not a trivial issue but a great and planned security threat to the internal security not only to the state but to our sovereign country INDIA too. These people have crossed over into our borders illegally and should have been dealt with according to the provisions available under law which did not happen. The hard words used in our press note yesterday “Indentify and kill” meant to identify these foreign settlers and take effective measures to kill the issue which otherwise may result into rioting someday resulting in loss of precious human lives for which the state and the union government shall be solely responsible. They can neither be allowed to stay as refugees as per Article 370 & we feel it has either to be implemented in toto or be repealed and nothing concrete was happening although the district administration is doing all they can but it needs a bigger Political will and a clear stand of the state government. The permanent residents of the state of J&K irrespective of religion have to be clear on the issue of Article 370 and violation of the same and getting Rohingyas and Bangladeshis settled only in jammu only is a matter of concern and the hidden agenda of the unseen forces behind all this with the motive to create a law and order situation and threatening the secular culture, brotherhood and peace will not be tolerated at any cost.

It is open to all that these Rohingyas and Bangladeshis are into thefts , drug traffickers , possible human bombs and harbourers to be used by militant organizations, criminals with no records of their names and identity and moreover disowned by their own countries and that too in a state where security must be the highest concern. The hard words used by the Chamber in the press note yesterday are just a outcome by feeling frustrated and helplessness being felt by the peace loving and secular people in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The State and the Union Government must come clear on their stand on this issue before its too late and effective and urgent steps be taken to address the issue.

The other Office Bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   7th April 2017



An urgent Press Conference was convened at Chamber House today keeping in view the growing threat perception from the Bangladeshies and Rohingyas whom the Chamber looks upon as Criminals and Drug traffickers disowned by their own country. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry was the first to demand their deportation from the State of J&K as the Chamber is committed to protect the interests of the people at large in the State as a part of social corporate responsibility. It may not be out of place to mention that neither the Government of Jammu & Kashmir is signatory to any United Nation’s treaty nor Article 370 allows illegal Foreign settlers for any permanent settlement in the State. The Chamber surely is aware that the district administration has initiated process to identify such settlers and the Union Government has asked details about these settlers from the state, but the Chamber feels it is not enough till these foreigners are deported from the State of J&K.

Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta warns the State and the Union Government that such settlers should be deported within one month and the people on whose land these foreigners have settled be booked under PSA otherwise Chamber shall have no option but to launch “Identify and Kill Movement” against such Criminals. The Chamber feels that it shall be no offence to deal with such Criminals / Drug Traffickers who have illegally crossed into the State of J&K and it is high time that the people at large should also shoulder and share responsibility of the security forces and deal with them as the situation demands.

The other Office Bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                    24th March 2017



A Seminar on Export Awareness under series of Niryat Bandhu this year was organized on 24th March, 2017 at Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Jammu by the Joint Director General of Foreign Trade which was well attended by Industrialists, Traders, Exporters and Faculty & Students of ICCCR & HRM Department, University of Jammu.

The programme was organized under the chairmanship of Mr. Mr. Sudhir Kumar, Foreign Trade Development Officer in Augustus presence of Mr. Rakesh Gupta, President CCI, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Mr. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Mr. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary, Mr. Ashu Gupta Treasurer & Mr. Vijay Kumar Jain, President, Walnut Exporters Association.

The programme started with the inaugural address of Mr. Sudhir Kumar, Foreign Trade Development Officer in which he apprised the audience with role of DGFT in International Trade. He stressed upon the need to enter International Trade by the local industrialists & students.

A Presentation on Export Procedure & Incentives being extended by DGFT was given by Ms. Aruna Narula, Member Business Excellence Support Team with special reference to the concessions allowed to the exporters from J&K State. The participants were briefed with schemes like Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS), Service Export from India Scheme (SFIS), Advance Authorisation Scheme, Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme (EPCG), etc.

Mr. Vijay Kumar Jain shared his experience in the trade for past almost 5 decades with participants talking about the vast changes the entire system of exports & its process has undergone. He encouraged the audience to enter the business without any apprehension as the policies & facilities available were very much exporter friendly.

Speaking on the occasion, Guest speaker, Mr. Suneel Jain, Director Hansraj Exports emphasized the need to upgrade the technology of making products since the industry in J&K at present is struggling in the international market in view of the fast changing technologies coming up worldwide.

Mr. Avilok Singh, young entrepreneur & Director, Amar Singh & Sons who had joined export business few years back encouraged the young participants by bringing out paper presentation on the firm.

Mr. Rakesh Gupta in his presidential remarks appreciated the effort of DGFT organisation to have organized export awareness programme in their Chamber which he stated to be very useful one. He also appreciated the students & faculty Members of ICCCR & HRM Department, University of Jammu for their participation.

A vote of thanks was extended by Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, CCI.

Mr. Rakesh Bhat, Mr. Annil Suri, Mr. Abhijeet Singh, Dr. Ridhi Sharma, Dr. Dalip Raina, Dr. Shivani Rana, Dr. Vishal Sharma were the prominent participants amongst others.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   22 March 2017



Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry alongwith newly elected team of Office Bearers namely Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer today called upon the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax Smt. Sangeeta Gupta and expressed concern over the recent surveys being conducted in Jammu. The Chamber President assured the Principal Commissioner that the business people of Jammu are a tax complainant society and are paying taxes honestly and as such we do not expect the Income Tax department to visit the premises of various business houses which creates an atmosphere of panic and mental harassment for the assesses. The Principal Commissioner Income tax assured the Chamber team that no good tax payer shall be harassed and in case the department feels that they are unable to get response to their notices they shall convey the same to the Chamber team for cooperation.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   21 March 2017



An interactive session with youth from all three regions of the state; Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh was today held at Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu. The interactive session was a part of five day residential workshop on ‘Conscious Leadership and Social Change being conducted by Yakjah Reconciliation and Development Network in association with Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Youth Development, Regional Center, and Chandigarh. The workshop is being conducted at Youth Hostel Nagrota from 18-22 March 2017.
In the interactive session the youth interacted with the President and other office bearers of JCCI. The youth raised many issues and concerns being faced by the youth at their respective places.
“It is never too late to start. Youth from all three regions need to come forward and press the government for what concerns us as a state. Let’s keep our political and ideological differences aside and come forward to promote co-existence and work towards reconciliation, harmony and development of our state,” said Rakesh Gupta, President JCCI.
He maintained that JCCI is always available to support the young generation. He also ensured support to the budding entrepreneurs of the state. “We are soon going to start a helpline number to make our organisation more accessible to the youth of the state to help them realise their endeavours.
But for that to happen, he said, we need a youth to back us and form local support groups to pressurise the government for the things that go in the larger welfare of our society.
We need to raise awareness among masses to get rid of the issues that have been causing a huge loss to the economy of the state, he said.
Ashima Kaul, chairperson of Yakjah while addressing the youth said, “The development that we seek is only sustainable if our approach towards it is inclusive. Over the years, there has been a disconnect between the three regions of the state that we want to bridge by doing such workshops and related activities. This will help youth in the long run as it is them who are going to lead the society tomorrow.”
There is an important need to bring youth on board and hear to what their concerns are, she added.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   17th march 2017



A grand function was organised by 17 Miles Group of Companies, leaders in Hospitality, Banquets, Hotel Industry besides leading Industrialist of Jammu to honour and felicitate the newly elected team of Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by its President Sh. Rakesh Gupta.
The function was organised by the Chairman of 17 Miles Mr. B.P.Bhalla in which around 200 leading Industrialists, Businessmen, Members of Civil Society besides personalities from Press and Electronic media were invited.
The Grand Gala function was further electrified by an impressive evening of Music and thrilling songs.
Bouquets were presented by Mr. B.P.Bhalla, Mr. Harit Bhalla, Mr. Gaurav Bhalla, Mr. Rajiv Saraf, Mr. K.K. Wali and Mr. Raman Suri to honour and felicitate team of Office Bearers led by its President Mr. Rakesh Gupta.
The Election team led by its President Sh. Annil Suri and its members Mr. Rajan Gupta, Mr. Jagdish Langer and Mr. Ashwani Khullar were also honoured and felicitated Mr. B.P.Bhalla his sons Gaurav and Sh. Harit Bhalla and Mr. Rajiv Saraf for sooth and perfect handling and conduct of elections in which almost 2500 members voted and the process took long 15 hours to complete and declare the results.
Mr. Annil Suri and its election members thanked Mr. B.P.Bhalla and his sons for showering so much of respect and thanked for honour bestowed on them.
Mr. Rakesh Gupta President, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Mr. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Mr. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Mr. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Mr. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer also thanked Mr. B.P.Bhalla for showing so much of respect towards them and also appreciated the gesture of felicitation in such a big way.
Mr. Rakesh Gupta President addressed the gathering and thanked them in particular and all members of Chamber in general in reposing faith in him for second successive term and assured that he shall do his level best of address and solve all the problems of trade and industry.
He said he was also aware of the dangers of migration from neighbouring countries and shall impress upon he government agencies to solve the problem at an earliest.
He also assure assured the gathering that he is trying his level best to solve the problems of traders regarding Master Plan 2032 and is hopeful of redressal favouring businessmen.
The stage was conducted in a professional manner by Sh. Bhuvneshwar Gandotra former Vice President of Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the company of Mr. Om Parkash Ji (Kaku Ji) Senior member and everyone appreciated the approach and text used by Mr. Bhuvneshwar Gandotra.
Mr. B.P.Bhalla, Chairman alongwith his sons Sh. Harit and Mr. Gaurav thanked the team of Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by its President and all members present for their participation in the function by sparing their valuable time from their hectic schedule and wished all the success to the team of Office Bearers in their tenure and hoped they shall fulfil the aspirations of all and come to the expectations for the faith reposed in them.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   16th march 2017



Sh. Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry today constituted the Constitution Amendment Committee to take various suggestions received from the worthy members into consideration and suggest further amendments to make the constitution fool proof and transparent wherein Sh. Rajendra Motial of M/s Abhinav Stores, Channi Himmat has been nominated as Co-Chairman and S/Sh. Vinod Sachdeva of M/s Raj Sons, R.N. Bazar, Bhuvneshwar Gandotra of M/s Kailash Cafeteria Trikuta Nagar, Jagdish Langer of M/s Champion Sports Gangyal, Chander Parkash Gupta of M/s TBA Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd, Jewel, Jatinder Gupta of M/s Kathua Service Station Tpt. Nagar, Annil Suri of M/s A.B. Consultants, Kachi Chawni , Rajan Gupta of M/s Amarnath Satpal & Co., Warehouse, Sanjay Aggarwal of M/s Jammu Motors Pvt. Ltd, Akhnoor Road, Raman Suri of M/s Suri Jewellers Lakhdatta Bazar, Kirti Gupta of M/s K.K.Trading Co, Warehouse, Rakesh Gupta, CA of M/s Gupta Gupta & Associated, Trikuta Nagar and Bhupesh Gupta of M/s Kashmir Residency Mall, City Square Dogra Chowk have been nominated as members of the Constitution Amendment Committee.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   16th march 2017



Sh. Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry today constituted the Constitution Amendment Committee to take various suggestions received from the worthy members into consideration and suggest further amendments to make the constitution fool proof and transparent wherein Sh. Rajendra Motial of M/s Abhinav Stores, Channi Himmat has been nominated as Co-Chairman and S/Sh. Vinod Sachdeva of M/s Raj Sons, R.N. Bazar, Bhuvneshwar Gandotra of M/s Kailash Cafeteria Trikuta Nagar, Jagdish Langer of M/s Champion Sports Gangyal, Chander Parkash Gupta of M/s TBA Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd, Jewel, Jatinder Gupta of M/s Kathua Service Station Tpt. Nagar, Annil Suri of M/s A.B. Consultants, Kachi Chawni , Rajan Gupta of M/s Amarnath Satpal & Co., Warehouse, Sanjay Aggarwal of M/s Jammu Motors Pvt. Ltd, Akhnoor Road, Raman Suri of M/s Suri Jewellers Lakhdatta Bazar, Kirti Gupta of M/s K.K.Trading Co, Warehouse, Rakesh Gupta, CA of M/s Gupta Gupta & Associated, Trikuta Nagar and Bhupesh Gupta of M/s Kashmir Residency Mall, City Square Dogra Chowk have been nominated as members of the Constitution Amendment Committee.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   13th march 2017



Today the Newly elected team of Office Bearers took charge of the office wherein more than 700 members of the Chamber visited Chamber House to greet and convey their best wishes to the Newly elected team namely Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer. Prominent among others who visited Chamber House include Sh. Kavinder Gupta, Hon’ble Speaker J&K State Legislative Assembly, Sh. Naeem Akhtar , Hon’ble Education Minister, Sh. Bali Bhagat, Hon’ble Health Minister, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Hon’ble MLA Jammu East, Sh. Yudhvir Sethi Sr. BJP Leader. Also Sr. Police Officers and Sr. Officers of Commercial Tax department visited Chamber House on this occasion.

While addressing the Media the Chamber President said that among social issues the priority of the Chamber would be to uproot and get deported the foreign settlers in Jammu which were posing great thread to the security and also urged the government to outsource the Super Speciality Hospital at Maheshpura on the lines of Narayana in Katra. He also said that the surveys being conducted by the Income Tax department were neither desired nor tolerable as the department is only targeting Jammu city in the whole of the state. He also said that the revival incentive package to the industry was need of the hour. He also said that inclusion of Women entrepreneurs in Chamber would be our priority. The Chamber President also said that necessary amendments in the Constitution of the Chamber will be made at the earliest and door to door Campaign shall not be allowed in the Elections from 2019 and urged the next generation to be ready to contest the said elections.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   11th march 2017



The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu Sh. Rakesh Gupta called upon DGP Dr. S.P.Vaid, IPS alongwith the newly elected team namely Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Manish Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer. The Chamber President and his team discussed the prevailing security situation in the State and

expressed serious concern on the issue of foreign settlement which was first raised by the Chamber on 14th December 2016 in the Press Conference. Chamber thanked the DGP for having taken up this issue already and having conveyed to the Union Home Ministry the detailed report on such settlements. The DGP assured that all necessary steps shall be taken to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in Jammu at any cost.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   5th march 2017



The Bi-ennial Elections of Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the term 2017-19 were held today on Sunday the 5th March 2017 at Chamber House under the supervision of the election committee headed by Sh. Annil Suri.

For the Post of President Sh. Arun Gupta secured 1028 Votes and Sh. Rakesh Gupta secured 1208 votes. Sh. Rakesh Gupta was declared elected as President.

For the Post of Sr. Vice President Sh. Rajiv K Gupta secured 435 votes and Sh. Rajesh Gupta secured 1806 votes. Sh. Rajesh Gupta was declared elected as Sr. Vice President.

For the Post of Jr. Vice President Sh. Rajiv Gupta (Kaka) secured 1138 votes and Sh. Rahul Mahajan secured 1105 votes. Sh. Rajeev Gupta (Kaka) was declared elected as Jr. Vice President.

For the Post of Secretary General Sh. Deepak Aggarwal secured 939 votes and Sh. Manish Gupta secured 1294 votes. Sh. Manish Gupta was declared elected as Secretary General

For the Post of Secretary Gaurav Gupta secured 1323 votes and Sh. Rajesh Gupta secured 905 votes. Sh. Gaurav Gupta was declared elected as Secretary.

Sh. Ashu Gupta was declared elected unopposed as Treasurer.

The Election President thanked the team of his election Committee comprising of Sh. Rajan Gupta and Sh. Jagdish Langer, and Sh. Ashwani Khullar and the Polling Staff for their contribution in conducting the peaceful free, fair and transparent elections. The election President also thanked all the worthy members who participated in such a large number by casting their valuable votes and elected their future leader for the term 2017-2019

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   4th Feb. 2017



The meeting of the Scrutinizing committee comprising of Sh. Annil Suri, Election President, Sh. Rajan Gupta, Sh. Jagdish Langer and Sh. Ashwani Khullar Members of the Election Committee was held today at Chamber House. The Election Committee found all the nomination forms received valid.

Further it was decided that the voting will be strictly on Photo Voter Cards and worthy members who have not given their Photographs are requested to submit the same in person or through email chamberelection2017@gmail.com by or before 15th February 2017 for issuing the Photo Voter Card, otherwise they will not be allowed to cast their Votes without photo Voter Cards.

Nominations can be withdrawn upto 4 PM on Wednesday 15-02-2017 and Voting will be done on Sunday 5 March 2017 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Chamber House.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   02 Feb. 2017



In an urgent meeting convened at Chamber House under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta. The Chamber welcomed the remission of 100% penalty and interest on the arrears of VAT tax upto the year 2015-16. The Chamber feels that this would give a big relief to the business people as many of the assessed cases were either challenged in the court of law or pending with the Appeals Department.

At the same time the Chamber strongly protests against levy of tax on the semi-stitched garments which is nowhere applicable PAN India and in the representation given to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Finance Minister, it was brought to their notice that the GST regime will start soon hence levy of such tax shall neither be acceptable nor tolerable. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta also had discussions with the President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Mushtaq Wani and both the Chambers have decided to request the government to roll back tax on Semi-Stitched Garments with immediate effect. The other office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the meeting include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggawal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   02 Feb. 2017



In an urgent Press Conference convened today by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry and J&K Chemist and Druggists Association it was mentioned that J&K Medical Supplies Association was given mandate to procure and distribute Medicines and Medical Equipment to Govt. Medical Colleges and Associated Hospitals with the purpose of centralizing the whole process of procurement. The J&K Medical Supplies Council went further with malafide intension of accommodating non state subject to run chain of shops without any demand for running of 24 X 7 Chemist shops as already many outlets have been provided by the Govt. inside the government Hospital. We feel this was purely done in lieu of exchange for favours and we see it as an attempt of larger plan by few government officers and Politicians to eliminate the entrepreneurs who have not sort any aid from the government. It would not be out of place to mention that so called low price Medical Shops are selling at higher rates than available in the market thus cheating the poor and suffering humanity. We as an association and responsible organisation are against unhealthy competition by way of discounts offered which shall lead to entry of counterfeit and spurious Medicines.

We appeal to the Govt. of J&K to intervene and maintain status-quo till the matter is disposed of by Hon’ble Court as the matter is subjudice and till then no new shops be allowed to be opened and the process by which the tenders were manipulated and given to the Non-State Subjects which was the basic clause of the tender be enquired by CBI so that the culprits can be prosecuted and justice given to sufferers.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2017                                                           Press Note                                                   30 jan. 2017



In an urgent meeting convened today at the Chamber House in the wake of Health Department’s decision to provide space for running of 24 X 7 Chemist shops in all the Hospitals of Jammu Province through manipulated tenders to accommodate a tarnished firm owned by a non-state subject. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry decided to take up this matter with the Hon’ble Health Minister and request him to cancel such allotment on account of various reasons.

It is pertinent to note that there are five Chemist shops allotted by the government in Medical College Hospital Maheshpura and three shops in SMGS Hospital already.

The Chamber is of the firm view that huge money has been exchanged at different quarters within the health department and it is seen and attempt to render many jobless and force the unaided entrepreneurs to shut their shops.

The said chain who has been allotted these shops in the name of SANYOG ENTERPRISES PVT. LTD. Delhi has been accused recently of selling “Counterfeit” shunt used in surgery of a six week old child is a “favourite” of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) authorities here since he has been given three shops on the PGI Camps in Blatant violation of tendering terms and conditions. Also many medicines supplies by SANYOG ENTERPRISES PVT LTD to the J&K Medical supplies corporation have been found substandard. The Chamber also alleges that the tendering process was fully designed with the Mallified of allotting these shops to the said firm and all the quotations / offers received in lieu of NIT were coated by the same people who are either Directors or Partners in different firms.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and Office Bearers alongwith the Jammu Chemist Association and Jammu Pharmaceutical Association warned the Coalition government that if the allotment to an non State Subject is not cancelled with immediate effect, we shall be left with no choice but to call for a shutdown of Chemist shops in Jammu Province and later to shutdown all business in Jammu Province.

As a protest the Chemist shops observed a shutdown in protest of this action of the government today.

The Chamber president Sh. Rakesh Gupta alongwith people from Pharma Trade called on the Health Minister Sh. Bali Bhagat today and apprised him of the whole gamut. The Minister gave them a patient hearing and asked for proof that the shops run by SANYOG ENTERPRISES were selling Medicines at higher rates than available in the market and assured proper action if the same is found true.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   20 jan. 2017

The meeting of the Executive Committee of Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held today at Chamber House under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta. While taking of the agenda of the meeting the house unanimously decided to hold the elections for the Posts of President, Sr. Vice President, Jr. Vice President, Secretary General, Secretary and Treasurer on Sunday 5th March 2017. The President proposed the Name of Sh. Annil Suri (Ex-President BBIA) of M/s A.B. Consultants, Kachi Chawni for the Post of Election President which was unanimously accepted and also the names of Sh. Rajan Gupta of M/s Amarnath Satpal & Co, Warehouse, Sh. Jagdish Langer of M/s Champion Sports, Gangyal and Sh. Ashwani Khullar of M/s Top deck Plywood House, Gandhi Nagar were approved and passed by the Executive Committee as members of the Election Committee. It was also approved by the Executive Committee that necessary purchases needed for completion of ongoing renovation works of Chamber House be made and a Maa Ka Jagran shall be held after the completion of the renovation works in the month of February 2017.

The house was also informed that 311 new members were enrolled during the tenure which was unanimously approved by the house.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/17/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   7 jan. 2017

The Dy. Commissioner Jammu Sh. Simrandeep Singh,IAS today called upon the President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta at Chamber house. As a part of Digidhan Mela the Dy. Commissioner explained to the Chamber President and also the Office bearers of different affiliated associations that the sole purpose of the awareness campaign was to promote cashless transactions and help the trades in general for making available the facilities for cashless transaction possible. He also said that the best performers shall be awarded on January 17 when Digidhan Mela will be organised in Jammu at Gulshan Grounds. Among others present were were Sh. Baldev Khullar, President Raghunath Bazar Businessmen Association, Sh. Sanjay Sethi, General Secretary,RBBA. Sh. Abhimanyu Bhandari President Wave mall Businessmen Association , Sh. Sanjeev Choudhary, Secretary General Wave Mall Businessmen Association, Sh. Bupesh Gupta, President City Square Businessmen Association. Sh. Amit Jandyal, President Apsara Road Trader Association, Sh. Anil Kohli, General Secretary Apsara Road Traders Association. Sh. Rajesh Gupta, President Tourism Federation of Jammu.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   16th December 2016

Today a Pre-Budget meeting  was held at Excise and Taxation complex Rail Head  Complex Jammu Chaired by Dr. Haseeb A Drabu, Hon’ble Finance Minister wherein threadbare discussions were held regarding existing taxation system and in the GST system which was to come soon. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta presented a Memorandum of demands and stressed that it would be a great relief to the Industrialists who are state subjects be given proprietary rights of the land in the Industrial estates which is only lease basis at present. President Chamber of Commerce & Industry also demanded immediate announcement of amnesty on passenger tax and Commercial / Industrial Power outstanding bills. All demands were taken very positively by the Hon’ble Finance Minister. In addition the Chamber President also submitted the demands as follows:

Amnesty on account of faults in classification in VAT Act.

We request that amnesty be allowed on account of faults due to wrong   classifications of various commodities  for traders in case of VAT rates E.g Tin foil for packing material (should be 5% ), printer/ multi-functional printers(should be 5%), shoes (should be 5%)

Exemption of Entertainment Tax on Games Zone

Entertainment tax on running indoor activities like 5-D and 9-D theatres, bowling, Video games rides etc should be exempted.

Power tariff for service industry / amnesty

We request that the power tariff for the hotels and service industry should be brought at par with industrial tariff and also amnesty on old recoveries be granted wherein interest and penalty be waived off as one time settlement for hotels and shops & Industries.

 

Service tax on Banquet Halls

 

One time service tax to be deposited on the food being served

 

Creations of New Wholesale markets / IT Parks / Cold Storages

It is almost 50 years now that one warehouse came into existence at Bikram Chowk to transact the wholesale business and thereafter no such places were identified to be developed for expanding the business for the next generations. This lack of vision has resulted into total congestion and saturation in the Jammu city. We request that adequate funds be earmarked for trade specific additional warehouses / IT parks and cold storages.

Affordable houses

It is submitted that affordable houses for one and all is the need of the hour which is supported by government of India. We request that adequate funds be earmarked for development of such facilities.

 

VAT / GST billing software

 

It is submitted that VAT on software that is used for VAT billing be exempted from taxation.

 

Extension for regularly exempted goods

It is submitted that exemption on Paddy, Rice, Wheat, Pulses, Flour, Aata, Maida, Suji, Besan and Dhalia be continued on the same pattern and as such necessary orders be issued by the Finance Department to keep these products in Zero% category.

Exemption of Toll on import of fresh fruits and vegetables

It is submitted that the toll tax being charged on import of fresh fruit & vegetables  be totally exempted on the same pattern of exemption on export of Apple.

Industrial Sector

Free hold rights for industrial units

The Industrial land is being allotted on lease hold basis to the unit holders. We suggest to give free hold rights to the entrepreneurs who belong to J&K state. This will ease the pressure on them to avail extra finances from the financial institutions.

 

Power amnesty scheme for closed units

It is requested that power amnesty scheme for the industrial units which are not running and their power connections have been disconnected should be granted one time amnesty scheme.

Power amnesty scheme for existing / running units

Huge amount of government money as electricity charges are under dispute with the existing/ running industrial units. We request that an amnesty scheme at par with domestic power amnesty scheme issued by the government earlier should also be announced for industrial units having dispute of power bills.

Entry tax on Import of machinery and spares

It is requested to kindly allow import of machinery parts and spares by any Industrial Unit without paying any entry tax or taking permission from GM. The permission process is a healthy and tedious job and in today’s competitive world no Industry can bear the burden of shut down so they should be allowed to import immediately from Lakhanpur just on the self declaration of unit holder with TIN No. that it is to be used for his machinery only.

 

Negative List

Mustered Oil seed crushing unit are in thrust area but in negative list for VAT remisson.

Amnesty on Passenger tax

We request you kindly to announce amnesty on the cases of passenger tax considering the conditions on the grounds by which the transport sector has been hit badly.

Creation of New Industrial Estates

We regret to inform that besides the announcement made by your goodself in your last budget that a land bank of approximately 10 thousand kanals will be developed in our state. Till date we are not aware of any progress on this account which needs to be pushed more vigorously to encourage entrepreneurship.

 

Toll Tax on Cricket Bat Industry

The export of cricket bats are exempted from the purview of toll tax as per the industrial incentives available in the state for which an exemption form is required to be filled which is not only time consuming but also hamper the export process. We request that toll tax on export of Cricket bats should be totally exempted and there should be no formality whatsoever to be completed in this regard.

Special Cluster for Cricket BAT Industry

A lot of Cricket Bat Industry is running in un-organised sector. We suggest that a cluster area be developed for cricket bat industry near Jammu i.e Bishneh, Nagrota and one Kanal plots be allotted to the existing industry keeping in view the cluster development policy and incentives from MSME by Govt. of India.

Exemption of CST and submission of C-forms for sports goods

To boost the Cricket bat industry the UP Government has exempted CST and submission of C-forms for sports goods including cricket bats due to which the trade of sports goods including the cricket bat has diverted from our state to UP and our cricket bat manufacturing industry is facing crunch on this account. Sir, the Willow clefts are being produced in our state but the UP government is harnessing the benefits. We request that to save the cricket bat industry of our state the submission of C-forms as well as CST should be exempted for sports goods.

 

Toll Rates

No more enhancement in Toll Rates be made as already 0.80 paisa per kilo is imposed on goods apart from entry tax making goods more costlier.

Release of Payments

Payment to Contractors and Industrial Units against supply to government departments should be made through E-payment above Rs. 5000 as notified by Central Government.

Delayed Payment Act

All though the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir has issued orders in this regard excluding the state government departments and corporations.   This needs further improvement and we suggest that Govt. of India delayed payment act be implemented in toto.

Service Tax on Contract Labour

We request that service tax on account of payments made to the contract labour should be charged on the amount being charged by service provider over and above the wages & benefits actually paid instead of taking into consideration  to whole component.

Toll Tax exemption to Industry

We request that toll tax exemption should be made available to all industrial units without submission of exemption forms and it should be on self affirmation of the entrepreneurs.

VAT remission and VAT refund on Raw material by SICOP

The existing incentive of VAT remission on finished goods and cash less VAT refund on raw materials purchased through SICOP is expiring on 31-03-2017 which needs to be further extended.

Post GST scenario for industry

 We request that all the incentives available to the industrial units during VAT regime should continue after implementation of GST Act in our state.

The office bearers present in the Pre-budget discussions include Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer     

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   14th December 2016

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu not only feels shocked that open mockery of Article 370 is taking place in Jammu by unseen forces with permanent settlement of thousands of Non State Subjects and Foreign Nationals in Jammu City and around but Chamber also questions the law enforcing agencies for their silence and inaction in this matter that too in a state where National & State Security should be their prime concern. The President CCI Sh. Rakesh Gupta questions the State governments stand on dual policy of enforcing Article 370 on different lines in kashmir where even the construction of Sanik Colony for the people serving in JKP and are the State Subjects, and even colony for Kashmiri Pandit Migrants who are indispensible part and parcel of the State has not seen the light of the day because of threats from Anti Nationals within the state and on the other hand allowing the settlement of Non State Subjects and even Foreign Nationals in Jammu. The Chambers also questions the Government that on one hand the Human Rights of the people from West Pakistan have been violated over decades by denying them their rights even being Indians and on the contrary being mute spectators to the unlawful settlement of foreign nationals here. The Chamber feels that its a deliberate but a successful attempt by unseen forces who have made Demographic changes visible in Jammu city and around. The Chamber expresses grave concern and can foresee the threat not only to secularism but peace. The Chamber questions the heads of the various security agencies that why they have not seen these settlement as a grave threat to the internal security as these people can provide all possible support and shelter to the Anti Nationals to carry out not only attacks on security forces but maybe involved in the menace of drugs, thefts and all sorts of crimes without being traced. Its also a matter of concern that these people are also seen as beggars and rag pickers possibly doing recce may be passing on sensitive information to the anti nationals. The Chamber also question the Ministry of Railways as to how they have employed foreign nationals as labour that has led their entry and permanent settlement in the state whereas ample labour of Indian origin is freely available. The Chamber feels confused that has the Ministry of Railways assured the security concerns employing foreign nationals without knowing their backgrounds. The Chamber questions the concerned departments responsible for enforcing the laws as far as the licensing conditions for Rehris and the open shops on road sides and individuals selling on their heads and shoulders at the bus stands and Railways stations and the stuff they are authorized to sell resulting huge tax evasion and loss to the ex chequer but also in traffic mess.. The Chamber feels that they are a great security threat having no identity cards that should be hanging around their necks. The inaction of various government departments and corruption is posing threat to the existence of Traders and Industrialists who are finding hard to survive in the trouble torn state already. The Chamber warns various government officers who are openly supporting the big chains not caring about the laws which has made the local traders hard to make ends meet but also threatening the existence of Local Industrialists in the state of Jammu & Kashmir by not following the purchase and price preference policies made itself by the Government for reasons which are very visible now. The Chamber feels that the people of Jammu & Kashmir should get ready for the final fight to force the government to take the matters of Security of common people and the Sacrifices of the security forces seriously and also protect the rights and share of the traders and the industrialists. The Chamber quotes a live example of Corruption and favouritism that the Chemist Shops inside various Government Hospitals in Jammu Province were allotted to a same group from outside the state by getting manipulated tenders and allowing them to sell medicines to the poor suffering patients and no extra discounts available over and above available in the local market. The Chamber wants to question the Health & Medical education department to clear their stand on this as their act which will force thousands of Chemist Shop owners to shut down their shops and creating huge un employment. Its high time the state government must decide that they want to do business or to create platforms and environment to help the entrepreneurs to do business and also a live example of PDD & the Police HQ procurement system ignoring its own governments preference policies to the local Industry. The Chamber want to convey to the State Government to either implement in toto or abolish Article 370 and at the same time we would like to remind one and all that even during Maharajas Rule in the state, experts were called to work on projects for the welfare of the state and it was assured that they get all the comforts so that they could sincerely work on the projects benefiting the state but now even the IAS , IPS and other such cadres don’t have the right to get even a small piece of land to build a house to live in after they retire and even their children have no rights to education or state government jobs. In such conditions how could we get optimum benefits from their services and more so the Chamber fears that even after getting 2 AIIMS in the state it shall be hard to find the doctors to rum them. The big question today is that, are rules and laws meant to comfort the citizens or harass them. The Office Bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the Press Conference include Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President and Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   28th November 2016

President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta today called on the Commissioner Commercial Taxes Mr. P.I.Khateeb to discuss various important issues. At the outset the migration from VAT to GST was discussed and the preparedness of the Traders/Industrialists was questioned wherein President Chamber of Commerce & Industry requested that regular free training programmes be started at the Excise and Taxation Complex Rail Head Jammu. The Chamber President also apprised the Commissioner that Chamber is making aware all the Traders/Industrialists to avail the benefit of recently announced Amnesty Scheme as soon as possible. Chamber President strongly demanded action against the people who are running business and selling taxable goods without any TIN or TOT Registration in the slum areas throughout Jammu City as well as persons selling on road sides and footpaths as it was effecting sales of honest taxpaying traders. Chamber President also demanded that Commercial tax department should seize such goods and also take action against the people who are selling without any shop premises at the Railway Station and Bus Stand in Jammu. The Commissioner Commercial taxes assured strict action against any such people who were working against the taxation laws and causing losses to the state exchequer.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   23th November 2016

The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta today called upon the Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh and highlighted various burning issues being faced by the Trade and Industry. The Chamber President brought to the notice of the Dy. Chief Minister the major demands like Amnesty on Power Bills of the closed units which have not consumed power, faults in the procurement procedure followed by the PDD especially ignoring purchase preference to the local industry violating cabinet decision, finalization of Master Plan keeping in view the present scenario allowing multi-storey buildings throughout Jammu City and fast tracking construction of multi-storey parking, acquiring and creating multi-storey parking at Residency Road, Pending issues with the Jammu Development Authority finalization of housing policy and also to check the owners and carriers of Reharies and demanded that there should be proper identification cards hanging around the necks of such carriers. The Dy. Chief Minister heard all the demands patiently and assured necessary positive action and also consented to visit Chamber House on the request of the President shortly to have further discussions on the issues.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   23th November 2016

The founder of Art of Living Guru Ji Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji today visited Chamber House to spread the message of Peace and Harmony among the business community and Civil Society. President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta welcomed Guru Ji and praised him about his commitment to spread world peace and work for upliftment of society and for his initiatives to bring peace in J&K in particular. In his message to the members Guru Ji appreciated the role played by the businessmen towards bringing peace and providing huge employment to the poor people and their contribution in building the nation. He mentioned that we should work to eradicate radicalisation of religions in India and live in peace. Guru Ji also thanked business community in maintaining peace during Amar Nath Land row. Inspite of facing many hardships, the Jammu Trade and Commerce has again stood by the nation. Sh. Rajesh Sharma, Chairman J&K Cooperative Union extended invitation to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for visiting the border area of R.S.Pura which suffer always whenever there is cross border firing, on his next visit. The session was attended by Hon’ble Speaker J&K State Legislative Assembly Sh. Kavinder Gupta JI, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax J&K Madam Sangeeta Gupta, Chief Electoral Officer Sh. Shantmanu and various members of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu. The following Office Bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present on the occasion are Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   17th November 2016

Today a meeting was convened at the request of Sh. Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry wherein the Jewellers Association was invited to the Chamber House to discuss the genuine problems being faced by the Jewellers because of unethical pressure from various quarters to force them to sell Gold against illegal currency after the demonetization announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on November 8, 2016. The Chamber requested the Jewellers to open their establishments w.e.f November 18, 2016 because many people  from cross section of society have approached the Chamber and expressed their genuine problems as the marriage season is still on and they need to buy Gold from their shops.

Chamber warns the miscreants in general not to indulge in such activities to pressurize the Jewellers community to accept their black money and the Jewellers Association assured the Chamber that they will open their shops from tomorrow and also decided that the sales shall be totally against new currency notes issued by RBI/ Credit and Debit Cards and Cheques.

Those present in the meeting include Chairman of Sarafa Association and Swarnkar Sangh Joint Action Committee Jammu Province, Raman Suri President of Sarafa Association Jammu Parjan Kumar Jain, General Secretary Sarafa Association Jammu Vijay Verma, executive members of Sarafa Association, Sh. Rakesh Mahajan, Sh. Chaman Lal Khajuria and Sh. Surinder Jain.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   17th November 2016

The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta today called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Madam Mehbooba Mufti to thank the Government for announcing Amnesty in GST and also raised new demands in  addition to the other issues raised time and again before in a Memorandum as below:

Madam,

First of all the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu  would like to thank your goodselves and the government, Finance Department in particular for the great relief to the businessman through the Amnesty announced in GST. It is a great step towards ending unnecessary harassment of honest business people as most of the recovery issues were pending either in the Hon’ble court or  the Appeal Department  of the Finance Department for settlement.

With utmost respect the Chamber of Commerce & Industry  would like to submit as below in addition to various pending demands already submitted to your goodselves, we are listing  below some burning issue that need your urgent intervention and necessary directions

Passenger  Tax

We would like  to bring to your notice that the demand for Amnesty to the transporters on Passenger Tax is still pending It may not be out of place to mention that the conditions in which the transporters are working as every time there is  unrest & turmoil or border firing , this sector gets hit on the very first day.  We would request your goodselves to pass on necessary directions to the Finance Ministry and other concerned to issue necessary SROs announcing Amnesty for Passenger Tax.

Compensation  to Transporters

We would like to submit that it is known to one and all that the Transport Sector that include  Taxis, Buses , Trucks etc  has been hit badly by the unrest in the valley for the last many months. It is our earnest request to your goodselves to compensation to Transport Sector through whatever provisions the government deems fit.

Laws for Physically Challenged

We would like to request to your goodselves please to get necessary amendments in the Disability Act of the State and bring it at par with the Disability Act of Government of India   which would be great steps towards helping suffering humanity

Parking Space at Residency Road Jammu

We would like to bring to your kind notice that Parking of Vehicles has become almost impossible at Residency Road that houses thousands of Commercial establishments including Hotels and also is the Gateway to the VVIPs area i.e.  Wazarat Road. In this context we would like to bring to your notice that there is a huge chunk of land lying vacant are adjoining  Hotel Premier which has  not been utilized because of litigations between different department and  some people. We would request you to pass on necessary direction to the concerned  departments to acquire this land for the purpose of constructing a multi-storey parking which would be a big relief to the residents and commercial establishments in that area & also from security point of view.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   10th November 2016

Subject: Statement of Prof. R.D. Sharma, Vice Chancellor Jammu University In a communication addressed to His Excellency The Governor J&K State and Copy to Prime Minister’s Office, Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu has expressed serious concern on the Press Conference by Prof. R.D.Sharma, Vic e Chancellor Jammu University. The communication sent to the Governor reads as under: “It is a matter of highest concern for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu that Prof. R.D. Sharma, Vice Chancellor Jammu University has addressed a Press Conference on November 9,2016 as reported by media wherein he has said that the Hizbul Muzahidin Commander Mr. Burhan Wani should have been captured alive to avoid unrest in Kashmir Valley. He also went to the extent of advising the government to resolve the “Kashmir problem”. We feel by using the words “Kashmir Problem” he has divided the state of J&K. We at Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu lodge our strongest protest against such statement by a public servant who should limit his action towards overall improvement of academics rather than deliberating upon what he termed as “ Kashmir Problem”. We feel that the repetition of past incidents provoke and incite feelings of a common man based on many factors which is not in the overall interest of our state. His statement not only has done a lot to inflame settled feelings but also has shown utter disrespect to thousands of martyrs from different wings of our security forces. We at Chamber always have risen to each and every occasion to bridge the gaps between three regions in the state of J&K and feel excruciatingly agonized and saddened by this action of his and demand highest action against him permissible under law and as deemed fit by your goodselves”.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   8th November 2016

Today Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta Called on the Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb A Drabu in his office chambers at Civil Secretariat Jammu.  At the outset Chamber President welcomed the government to the Winter Capital and also voiced concern about the many pending issues which could not be sorted out because of the turmoil in the Kashmir Valley for the last four months.

The Chamber President thanked the Finance Minister for granting extension in filing of VAT returns for the first quarter 2016 upto 30th November 2016 and 2nd quarter 2016 upto 31st December 2016. The Chamber President also urged the Finance Minister to condone the delay period of deposit of VAT for the first and the second quarter 2016 through amnesty to be passed in the assembly.  

Also threadbare discussions on implementation of GST were held.  The Chamber requested the Finance Minister to bring clarity as to what goods shall fall under different percentage of tax under the GST regime. Chamber President strongly advocated the exemptions and incentives to the Industries in the State of J&K to be given under the GST regime also. It was also decided that the department shall provide facility on regular basis for training as to how to file returns under GST to the Traders, Industrialists, Chartered Accountants and Accountants etc.  Chamber also raised the demand that the bank accounts need to be restructured which got badly hit because of the turmoil in the Valley. It was also requested to the Finance Minister provide full support to the Transport / Hoteliers which had been badly hit for the last four months because of the turmoil. The Finance Minister assured full cooperation to the trade, Industry, Transport and Tourism Sector.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   19th September 2016

An emergency meeting of the Office Bearers and Sr. Members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held today at Chamber House. The Meeting was chaired by Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President. The meeting condemned the outrageous and cowardice attack by terrorists on Army’s Brigade Headquarters on Sunday 18th September 2016 in which 17 Army men were martyred and 30 Army men were injured. The meeting termed this attack on the Unity and Integrity of the nation and said that in this hour of challenge, entire nation is behind the security forces to defeat the nefarious designs of the enemy. The meeting while paying rich tributes to the bereaved soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls and speedy recovery of those injured in the incident. The Chamber team further requested the Bazar Associations to arrange the condolence meetings to console the deaths of the brave soldiers and by lightening the Candles in their respective Bazars so that message could be passed on to the bereaved families that in this hour of grief that the whole Jammu is with them. The Office bearers present in the meeting also include Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer

(Arun Gupta)

Secretary General

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           16th September 2016

A meeting of the Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held today at Chamber House. The meeting was chaired by Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President and attended by Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta Treasurer.
The officer bearers present in the meeting condemned the incident of torching of business establishments of a particular community at Rajouri on 14th September 2016 especially M/s Kusum Pen Store owned by Sh. Ashwani Sharma, M/s Rakesh Wool Centre and M/s Prince Ways and also some other business establishments which were ransacked and damaged by miscreants and anti-national elements over there.
The meeting also demanded that the goons / anti-national elements involved in this incident be booked and put behind the bars immediately and the people whose shops/ property has been gutted/ damaged in the incident be provided adequate compensation without any further delay.
The Chamber also requests the administration to take some strong steps to restore normalcy in the Rajouri district.
Sh. Arun Gupta Secretary General talked to Hon'ble Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh and apprised him about the decision of the business community of Rajouri not to open their business establishments unless and until the compensation is provided to the effected shopkeepers and the goons / anti-national elements involved in the incident are not booked/arrested and put behind the bars.
Dr. Nirmal Singh assured that he will personally look into the matter and adequate compensation will be given to the effected shopkeepers and we will see that the goons who have done this coward act are put behind the bars.

(Arun Gupta)
Secretary General

 

 

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           5th September 2016

The Delegation of CCI under the Leadership of Sh. Rakesh Gupta President called on the All Party Delegation led by Sh. Raj Nath Singh, Hon'ble Home Minister of India today at Jammu and Submitted the Following Memorandum :
MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO THE ALL PARTY DELEGATION LED BY SH RAJNATH SINGH JI, HON'BLE HOME MINISTER OF INDIA

First of all a big thanks to the Government of India for sending an All Party Delegation to our state . We would like to mention the below for your kind consideration and necessary early action:
Role of Political Parties as Opposition.
That, Jammu & Kashmir is a sensitive state and what all is happening today has a history of non deliverance by various political parties since decades.
That, with folded hands we request one and all not to utter any such words or issue statements that add fuel to fire which most people have been doing till now.
That, we question the majority of political parties in opposition in India as to why they did not condole and condemn the attacks on our security forces and the deaths of soldiers.
That, there is no space for playing politics in J&K State and we request all the political parties to help restore normalcy in our state and play a positive role.
That, Politics has degraded and stooped so low that majority of politicians have tried to worsen the situation rather then helping to contain them moreso even the State President and Gen Secy of the BJP Sat Sharma and Narinder Singh on Aug 19 at a Press Meet tried to mis lead the people of Jammu terming that Chamber of Commerce Jammu is working against the interests of the State.
That, we condemn the statement of Dr. Karan Singh demanding the imposition of Governor rule in the state and we question him as to what good has he done for the people of the state which was most loved and taken care of well by his Father and forefathers.

CORRUPTION
That, Article 370 has been used as a weapon to harras the state subjects in J&K state rather that protect and safeguard their interests.
That, hardly any public servant or a politican has been prosecuted or punished in the history of investigations done by the state Vigilance departments and a huge amount of money of the Indian State has been swindled. We request the GOI to issue necessary orders to allow any Indian Investigating Agencies to probe the matters of financial irregularities as most of the funds being used in our state are part of assistance being provided by the GOI.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
That, the law enforcing agencies have failed to implement the laws.
That, how can the Mosques in the state of J&K be allowed to use the PA systems to make announcements to wage war against the Indian State and attack the security forces.
That, how have the law enforcing agencies allowed the settlement of lacs of Bangladesh and other country nationals in our state.

NON WORKING OF SECRETRAIT
That, during the turmoil just Kashmir division all the works in the Secretrait have come to a stand still. We are not in favour of Trifurcation but if the administration cant control the situations and deliver whats choice will the Jammu people be left with and why should people of Ladakh and Jammu suffer who have always stood by the Nation.
That, we demand a permanent camp office of the secretrait in Jammu as even the people from Kashmir feel safe to come to Jammu.

SCARACITY OF SECURITY FORCES
That, The strength of the security forces is not enough to contain the situations when mobs go out of control. We request the GOI to deploy additional Central forces on permanent basis in J&K State.
That, thousand of security personals have been posted as PSO’s with politicians who do not face any security threat hence the system need to be screened.

ALL PARTY DELEGATIONS
That, joint delegations in the past have visited on many occasions of unrest but their recommendations were never implemented which have resulted in the turmoil again.
That, the ruling coilation BJP and the PDP should implement their Agenda of Alliance so that the aspirations of the 3 regions of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh are fulfilled.
That, the Political opposition parties should stop making comments terming the present Alliance of the rulling parties in the state as unholy. We question them if they had not made alliance then the major mandate of one of the regions would have been defeated.
We would like to bring to your kind notice that due to the Disturbance in Kashmir region the Trade & Industrial Sector of Jammu has suffered immense losses. It is very sorry to say that Administration was not able to handle the situation properly resulting in prolonged Hartals and Curfew in Kashmir region.
Due to this situation, the Manufacturing Industry, Tourism Industry, Transport Industry and above all the Trade of Jammu region became one of the worst suffering huge losses that even the Govt. cannot compensate it in full. Practically speaking the Trade & Industry of Jammu suffered immensely for last 2 Months and further after normalcy it will take another 2-3 Months time more to revive.

.   During the months of turmoil in Kashmir,all the banks and financial institutions in the valley were closed and there was no outstanding payments flow from Kashmir due to which the industries suffered huge production & Working Capital and cash flow losses.
.   Post Offices & Courier services remained suspended during this period.
.   Perishable materials etc. got damaged due to which our traders suffered huge losses.
.   Loss of Market, Government commitments has severely affected the viability & Credit Rating.
.   Inventories of trade and industry were blocked as this was the peak season for Srinagar & Leh due to which cash credit limits were exhausted resulting into higher bank charges and interest.

During this hour of crisis we expect that our Central and State Governments should come forward to the rescue of the Trade & Industry and save us before we are totally crippled. The Production and Cash losses are huge.
Suggestions for package of financial assistance to compensate losses of Trade & Industrial Sector of Jammu Division during Kashmir agitation.

.   Waiver of Bank interest on Term Loans, Commercial Vehiles Loans & Cash Credit facilities for the months of July – September 2016.
.   Bank installments of the Term Loan for the financial quarter July-September should be rescheduled for all.
.   No Account should be declared NPA during this period till the economy is revived ,since there is a RBI norm of 90 days for any repayments and after that bank declares the account NPA, this should be relaxed.
.   Soft Loans should be provided to all if needed, since Maximum Trade & Industry is facing Financial Crunch due to Complete Stoppage of Financial Transitions across the State.
.   Salary & wages which have been paid in cash by the during this period should be reimbursed.
.   Power bills for the period be exempted/adjusted.

Few Points to be Taken By Govt. Of India
.   No Pressure of IDS Scheme be imposed upon people of Just Jammu, just to achieve the fixed targets given by Central Govt.
.   The annual targets given to states for Income Tax collections should be proportionate among three regions as per collections and contribution made by each region and no such burden for achieving the targets be imposed on Jammu region at any cost. The Govt can get the data as how much Jammu region contributes to the nation.
.   Incentives already available from Central & State Govts. To be continued in GST Regime.
.   Income Tax Exemption be extended to all working units.
.   Freight Subsidy for sale of finished goods upto Delhi should be allowed for Industrial Units as well as Trade Sector.
.   Mother Industry such as Rail Coach factory may be sanctioned for Jammu Region to encourage ancillarization of major units and create new jobs.
.   Opening of Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Jammu with rail connectivity should be sanctioned immediately.
.   Up gradation of Existing Jammu Airport to International Status.
.   Starting of Shatabdi Express up to Delhi and Chandigarh and Metro/ Monorail in Jammu.
.   Freight Subsidy from ICD to Port for Import/Export of commodities.
.   Exemption of Import Duty on Raw Materials purchased by SMEs.
.   Special Additional Duty draw back on Exports by J&K Industrial units.
.   Waiver of Export Obligation under EPCG scheme for Existing/New IPs.
.   Barter System of LOC Trade be immediately replaced by Banking system to avoid illegal Transactions/unhealthy competition and review of List of Items depending on demand & supply with EC codes.
.   Advance Income Tax deposit date for 2nd installment be extended by 3 months in the state.
.   The date for Filing of audited Income Tax returns on September 30 be extended upto March 2017.
.   All central schemes should be equally divided for the State of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh proportionately.
.   Compensations already agreed upon by the then State Govt during 2008 turmoil, for the trade and Industry should be implemented immediately as Jammu region cannot suffer more burden.
.   New capital infrastructure development projects should be immediately sanctioned for Jammu to generate employment in Pvt Sector.
.   Monetary Assistance under UDAAN should be increased as the assistance given to the students are not sufficient to cope up with.

(Rakesh Gupta)
President

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           27th August 2016

 

A function was organized today at Chamber House to facilitate Janab Farooq Khan Sahib, IPS. on being appointed as Administrator of Lakshdeep Islands. Sh Kavinder Gupta ji ,Hon’ble Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly was also present on this occasion . The Chamber feels that as a part of social corporate responsibility, efforts should always be made to recognize the achievements of the Sons of the Soil whenever they bring laurels to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The President CCI Sh Rakesh Gupta speaking on the occasion highlighted the glorious service record of Janab Farooq Khan Sahib as a top cop of Jammu and Kashmir Police and thanked him on behalf of Chamber of Commerce and Industry for his audacity and intellect in dealing with the militancy as the Head of the special Operation group in the early nineties. The President also said that it was due to the joint efforts of Khan Sahib and his team as SOG that militancy was almost wiped out from the state.

peaking on the occasion Jenab Farooq Khan Sahib said that he will act as ambassador of J&K State and bridge the gaps between the north and south. He also said that he shall promote cultural exchange and tourism exchange. Many eminent people from the civil society and also retired Senior Police Officials attended the meeting.The prominent among them were Sh. Ashok Bhan IPS, Sh. Prem Gupta IG Retd IPS, Sh.KB Jandial Retd IAS, Sh Quoom Manhas IPS Retd .I.G, Sh Ashok Gupta I.P.S Retd IG, Sh. Ravinder Kotwal IG Retd IPS , Sh Ramesh Koul DIG Retd IPS, , Sh.Mubassar Latiffi SSP Crime Branch ,Sh. Rajinder Gupta SSP Railways and Sh.Maroof Manhas Dy. Director Vigilance and Sh. Abdul Rouf Lone SP Retd. The office bearers of the CCI namely Sham Lal Langar Senior Vice President , Deepak Aggarwal Vice President, Rahul Mahajan Secretary and Ashu Gupta treasurer in addition to large number of prominent members of CCI were also present on the occasion.

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           24th August 2016

Sh. Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry in a communication apprised Dr. Haseeb A Drabu, Hon’ble Finance Minister J&K State that because of the prevailing law and order situation on ground in Kashmir Valley, the business people throughout the state have been directly or indirectly effected and still there is no sigh of relief and the members of the business community are not in a position to deposit the VAT amount or file VAT returns.

In view of the above facts the Hon’ble Finance Minister was requested to extend the last date for filing of VAT returns as well as the last date to deposit the VAT tax for the first quarter 2016-2017 atleast by two months.

(Rakesh Gupta)
President

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           19th August 2016

In continuation to the Bandh Call given today it is hereby informed that the President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta and his team have received communications from few but prominent members of influence from the Kashmir Civil Society to give atleast a weeks time to convince the stakeholders in Kashmir other than the government for intra region dialogue. In view of this assurance the Chamber feels that reasonable time be given to the nationalists forces in Kashmir who are trying to urge and impress upon the masses there for an early intra region dialogue. Hence, the call for Jammu bandh on Saturday 20th August 2016 is here by deferred till further information, but at the same time our following demands and the questions to the ruling coalition, BJP in particular as well as the law enforcing agencies be answered and implemented without any further delay. The Chamber expressed serious concern that the law of the land was being made a mockery off everyday where in Social Media, Print and Electronic Media was being misused to misguide and provoke religious sentiments against the Indian State. The Chamber also questions that how the Religious places were being permitted to make announcements other than religious activity and rather being used to make announcements to wage war against the Indian State. The Chamber questions the Law Enforcing agencies in the state for the silence and demands immediate action against the culprits failing with the Chamber shall have no option but to file a PIL in the Hon’ble Court for justice. The Chamber also expresses and questions the government for no action against their employees for their unauthorized absence from duties. The Chamber is seriously concerned that how can the employess be paid salaries without work in a state where the salary bill is more than 3000 crores per month and it’s a common man’s money that is being misused. The Chamber also demands that in wake of the present law and order situation the Darbar Move should be moved back to Jammu as its 40 days that no work is being done and neither the public in general can reach the secretariat . The Chamber also appeals to the Hon’ble Chief Minister to direct all the Ministers to have their camp offices in jammu till the decision to move darbar to Jammu is done so that the common man could approach and meet them for their grievances. The Chamber expresses their solidarity with the nationalist forces and the law enforcing forces and thank them for their sacrifices to protect the Indian state. The Chamber also strongly condemns the beating of Drivers and attack on transport services carrying essentials services, pilgrims and tourists in the Kashmir Valley.

The Chamber also questions the State and the Union Government that who shall compensate the business losses of the traders, Industrialists, Transporters and the tourism sector in Jammu province. The Chamber urges to the Finance Minister to extend the date for filing of VAT Returns and Vat Taxes for the first quarter for atleast 3 more months. The Chamber shall also call upon the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaitley on Aug 21 and convey to him the ground situation in our state where the economy has been shattered and business and industry are on the verge of collapse hence there should be no pressure tactics on the business houses for the IDS as we are already paying taxes honestly. The Chamber also refutes the claims made by the concerned authorities that the Amarnath Yatra was concluded incident free. The Chamber expresses its deep anguish that the Amarnath Yatra was targeted on religious basis and also the blast at poonch to target the Budha Amarnath Yatra. The Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the urgent meeting included Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

 

 

(Arun Gupta)


Secretary General

 

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           15th August 2016

Chamber of Commerce & Industry celebrated 70th Independence day with Traditional gaiety. Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry, unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of National Anthem. Addressing the members Sh. Rakesh Gupta highlighting the achievements made by the country after Independence. Sweets were distributed among the members on the occasion He also asked the members to be united and work with dedication, transparency and sincerity to serve the nation and the society.

Prominent among others present on the occasion include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Vice President CCI, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary CCI, Sh Ashu Gupta, Treasurer CCI, Sh. Rajendra Motial, former Secretary General, Sh. Shiv Partap Gupta, Sh. Vinod Malhotra, Sh. Raj Kumar Gupta, Vinod Sachdeva, Sh. Ram Langer, Sh. H.L. ABrol, Sh. Sanjay. Sareen, Sh. Sudershan Kohli, Sh. Raghubir Gupta, Sh. Davinder Batra, Sh. Jagdish Langer , Sh. Ashwani Khullar, Sh. Vishwamitter, Sh. Krishnan Kutty, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, President Warehouse, Sh. Kirti Gupta, Sh. Jaspal Singh, Sh. Kuldeep Wahi, Sh. Subash Gupta, Sh. Rajesh Gupta and others.

 

 

(Arun Gupta)


Secretary General

 

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry team led by their President Sh.Rakesh Gupta called on the Finance Minister Sh. Haseeb Darabu in Srinagar to discuss issues relating to Vat and GST.

 

The Chamber President raised the issues pertaining  to Online  Payment of VAT / GST , Online filing of VAT Returns on turnover of 20 Lacs and above and the Extension of date for making the VAT/GST Payments and filing of returns for the first quarter of 2016. It was conveyed to the Finance Minister that because of the present turmoil in the valley the business people both in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will not be in a position to deposit the VAT / GST taxes on due date i.e. July 31.

The Finance Minister agreed that the demands put forth were genuine and he assured that the necessary SRO’s will be issued by tomorrow and all the three demands made shall be addressed.

The Chamber President was accompanied by  Sh. Sham Lal Langer Sr.Vice President, Sh. Rahul Gupta Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta Treasurer.

 

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                           20th July 2016

An urgent meeting was convened at Chamber house to review the quantum of business losses so far because of the turmoil in Kashmir Valley for the last so many days.

The snapping of Internet services in Jammu province was widely condemned by one and all. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta urges the administration to immediately restore Internet services in Jammu province   which has resulted in huge business losses. Moreover it was said that Jammu province was fully cooperating with the administration and the government and so far is totally peaceful. Hence the Internet services should be restored without any further delay otherwise Chamber shall be forced to take appropriate action.

An urgent communication through fax was sent to the Hon’ble Finance minister Dr. Haseeb A Drabu requesting extension in the date for filing of VAT returns and also extension in the date for depositing of VAT tax atleast by three months as all the money has been blocked due to the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley. It was also conveyed that in this situation the business houses in the state of J&K shall not be in a position either to file VAT returns or deposit VAT tax.

The meeting was attended by office bearers of CCI namely Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary,   Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer and representatives  of prominent  trade associations.

 

 

(Arun Gupta)


President

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                            16th July 2016

An urgent press conference was convened today at the Chamber House to express the views of the Chamber on the ongoing unwanted turmoil in the Kashmir valley and to appeal to the people of the Kashmir valley for restoring peace in the interest progress development and brotherhood in the state.

The President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta expressed grief on the loss of human lives. However he also stressed  & said that be it known to all that it’s the state of “JAMMU & KASHMIR”  which comprises of three main regions i.e. JAMMU , KASHMIR & LADKAH and not just KASHMIR. The President questioned the stand of the separatists in Kashmir without any intra region dialogue for making a consensus on what the people of the three regions want. The Chamber President made it clear that we do not agree with the war path adopted by the people at large in Kashmir and condemned the Bandh call given by the separatist which led to deaths and injuries of humans both of civilians and the security forces. He further said that the separatists should talk to the people of Jammu and Ladakh first who too are primary stakeholders to the region and then raise demands if any. The President added that we are ready for talks if invited in the interest of peace and development of the state but made it clear that the separatist will have to shun the path of violence first.

The Jammu Chamber made it clear that it has always stood for brotherhood among three regions of the state and maintained communal harmony at every cost which is the face of the state and shall not allow anyone to deface it. The Chamber warned both the state and the government of India not to be soft on the people who provoke or indulge in violence . The Chamber also warns the GOI that no ALL PARTY DELEGATION will be welcomed as first it’s the internal matter between the three regions of the state and still there is no agreement on any sort of demand . In the absence of any consensus no one has the right  to approach GOI or the United Nations and also no one has the right to interfere. The President gave his own family example and said  that YES there is a ISSUE as some of my family members were killed in the town of Mirpur in POK in 1947 and rest forced to leave their home so it’s a larger issue for us and not the separatists.

The Chamber President questioned the miscreants Why you attacked and targeted the transport vehicles who either carry essential supplies or ferry pilgrims , why you beat the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra and force them to shout Anti India slogans , Why you burned Langars. The Chambers respects all religions but how dare you try to stop the Amarnath Yatra. The President further said we respect our Muslim brothers and know the importance of Haj but they should also know what Amarnath Yatra means to Hindus. The Chamber condemns the soft attitude of the security forces towards the hooligans who beat up the drivers , broke vehicles and beat pilgrims. The chamber appeals to the state government to empower the security forces  to not to spare anyone who comes in the way of Amarnath Yatra.

The Chamber further appeals to the people of Kashmir to have faith in their elected representatives whom they voted to power recently after turning out in large numbers to vote in a democratic way. The Chamber reposes full faith in the Hon’ble CM Madam Mehooba Mufti and is confident that she alongwith her team will steer the state out of this crisis. The Chamber cautions and advises the anti national forces to learn from history that LTTE in Sri Lanka thought at one time it would rule but now its just a name in the pages of history.

The Chamber has minutely dissected the ongoing turmoil and can foresee the sparks of civil war in Kashmir and the malafide intentions of the hooligans. The Chamber questions the burning of apple orchard and private property of Kashmiri Muslim entrepreneur during this ongoing turmoil who is a  well wisher of people in village Bomdoora in Anantnag .

The Jammu Chamber President has designed a permanent solution formula  to not only the issue of J&K if any but also for peace  between India and Pakistan which shall be suggested to both the governments of India and Pakistan at an appropriate time soon.

Chamber strongly feels that the true ground reality and dynamics of all the three regions in the state have never been communicated and reflected to the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

We therefore are seeking an urgent meeting with the Hon’ble Prime Minister to apprise him of the current situation and communicate him the sentiments, voices and positions of all the three regions.

The Office bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

 

 

 

(Arun Gupta)


President

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                            19th July 2016

Prominent citizens of Jammu Appeal the Civil Society of Kashmir to help in restoration of Peace in the Valley

As decided in the Prominent Citizens meeting held on 14th July 2016 a meeting was held in the Chamber House Rail Head Complex Jammu today to discuss the situation arising out of ongoing turmoil in the Kashmir Valley. Speakers condemn the meddling of Pakistan in Kashmir and warned it of its consequences. The unrest in Kashmir has to be addressed internally where no outside interference is warranted.

The speakers in the meeting impressed upon the central and the state government to take all necessary measures to restore peace and calm in Kashmir Valley. Serious concern was expressed on the loss of human lives for the last over ten days and appealed the state and central government to take effective measures so as to restore peace and tranquility   in Kashmir Valley. The speakers noted with concern that there has been some incidents of stone pelting targeting transport vehicles from outside valley which should be stopped immediately. The Speakers appeal all the stake holders in Kashmir Valley to stop such incidents and help in the smooth and peaceful Amarnath Yatra. Uninterrupted and peaceful Amarnath Yatra would send positive signals  from the  Kashmir civil society throughout  the country. 

The speakers declared their resolve to maintain communal harmony in the state at all costs and any attempt to disturb it shall be opposed with full force.

The following attended the meeting – Sh. Abdul Majid, Sh. Krishan Lal Gupta, Maj. Gen. Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, Sh. Gulchain Singh Charak, Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President CCI, Sh. Pavitar Singh, Sh. Mohd. Ayyub, Sh. G.A. Khajuria, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Sh. Rajendra Motial, Sh. Sham Lal Langer Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer CCI, Sh. H.A Siddiqui, Sh. S.Peter, Sh. Surinder Mahajan, Pt. Rajesh Kesri, Sh. Neeraj Anand, SH. Brig. M. S. Jamwal, Col. Karan Singh, Sh. Yash Pal Gupta.

 

 

(Rakesh Gupta)


Secretary General 

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                            24th June2016

A joint delegation of The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) and Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry comprising of President, KCC&I, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, President, JCC&I Mr. Rakesh Gupta and Secretary General, Faiz Ahmad Bakshi, called on Finance Minister, Mr. Haseeb Drabu today the 24th of June 2016 at Civil Secretariat and had detailed discussion regarding pending demands. The delegation expressed concern over SRO’s issued in the context of online filing of Vat returns and online payment of taxes. Among other issues raised included the rationalization of taxes, Amnesty, Interest subvention on out of Prime Ministers Flood Package, GST regime, negative behavior of Commercial Tax Department roll back of increased vat on consumables like packed milk, lassi, juices, frozen foods, service tax on advertising companies, toll tax after 5% excess allowed under the Motor Vehicle Act, mechanism to get rid of the under value system adopted at Lakhanpur, entertainment tax on 3D, 5D and gaming zones, one time composite tax on banquet halls, enhancement in limit for composite tax for small traders/dabhas, service tax on contract labour. The Finance Minister agreed in principle to maintain the existing rule of filing of online return and payment of tax above the turn over of 50 Lakhs. He also agreed that he will issue necessary SRO’s in coming days about role back of taxes on consumables and other issues discussed in the meeting. The Hon’ble Minister agreed to issue SRO for charging 14.5% instead of 13.5% with effect from 01-07-2016.He assured that interest subventions for flood affected traders will definitely be released before Eid. The Finance Minister assured that he will resolve the long standing matter of 7% interest subsidy under Prime Ministers Rehabilitation Scheme of 2004 which has not been paid to the borrower hotel Industry since 2008 though the same had been received from the Central Government but diverted by the Department of Tourism. The matter of implementation of GST and the concerns of the industry were brought to the Finance Ministers notice. He said that state will exercise its residuary powers under the constitution and not be bound to seek GST councils approval on the legislative powers of the state. He added that the government in association with KCC&I and JCC&I will conduct free training programmes to educate the tax payer as and when GST regime will be implemented.

 

(Faiz Ahmad Bakshi)


Secretary General

                           

CCJ/16/2016                                                   Press Note                            31st May 2016

In an urgent meeting convened at Chamber House to discuss the financial budget presented by the state government, the Chamber feels totally disappointed from the traders point of view as the main demands of the trading community were Rationalization of Taxes as compared pan India, Amnesty on recoveries of Taxes and simplification of tax system to discourage inspector raj and corruption have not met justice. In simple terms the Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta feels that we are not living in a “DEMOCRACY” but in a ‘DICTORIAL DEMOCRACY” in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and the state government is to be blamed for this especially the Finance department. The Chamber hails the extension on exemptions to the Industrial sector but at the same time feels dejected that there is no comprehensive industrial policy that will help the existing industry and in absence of which no new industries will come up. The Chamber welcomes the decision to reserve land for woman entrepreneurs in industrial estates but we ask the state government .”Where is the land bank” .The Chamber feels that pre budget meetings were just an eye wash and the people in financial department have rushed to just fulfill the formality of presenting budget without sensing what impact on the trade and the common man this increase of VAT and Toll means.
The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry declares this state budget as ANTI TRADE & ANTI POOR. We demand complete roll back of increase in VAT as the trade can’t survive with highest ever taxes being imposed as compared with rest of India. Also, the increase in State Toll Tax which we already term illegal will make all commodities costlier. The Chamber has convened a meeting of all business association tomorrow and has no option left but to call for a complete bandh which may lead to indefinite bandh starting from Saturday June 4 if the State Government does not roll back the increase in VAT and TOLL.

The Chamber questions the Government of Jammu & Kashmir that with what face they have been approaching the Union Government for reduction in Air Fares when they themselves have increased the Vat on Aviation Fuel. The steep illogical increase in VAT from products under 5 % to 14.5% will make most of the common mans needs go out of their budget and the finance department should know that the main manufacturers across India cannot change their MRP’s just for the state of J&K as their MRP is the same pan India. On one hand GST will be in place any moment and on the other hand the Finance department in JK state has done all this to give boost to illegal trade so that they can earn more through corruption. “The Chamber of Commerce and Industry demands complete roll back of increase of VAT of zero to 5% and 5% to 14.5% and also complete roll back on increase of toll before Saturday i.e. June 4 and the complete budget to be presented again” or the government should be ready to face the wrath of the poor people of the devastated state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry feel that the government has forgotten the vision of Late Jenab Mufti Mohamad Sayeed sahib and gone totally against his “HEALING TOUCH POLICY”. On one hand the department of commercial taxes harasses the traders for issuing VAT-51 invoices and on the other hand is a mute spectator to this practice being adopted by outsider big chains like BEST PRICE for apparent reason best know to them. ON one hand most of the political parties advocate Article 370 and on the other hand is increasing the taxes just to help the outsiders in ONLINE BUSINESS.

The other office bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

 

 

( Arun Gupta)


Secretary General

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                            28 th May 2016

An urgent Press Conference was held today at Chamber House regarding the burning issues being faced by the business world due to non acceptance e of genuine demands by the state government in the previous budgets. President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta listed the major issues that have become a pain in the neck of business people who have demanded amnesty policy on GST/Excise/ VAT recoveries wherein the Principle amount could be paid and the interest and penalty be waived off whether in case of recovery on account of delayed payments or misclassification of products in VAT act. The Chamber also condemn the service tax on the sports category e.g the GYM services. The Chamber also feels that the state government is hell bent on devastating the economy of Jammu where entertainment tax on indoor activities like 5D and 9D theaters, Video games, Rides has been imposed. The Chamber demands exemption of any sort of tax on the same as it is with the great efforts and investments of entrepreneurs that such things have started coming up in Jammu. The Chamber again appeals to the state government for rationalization of VAT rates as compared PAN India especially on Desi Ghee, Margine, Soap, Dry fruits, UPS, Printing Cartridges, Poly Carbonates sheets, Plastic sheets, file covers and automobiles in CSD to 5% and also exempt the software needed for billing purposes from any sort of tax. Chamber also demands exemption of VAT on all types of study materials used by students. Chamber also demands one time composite service tax on food being served at Banquet Halls and also enhance the COT from present 25 lacs to 50 lacs in case of small traders and Dhabawalas.

Chamber also demands exemption of VAT on all types of Shawls being mostly purchased by the incoming tourists. Chamber also requests the government to allocate ample funds for creation of new wholesale markets, IT Parks, Cold Storages and affordable houses for all. Chamber also demands extension for regularly exempted goods. The Chamber also demands exemption of toll tax on import of fresh fruit and vegetables on the same lines of exemption on export of fresh fruits, so that the prices of fresh fruits and vegetables could come down which would be a great relief to the people. The chamber also demands exemption on export of Rice husk so that the Rice Sheller industry could become viable.

Chamber strongly supports and demands power amnesty scheme for all closed industrial units and also the existing and running units as has been done previously in the domestic category. It was also demanded that Toll tax in Cricket Bats be exempted which will be a big boost in the sales for the local cricket Bat industry and also to give exemption of CST and submission of C-forms for sports goods as per policy adopted by UP Govt.

Chamber further demands enforcement of SRO 105 regarding entry tax on import of machinery and sports to be followed in letter and spirit at Lakhanpur Checkpost.

To give boost to ease of doing business in our state Chamber further demands that there should be no negative list with regard to toll tax and VAT for all industrial products baring items as envisaged in the negative list issued by GOI and toll tax exemption should be made available to all industrial units without submission of exemption forms and should be on self declaration of the entrepreneurs. We also demand creation of new industrial estates with all government facilities required. It is further demanded that delayed payment act should be implemented in letter and spirit and all the payments to be made by the treasuries to the Industrial units be made within a timeframe.

Chamber also requests the government that all the incentives available to the industrial units during VAT regime should continue after the implementation of the GST act.

The Chamber feels confused today after it appeared in the local news dailies that sale of loose Cigarettes, Beedies has been prohibited, as the Chamber does not see any logic behind this move which will rather boost the sale of Cigarettes and beedies taking toll not only on the economy factor of individual but also take a toll on their good health. Chamber feels that proper awareness, audio visual programs should be held in the schools, Colleges and Bazars so that people know the bad effects of tobacco on their health so that less people get addicted. The Chamber feels that prohibition have always led to illegal and spurious trade which would be disasters for the people at large. Chamber urges the government to withdraw this prohibition with immediate effect.

The Chamber feels elated on the announcement of allocation of budget for creation of two AIIMS both in Jammu and Srinagar which was the prime demand of the Chamber last year and asks business world and the people at large to celebrate on achievement of this historic milestone towards better health care and also thanks both the union and the state government for these sanction.

The other office bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and SH. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

 

(Rakesh Gupta)


President

CCJ/16/2016                                                   Press Note                            16th May 2016

In an urgent meeting held at Chamber House, the Chamber welcomed the laying down of foundation stone for Three Medical Colleges at Rajouri, Baramula and Anantnag. The Chamber also hails the announcement made by Sh. J.P. Nadda, Union Health Minister that two Cancer Institutes and two AIIMS at Vijaypur and Avantipura will come up soon in the J&K State. The Chamber urges the Union Health Minister Sh. J.P.Nadda to come up with the notification for the establishment of AIIMS both at Vijaypur and Avantipura at the earlist.

 

On this occasion President Sh. Rakesh Gupta reposed full faith in the announcement made by Sh. J.P.Nadda in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K Madam, Mehbooba Mufti, Dr. Jatinder Singh, Hon’ble MOS in Prime Minister Office MOS for Development of North Eastern Region(Independent Charge) and Sh. Bali Bhagat, Hon’ble Minister for Health and Medical Education. But the Chamber cautions both the State and the Union Health Ministry that patients need doctors and Medical Machinery and not just buildings. The Chamber pointed out the plight of the Super Specialty Hospital in Maheshpura Bakshi Nagar Jammu which can in no way be termed as a Super Specialty Hospital. The demands that the Super Specialty Hospital Mahespura Bakshinagar Jammu be immediately out sourced on PPP mode or else handed over to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board who have already opertionalzed the Mata Vaishnodevi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital on PPP mode. The Chamber feels that no other demand can be more important than better health care facilities. The Chamber has decided to take up this matter of out sourcing of Super Specialty Hospital Maheshpura Bakshinagar Jammu with the respective Ministry in the state and is ready to go to any extent to get this out sourcing done as the state has miserably failed to run the same institute as per the definitions of Super Specialty Hospital.

The other Officer bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and SH. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

(Rakesh Gupta)


President

CCJ/16/2016                                                   Press Note                            13th May 2016

Today Babaji of Mathwar Temple near Akhnoor visited the Chamber House in the morning. Babaji was welcomed by the President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta, Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasure. Babaji offered prayers in the Presidents room and prayed for peace and prosperity in the State. The Chamber felt happy to hear that a Helipad had been constructed at Mathwar temple which would help more people and religious tourists to fly from Katra to Mathwar Temple in just 7 minutes.
In a meeting of the office bearers of Chamber it was decided later that the religious importance of Matwar temple which was more than 700 yrs old should also be known to all and should be promoted by the tourism department as a part of religious tourism. The Chamber feels that the Management of Mathwar Temple has done a lot to make the devotees feel comfortable with A to Z facilities including rooms to stay and a drive way right to the steps of the temple and free food.

 

 

( Rakesh Gupta)


President

CCJ/16/2016                                                   Press Note                            29th April 2016

A delegation of Czech Republic led by * Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg*,Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee accompanied by* Mr. Pavel Holik*,Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, *Mr. Leo Luzar*, Chairman of the Subcommittee for External Economic Relations, *Mr. Karel Rais*, Chairman of the Subcommittee for Development Cooperation, *H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka*,Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to India, *Mrs. Zuzana Putnarova*, Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee, *Mr. Roman Masarik*,Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, *Mrs. Silvie Ginterova*,Interpreter visited Chamber House today to meet and interact with Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President CCI , Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary CCI, Sh. Vikrant Kuthiala, Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry(J&K Chapter), Sh. Rahul Sahai, Vice Chairman CII (J&K Chapter), Sh. Lalit Mahajan, Chairman Federation of Industries Jammu were also present in the meeting. The main issues discussed in the meeting included exchange of technology in the field of textile manufacturing and also student and teacher exchange programs in tourism sector. It was also desired by the Czech Republic delegation that a delegation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu should visit their country which would give a great boost in the fields of tourism exchange, better education facilities in the field of tourism and technology update in the industries. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta requested the visiting delegation to visit Jammu again but for a few days so that the Chamber could show them the places like Bhaderwah, Patnitop and Mansar etc. The delegation further asked if Jammu industries could export products to their country for which they could facilitate the meetings.

 

 

(Deepak Aggarwal)


Vice President

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                            25th April 2016

The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh.Rakesh Gupta alongwith the other office bearers that included Sh. Arun Gupta Secy General , Deepak Aggarwal Vice President and Ashu Gupta Treasurer had a meeting with the Dy.CM Dr.Nirmal Singh to discuss the demands of the Chamber regarding NIT Srinagar issue. Sh. Chander Parkash Ganga Minister for Industries and Sh. Sat Sharma President State BJP were also present in the meeting.

At the outset the Dy.CM apprised the Chamber President and his team about the initiatives taken by the state and the central government about the demands raised by the students that included security issues, faculty issues and issues pertaining to HRD Ministry. On this the Chamber made it very clear that the NIT issue was not handled timely and in a proper manner that led to all this happen later. The Chamber President expressed displeasure over the use of excessive force used by the police on the unarmed students that too inside the NIT campus for which there was no justification. The chamber demanded permanent post of CRPF inside the campus as the local police had lost their credibility after their unjust action. It was made clear that JK Police, CRPF, BSF or Army etc  were all the belt forces under the union of India hence it hardly mattered  which wing of the force is deployed so that the students feel secured. The Chamber also demanded that the open FIR against the students be withdrawn. The Chamber also expressed serious concern as no action had yet been taken against the section of faculty who added fuel to the fire. It was also conveyed that Chamber had not taken any adverse steps that would have added to the problems as peace was imperative for the overall development of the state but at the same time the Chamber won’t  be a mute spectator if such incidents re-occur that would endanger the lives of the students of our state studying in the other states across India and disturb peace in our state as that would hit the economy of our state which is already going through troubled waters.

The Dy.CM assured that effective steps have been taken and it shall be insured that disruptive forces will be dealt with a firm hand.

 

(Deepak Aggarwal)


Vice President

                           

CCJ/16/2016                                                           Press Note                                                   12th April 2016

An urgent meeting was convened at the Chamber House today wherein all the Bazar, Trade, Transport and Industrial Associations were invited to give view point on the NIT row. The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta brought it to the notice of all those present, the steps taken towards getting justice for the nationalist students who had faced atrocities of the Police force inside the NIT Campus. The Chamber President expressed deep anguish that the demands put forth few days back, before the government through the media were not met with.

After hearing to the various heads of the associations it was unanimously decided that the Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh alongwith the local Administration should be invited to Chamber House for an open discussion in presence of Media Persons and they be asked to justify their action against the innocent students of NIT and why the demands of the Chamber to take action against the Police officers and the Police personal  involved in the action for using  excessive force inside the campus & action against the administration of NIT for not acting against the anti-national miscreants on the very first day when they raised anti-India slogan and permanent stationing of CRPF inside the NIT Campus for the safety of the Students under the prevailing circumstances were not accepted till date.

It was further decided that if the Dy. Chief Minister does not respond to this open invitation, the Chamber shall have no option but to call for Jammu Bandh which may also force the Chamber to call for an indefinite Jammu Bandh.

It was also deliberated that such action of few handful anti-nationals in the Kashmir Valley can jeopardize the security of thousands of students from the state of Jammu & Kashmir studying in other parts of India and also the businessmen from the state may face wrath all over India which may result in huge losses to the business for which separatists forces and anti-nationals shall be solely responsible. At the same time the people of J&K should not expect any sympathetic attitude  in the rest of India if we have  acted in the manner the nationalist students have been tortured and threatened which was a great concern to Chamber of Commerce & Industry which also feared total cancellation of bookings in the upcoming tourist season to the valley.

The Chamber of Commerce & Industry feels the action of police inside the NIT campus was an attack on Tricolor and not on the nationalist students, hence it should be taken very seriously by the Govt. of J&K and also by the Govt. of India.

The Chamber warns the local administration  and the government in J&K  that if they have not learned lessons from the last years’s AIIMS agitation then they should be ready to face the final fight by the nationalist forces to throw out the anti-nationals outside the state permanently. The Chamber feels that these incidents if not handled strictly in time will lead to trifurcation of J&K State which shall be in no body’s interest.

The Office bearers of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer were present in the meeting    

The heads and the representatives of  Shiva Market Railway Station, Kanak Mandi Traders Association, Jammu Distributors Association, Traders Federation Warehouse, Rajinder Bazar Businessmen Association, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar Association, Jammu General Financer Association, Jain Bazar Traders Association, Upper Gumat Bazar Association, Bus Stand Traders Association, HAri Market Traders Association,   Moti  Bazar Businessmen Association, Shopkeepers Association, Bus Stand, Jammu Wine Traders Association,  Parade Motor Parts Dealers Association, Parade Road Businessmen Association, Jammu Photographers Union, Wholesale food grain dealers Association, Jammu Computer Dealers Association, Hardware Paint & Sanitary Dealers Association, Jammu Opticians Dealers Association Motor Part Dealers Association, Transport Nagar, Jammu Pharmaceutical Dealers Association, Below Gumat Municiapl Market Traders Association, Wholesale Sugar Merchant Association, Wholesale Federation  of Cigarette, Biri, Match and Tobacco product, Halwai Association, Dal Merchant Association, Sarafa Association, Association of Jammu Travel Agent, General Merchant Association, Jammu Printers Association, Wholesale Shoe Merchant Association, Whole Sale Cloth Merchant Association, Transporters  Association, Raghunath Bazar Businessmen Association, All Jammu Hotels & Lodges Association, Jammu Fruit Association, Apsara Road Gandhi Nagar Traders Association, Secretariat Road/ Kachi Chawni  Businessmen Association,  Vir Marg Traders Association, Shalamar Businessmen Association, Old Hospital Traders Association, Industrial Association Baribrahmana, Association of Industries Gangyal and othes were present in the meeting.

(Rakesh Gupta)

President

 

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CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                             9th April 2016

An urgent meeting was convened at the Chamber House today to discuss the situation after no agreement was reached upon between the students representatives of NIT and the government. The Chamber President Sh.Rakesh Gupta expressed extreme displeasure over the handling of the entire issue by the Administration of NIT .

The Chamber President firstly condemned the words “LOCALS” & “NON LOCALS” being used by anyone whosoever as we all are INDIANS first. He made it very clear that it was not a religious issue and it was purely a case of being NATIONALIST or ANTI- NATIONAL.

The Chamber feels it’s a glaring example of incompetence of the NIT administration at Srinagar who could have contained the situation on the very first day when some anti national elements did provocative actions but neither any action was taken against them at that time nor has been taken till date which was not understandable. On the contrary the Students who tried to negate the forces who are hell bent on disturbing peace were ruthlessly lathi charged. The Chamber wants to question the use of excessive force by the Police Officers and Police Personals who were present at the spot and entered the NIT Campus and even the class rooms to beat and rough up whatever came there way just because the Students were holding the Indian flags in their hands. The police force we feel have every right to take action to maintain law and order but can they justify the force used that too inside the gates of the NIT Campus.

The Chamber of Commerce Demands immediate FIR against the anti national student who were the root cause to this whole episode ,an in-depth inquiry in the role of NIT administration, withdrawal of FIR against the nationalist students who were just protesting within the premises of the Campus, suspension of the police officers and personals involved in brutal action inside the campus without any orders from any Magistrate against whom sufficient evidence of using excessive force against un-armed students is available.

The Chamber of Commerce welcomed the step taken by the government to order a time bound probe and is sure that a free fair and impartial report shall be submitted for further necessary action. The Chamber feels that peace is imperative for the development of our state and cautioned the people at large and the civil society that if such incidents re-occur then we may be deprived of getting or even asking the Government of India to sanction NIT like prestigious institutions for Kashmir and no one else but we shall solely be blamed for the same. The Chamber appeals to the Chief Minister Smt. Mehbooba Mufti to take all these incidents very seriously and take urgent corrective measures and at the same time appeals to all the NIT students to feel safe and secured and devote their time towards their studies as the exams are approaching fast.

The Office Bearers also present in the meeting include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer

(Rakesh Gupta)


President

                           

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                             6th April 2016

The Chamber condemns the trail of incidents that happened at NIT Srinagar. The Chamber welcomes immediate deployment of CRPF ordered by the State government and demands that this CRPF deployment be made permanent in the wake of situation that may reoccur. The Chamber questions the entry of Police inside the campus and classrooms of NIT and demands suspension of Police Officers present at that time and also demands that the police personnel who entered the class rooms to beat up the students which also include some handicapped students be suspended with immediate effect. The Chamber condemns the statement made by some quarters in the government that it was a light lathi charge as the injuries inflicted on the students are a testimony that it was a very brutal lathi charge. The Chamber President received calls from some of the students and got exact and factual inputs and accordingly talked to DGP Sh. K.Rajendra and asked him to ensure the safety of the students and take urgent necessary action. The Chamber also condemns the threats made by some faculty members in NIT and appeals to the Ministry of HRD who were provided substantial evidence by the students regarding the threats they received and advises the ministry to sack them with immediate effect.

The Parents of many students were deeply shocked and felt in secure for the safety of their Children studying at NIT and called on the Chamber President and his team.

The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta also contacted Sh. Mushtaq Ahamd Wani, President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Mohd. Yaseen Khan, President Traders Federation Kashmir and Mohd. Ashraf, President , Federation of Industries Kashmir and requested them to go to NIT immediately to ask the welfare of the students but they were not allowed inside by the Police. The Chamber expresses its displeasures that no Minister from the government visited the NIT Campus to take stock of ugly situation and take necessary measures accordingly.

The Chamber of Commerce & Industry appeals to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt. Mehbooba Mufti to intervene immediately as the situation may go out of hand if the culprits are not booked and action taken.

The Office bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General.

(Arun Gupta)


Secretary General

                           

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                             6th April 2016

An urgent meeting was convened at the Chamber house today where in the demands of the Sarafa Association and the Swarankar Sangh were discussed. The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta and his team of office bearers expressed great concern as the Jewellery trade strike and shut down was since March 2nd almost more than 35 days rendering millions of workers jobless and on verge of starvation. It was also a matter of great loss to the countrys economy the President said.

The Chamber of Commerce fails to understand the logic behind such moves of the government by making the things complicated for business people by imposing excise which the chamber feels is a move towards promoting inspector raj which was contrary to the promise of the Union government towards Ease of doing Business & Make in India Initiative. The Chamber suggests to the Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaitley to impose 1% additional Customs duty at the first point of Import Gold Bullion which would yield more revenue rather than imposing excise duty.

The Chamber feels that if the Union government goes on with this dictatorial diktats there may be loss of life as also happened in the previous agitation in 2012 by the jewellers when 22 people lost their precious lives. “IS THE GOVERNMENT WAITING FOR THE PEOPLE TO COMMIT SUICIDES? “

The Chamber of Commerce fells that if the Union Government does not take any positive decision soon then the Chambers and other Apex trade bodies pan India will have no option but to call for shut down across India which would be our last resort as the Government till now has turned deaf ears towards the genuine demand of Jewellers to roll back the imposed excise duty. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry also appeals to the Hon ble Prime Minister Sh. Narinder Bhai Modi to take the same view on imposition of Excise as he did in 2012 openly supporting the Jewellers.

Among others Office Bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the meeting include Sh. Sham Lal Langer,Sr Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary CCI and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer CCI.

(Rakesh Gupta)


President

                           

CCI/16/2016                                                   Press Note                               24th March 2016

Today on the request of President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta, Sh. Jugal Kishore Sharma, Hon’ble Member Parliament paid visit to the Chamber House and discussed  the demands made by the chamber to the previous political  regime and also to the Hon’ble Governor  of J&K State.  The Chamber also made it very clear that besides economic activities the Chamber shall not in any way go back on the demands concerning general public for example simplification of process for issuing Permanent Resident Certificate(PRCs), Super Specialty Hospital in Jammu to be out sourced, creation of Commercial & Parking spaces and  many other like issues.

On this occasion as requested by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry the Hon’ble Member Parliament Sh.  Jugal Kishore Sharma handed over a letter to the Chamber Office Bearers contributing the sum of Rs. 10 lacs out of his MPLAD funds for up gradation of facilities. It is pertinent to know that  the Chamber House being the  hub of economic activities representing all business and Industrial people of  Jammu province needs to be upgraded so that various business organsaition as also Social Orgainsations can use the space in the Chamber House for meetings and awareness campaigns for the public at large. Among others, the  Member Parliament was  accompanied  by  Senior  BJP Leaders Sh. Vikram Randhawa, Sh. Baldeev Singh, Sh. Vinay Gupta and Sh. Chander Shekhar.  The Chamber Officer Bearers present on the occasions include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

The Chamber also thanked Sh. Kavinder Gupta, Hon’ble Speaker J&K State Legislative Assembly for his contribution of Rs. 5 lacs, Sh. Ashok Khajuria, Hon’ble MLC for contributing Rs. 10 lacs and Smt. Priya Sethi, Hon’ble Ex-Minister for Education for contributing Rs. 5 lacs for the same purpose.

(Rakesh Gupta)


President

                           

CCJ/16/2016                                    Press Note                                      4th March 2016


The Delegation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu called on the Hon’ble Governor Sh. N.N. Vohra today at Civil Secretariat Jammu and brought to his notice the following issues for consideration and necessary action.


JDA Issues

A.      Allotment of land for proposed business club for the members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry

In this regard we would like to submit that the case is already pending with the JDA for allotment of 25 kanals of land situated at Kunjwani bearing khasra no 62 which could not be allotted earlier despite the agenda being circulated among the board members because of flashfloods last year. In this regard we would like to make it clear that most of the traders and industrialists who are members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry cannot get membership in the clubs situated in Jammu because of low literacy level. The membership for the proposed club shall purely be available for the members of Chamber of Commerce & Industry. We request you to please pass necessary instructions to the VC JDA to do the needful at the earliest.

 

B.       Mortgage of shops allotted by JDA for the purpose of availing banking loans.

In this regard we would like to submit that the shops allotted by JDA to the people carrying business activities are not allowed to mortgage the shops to the banking institutions for obtaining loans for business purposes.  It is requested to you to pass necessary instructions to VC JDA to do the needful at the earliest.

C.       Revised Master Plan for Jammu City

We would like to submit to your goodselves that finalization of Master Plan 2025 is an issue which needs future vision considering the lack of commercial space, parking space / toilets in the Jammu city.

It needs no mention that due to lack of vision by the previous governments no provision for commercial places / parking places / toilets was kept in the previous plans leading to so called unauthorized commercial activity being carried on in the residential colonies.

We request you that Chamber of Commerce & Industry be consulted before any such finalization so that the option of allowing a mixed land use in certain areas can be discussed.

D.      Pending regularization of Shops in Warehouse, Nehru Market & Transport Nagar

It is humbly submitted to your goodselves that in a communication number PS/MHUD/02/2001 dated 24th April 2001 from Housing and Urban Development Department it was decided after negotiations with Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu to regularize the allotment of shops in Warehouse, Nehru Market and Transport Yard after charging Rs. 7000/- per sqft.

In this regard we wish to inform you that the business people in possession of such shops and carrying on business had deposited part payments but the department has refused to accept the further balance payments.

We request your goodselves to pass on necessary urgent instructions to the Jammu Development authority so that the balance payment could be made by the traders and regularization could be done. The copy of the said letter from the Housing and Urban Development Department is enclosed herewith for your ready reference.

E.       Pending Lease deeds execution of shops in Shiv Market Rail Head Complex Jammu

This is to bring into your kind notice that Jammu Development Authority had issued public notice  no. JDA/CA-118 dated 11-11-2008 that appeared in the local dailies regarding the revised transfer fee rates for JDA’s Commercial / Residential Assets.

On the basis of said mentioned public notice the occupants of the shops in Mini Shopping Center Rail Head Complex Jammu had applied for the transfer of said shops and execution of lease deeds in  their names as they had also deposited the requisite fee for the same with JDA.

It is regardless to mention that inspite of several representations made by the occupants of the said market with the concerned authorities, JDA has not taken up the matter seriously thus depriving the occupants of the lease deeds to executed.

You are therefore requested to kindly issue necessary instructions to the concerned JDA authorities to sort out the matter at the earliest.

F.       Conferring of ownership rights at Prem Nagar, Vivekanand Chowk Jammu

We request your goodselves that conferring of ownership rights at Prem Nagar, Vivekanand Chowk, Jammu is still pending since long.

Tourism

A.      Golf Course fee

 

The Jammu Tawi Golf Course at Sidhra was built on vast stretch of State land by public money for the promotion of tourism in Jammu. It has come up very nicely and is now a landmark of Jammu.

But it is a matter of great concern that Golf Course has failed to attract local tourism service providers as membership fee has been quite high. While “Service Category” membership is Re. One Lac only, “Business Category” membership fee is fixed at Rs. Five Lacs. Further monthly subscription in case of business category is double than service category.

Going by rough estimates 80% of Golf Course membership comprises of Service Category. Though Tourism Department has managed to organize a few tournaments on this Golf Course in recent past, but it has failed to attract attention of tourism fraternity due to enormously high cost of membership for tourism service providers and private business people.  Business community of Jammu is quite concerned about this discrimination.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry very humbly requests your good self to please order concerned authorities to reduce Business Category membership fee to half and also introduce a special category for recognized tourism service providers of Jammu (including those who have already applied) with fees equivalent to Service Category membership. The monthly subscription should also be kept equal for all the categories.

B.       Withdrawal of service tax on Helly services for pilgrims

We request your goodselves to consider the withdrawal of service tax on helly services which was imposed some time back, as we feel that taxing pilgrimage is not in the interest of the state.

C.       Up-gradation and professional handling of  Machil Yatra including Helly services

We request your goodselves that up-gradation and professional handling of Machil Yatra including Helly services needs urgent attention so that more and more pilgrims could visit this far flung sector which would help the economy of the state.

D.      Development of Suchetgarh tourism Circuit

We request your goodselves that urgent steps be taken to develop the Suchgarh tourism sector keeping in view that there are  large number of people who would love to visit Suchetgarh for border tourism on the pattern of Wagha Border.

E.       Identification of Land to be made available to BSF for construction of first ever Museum at Suchetgarh.

We request your goodselves to identify and hand over sufficient chunk of land to BSF for the construction  of first ever BSF(Museum) at Suchetgarh which  would attract  lakhs of tourists to this place.

F.       Reconstitution of JKTDC Board and nomination of Tourism Federation of Jammu representatives in various boards and advisory committees of the State / Central Government. 

We request your goodselves that reconstitution of JKTDC Board and nomination of Tourism Federation of Jammu  representatives in various boards and advisory committees of the State / Central Government be expedited.

Revenue

A.      Simplification of process of issuance of State Subject

 

Sir, the check list to apply for issuance of a State Subjects need to be reviewed and simplified. If a person applying for a State Subject has the State Subjects of his Father and Grandfather already then there should be no need for any other document and the same should be issued within 3 days of applying. At the same time no steps have been taken for digitalization of records which is the need of the hour as it is difficult to get certificates regarding old records from Mahafiz Khana

B.       Land for expansion of Jammu Airport

Sir , We request your good self to take urgent steps to hand over 800 kanal of Land allotted to the Department of Animal Husbandry in Belicharana lying defunct to the Airport Authority of India who have sufficient funds to create a state of art airport in Jammu. This would help in safe landing of flights , more flight , lesser cost of tickets and help the ailing economy of Jammu.

Housing / Urban Development

 

A.      Completion of STP for old city delayed by NBC(National Building Construction Corporation

We  request your urgent attention towards getting the STP functional for the old city being constructed by National Building Corporation.

Health

A.      Functioning of Super Specialty Hospital in Jammu

Sir, the functioning of Super Specialty Hospital in Jammu has not met the purpose for which it was created and the people are being denied the Right to Medical Treatment which is a Fundamental Right. The People at large have to go to the other states to get treated which is very inconvenient and costly. We request your good self to take effective steps to make it a visible Super Specialty or Outsource the same. We also request that this very institution should be made a Paid Medical Institution at a subsidized cost so that it can meet up the expenses needed to run it smoothly.

B.       Setting up of AIIMS at Jammu and Srinagar

Sir , the GOI had constituted a team to visit and finalize the sites for setting up of AIIMS in both Jammu and Srinagar. The team has already visited Jammu but their visit to Srinagar is still awaited. We request you good self to take up this matter on priority basis so that the much awaited proper notification for setting up of AIIMS in both regions of the state could be issued by GOI.

C.       Amendment in process of prosecution by Drugs Control department in case any drug fails a quality test.

We request your goodselves to revise the process of prosecution by Drug Control department in case any drug fails quality test. As of now a person having a bonafide drug license who supplies / sells medicines on behalf of manufacturer is also booked as “accused”, whereas we feel that if the supplier is in possession of manufacturers invoice copy, he should be booked as “witness” and not as “accused”

Industries Issues

A.      Ease of Doing Business

We request your goodselves that policy regarding “ease of doing business” was announced by the government sometime back but has not been implemented yet.

B.       New Industrial Policy

We request your goodselves to take urgent note that the existing Industrial Policy expired on 31-03-3015 and it has been extended upto 31-03-2016. We request that the New Industrial Policy be announced keeping in view the representations submitted to your goodselves

C.       Thrust Area Industry

As per the J&K Industrial Policy certain areas have been designated as thrust areas where the government wants to attract investments. Some of these industries are in manufacturing sector and others are service sector industries. At present service sector industries which have been categorized as thrust area industries and have even been cleared by apex project clearance committee  headed by Chief Secretary are being charged  commercial rates for power. This anomaly should be removed and service sector industries which are categorized as thrust areas industries and have been cleared by APCC should be charged industrial tariff as applicable to manufacturing industries

Other Important Issues

A.      Work progress on sanctioned developmental projects in Jammu

Sir, it a matter of great concern that the Projects already sanctioned have either yet to be started or the pace of work is invisible. We request your goodself to make public the factual status of  projects like Gandola , Artificial Lake , Mubarak Mandi , Patnitop development and Convention Centre and also take effective steps to make their completion time bound.

B.       Action against tainted / non performing public servants

Sir , While we appreciate your present directives that have led to visible work culture in the various government departments we also request your good self to act immediately against Tainted and Non Performing Public Servants . We also request you to make sure that Persons holding key posts which are the face of our state are such who are persons of integrity and not such who are facing corruption charges or strictured by the judiciary .

C.       Abolition of Interview system for Non Gazatted Posts

 

Sir, we request you to review the system of Interviews for the Non Gazatted Posts which we feel should be abolished as it leads to corrupt practices and deprives the genuine common man who does not have influence to get jobs.

D.      Contribution from discretionary grant for completion of balance work of Chamber house at Rail Head Complex Jammu 

Sir, As you are well aware that Chamber of Commerce & Industry the apex body representing all types of trades, industries and service industry is the face of any economy of a State/ Province and also the pride of the business community. The Chamber house at Rail head complex Jammu was constructed way back in 1990’s and needs to be upgraded as a corporate house and more space to be created.

Although we are spending on renovations and creating more space  from our own sources wherein lot of activities shall be conducted in the interest of the business community and liasoning with the  government. We request you to contribute suitable amount from your discretionary grant as the completion of this project needs more than rupees five crores.

 

Amnesty of   GST Recoveries

It is submitted that amnesty be announced to waive off the interest / penalties during the GST period / Pre VAT so that it gives a great relief to the people in business and also result in collection of huge revenue to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir.    

Amnesty on account of faults in classification in VAT Act.

We request that amnesty be allowed on account of faults due to wrong   classifications of various commodities  for traders in case of VAT rates E.g Tin foil for packing material (should be 5% ), printer/ multi-functional printers(should be 5%), shoes (should be 5%)

Exemption of Service tax on GYM services

GYM services should be exempted from service tax

 

Exemption of Entertainment Tax on Games Zone

Entertainment tax on running indoor activities like 5-D and 9-D theatres, bowling, Video games rides etc should be exempted.

 

Variation of VAT Rates compared PAN India

VAT on Desi Ghee and margine , Soap, Dry Fruits,UPS and printing cartridges, poly carbonates sheets and plastic sheets, file covers  etc should be brought at par with  neighbouring states at 5%.

Power tariff for service industry / amnesty

We request that the power tariff for the hotels and service industry should be brought at par with industrial tariff and also amnesty on old recoveries be granted wherein interest and penalty be waived off as one time settlement for hotels and shops etc.

VAT on Educational material

 

We request to your goodself that all education materials being used by students for studies as well as practical works etc should be brought under Zero% VAT Category

Tax on CSD Products

It is submitted that the high rate of taxation on the products sold through CSD  in respect of automobile is resulting in the loss of revenue to the state of J&K as well as badly hitting the sales of local dealers as the taxations in the nearby states is much lesser which encourages people in our state to buy the products from outside the state. It is pertinent to note that the state exchequer is incurring heavy losses not only on account lesser sale of units but also on account of the registration fee in case of vehicles. As such it is requested that the rate of tax should be brought down to 5%.

 

Service tax on Banquet Halls

 

One time service tax to be deposited on the food being served

 

Service tax on education

Service tax to be charged from tutorials and not from Schools and colleges

VAT on Shawls

We request you please to exempt all types of shawls from any taxation

Threshold limit for payment of Composite  tax in respect of small traders/ Daabawals

As a relief to small traders and eateries a COT scheme was notified under SRO 404 dated 29th November 2007 wherein establishment having turnover of more than 7.5 lacs but not exceeding 20 lacs are supposed to pay composite tax at 12000 per annum within municipal limits and Rs. 6000 outside municipal limits. However despite a lapse of more than eight years the turnover has not been revised to be exempted. As such it is humbly prayed that the turnover to be covered under COT be increased from Rs. 20 lacs at present to Rs. 50 lacs keeping in view the impact of inflation over past eight years.

Creations of New Wholesale markets / IT Parks / Cold Storages

It is almost 50 years now that one warehouse came into existence at Bikram Chowk to transact the wholesale business and thereafter no such places were identified to be developed for expanding the business for the next generations. This lack of vision has resulted into total congestion and saturation in the Jammu city. We request that adequate funds be earmarked for trade specific additional warehouses / IT parks and cold storages.

 

Affordable houses

 

It is submitted that affordable houses for one and all is the need of the hour which is supported by government of India. We request that adequate funds be earmarked for development of such facilities.

 

VAT billing software

 

It is submitted that VAT on software that is used for VAT billing be exempted from taxation.

 

Extension for regularly exempted goods

It is submitted that exemption on Paddy, Rice, Wheat, Pulses, Flour, Aata, Maida, Suji, Besan and Dhalia be continued on the same pattern and as such necessary orders be issued by the Finance Department to keep these products in Zero% category.

Exemption of Toll on import of fresh fruits and vegetables

It is submitted that the toll tax being charged on import of fresh fruit & vegetables  be totally exempted on the same pattern of exemption on export of Apple.

Toll tax exemption on Rice husk

 

At present Rice Sheller industry is facing acute financial crunch.  They are selling rice husk which is the byproduct of rice @ Rs. 120 per Qtl and the toll on the same is Rs. 70 per Qtl. To make the rice Sheller industry viable we request that export of  rice husk should be exempted from payment of toll tax. 

Industrial Sector

 

Power amnesty scheme for closed units

It is requested that power amnesty scheme for the industrial units which are not running and their power connections have been disconnected should be granted one time amnesty scheme.

 

Power amnesty scheme for existing / running units

Huge amount of government money as electricity charges are under dispute with the existing/ running industrial units. We request that an amnesty scheme at par with domestic power amnesty scheme issued by the government earlier should also be announced for industrial units having dispute of power bills.

 

Toll Tax on Cricket Bat Industry

The export of cricket bats are exempted from the purview of toll tax as per the industrial incentives available in the state for which an exemption form is required to be filled which is not only time consuming but also hamper the export process. We request that toll tax on export of Cricket bats should be totally exempted and there should be no formality whatsoever to be completed in this regard.

Special Cluster for Cricket BAT Industry

A lot of Cricket Bat Industry is running in un-organised sector. We suggest that a cluster area be developed for cricket bat industry near Jammu i.e Bishneh, Nagrota and one Kanal plots be allotted to the existing industry keeping in view the cluster development policy and incentives from MSME by Govt. of India.

Exemption of CST and submission of C-forms for sports goods

To boost the Cricket bat industry the UP Government has exempted CST and submission of C-forms for sports goods including cricket bats due to which the trade of sports goods including the cricket bat has diverted from our state to UP and our cricket bat manufacturing industry is facing crunch on this account. Sir, the Willow clefts are being produced in our state but the UP government is harnessing the benefits. We request that to save the cricket bat industry of our state the submission of C-forms as well as CST should be exempted for sports goods.

 

Entry tax on Import of machinery and spares

Although SRO 105 has been issued with regard to this but it needs to be further enforced intra-departmentally to be followed in letter and spirit at Lakhanpur check post.

 

Free hold rights for industrial units

The Industrial land is being allotted on lease hold basis to the unit holders. We suggest to give free hold rights to the entrepreneurs who belong to J&K state. This will ease the pressure on them to avail extra finances from the financial institutions.

 

Negative List

In the era of liberalization we suggest that there should be no negative list with regard to toll tax and VAT for all the industrial products barring items as envisaged in the negative lists issued by Govt. of India.

 

Creation of New Industrial Estates

We regret to inform that besides the announcement made by your goodself in your last budget that a land bank of approximately 10 thousand kanals will be developed in our state. Till date we are not aware of any progress on this account which needs to be pushed more vigorously to encourage entrepreneurship.

 

Delayed Payment Act

All though the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir has issued orders in this regard excluding the state government departments and corporations.   This needs further improvement and we suggest that Govt. of India delayed payment act be implemented in toto.

 

Service Tax on Contract Labour

We request that service tax on account of payments made to the contract labour should be charged on the amount being charged by service provider over and above the wages & benefits actually paid instead of taking into consideration  to whole component.

Toll Tax exemption to Industry

We request that toll tax exemption should be made available to all industrial units without submission of exemption forms and it should be on self affirmation of the entrepreneurs.We also request that Green Channel should be made available for early clearance of industrial goods.

VAT remission and VAT refund on Raw material by SICOP

The existing incentive of VAT remission on finished goods and cash less VAT refund on raw materials purchased through SICOP is expiring on 31-03-2016 which needs to be further extended.

Release of Payment to Industrial units by the treasuries

We request that the payment due to industrial units should be made on priority basis through the designated treasuries for industries.

Post GST scenario for industry

 We request that all the incentives available to the industrial units during VAT regime should continue after implementation of GST Act in our state.

The Hon’ble Governor assured speedy disposal of the genuine issues raised by Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The Office bearers of  Chamber of Commerce & Industry who accompanied the delegation include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary  and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer

 

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)
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Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

 

CCJ/16/2016                                                    Press Note                            25th February 2016

An urgent meeting was held today at Chamber House regarding the transfers in the administration ordered by the government today.
President Chamber of Commerce & Industry hailed the decision of transfer of Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Commercial Taxes who was hell-bent upon harassing the business community ever since he took over. The Chamber thanks the State Administrative Council who have taken such decision after it was highlighted by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the press meeting held on 20th February 2016 wherein the Chamber had requested in a communication to the Hon’ble Governor.
“Action against Tainted / Non Performing Public Servants

Sir , While we appreciate your present directives that have led to visible work culture in the various government departments we also request your good self to act immediately against Tainted and Non Performing Public Servants . We also request you to make sure that Persons holding key posts which are the face of our state are such who are persons of integrity and not such who are facing corruption charges or strictured by the judiciary .”
It may not be out of place to mention that the division bench of high court then headed by Justice Mr. M.M Kumar had directed the removal of Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan who was then Dy. Commissioner Srinagar on the grounds that he was facing corruption charges in the Gulmarg land scam. This judgment of the division bench was challenged by the government in the apex court but the decision of the division bench was up held by the apex court. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry feels that the removal of such tainted officers is just tip of the iceberg and any such tainted/ non performing officers should not be posted on key posts which are the face of our state.
The meeting was attended by the office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer

(Deepak Aggarwal)

Vice President


CCJ/16/2016                                                   Press Note                               26th January 2016

Chamber of Commerce & Industry celebrated 67th Republic Day with Traditional gaiety. Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industry, unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of National Anthem. Addressing the members Sh. Rakesh Gupta highlighting the achievements made by the country after Independence. Sweets were distributed among the members on the occasion He also asked the members to be united and work with dedication, transparency and sincerity to serve the nation and the society. Prominent among others present on the occasion include Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Vice President CCI, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh Ashu Gupta, Treasurer CCI, Sh. Rajendra Motial, former Secretary General, Sh. Shiv Partap Gupta, Sh. Vinod Malhotra, Sh. S.K. Sareen, Sh. Sudershan Kohli, Sh. Raghubir Gupta, Sh. Davinder Batra, Sh. Jagdish Langer, Sh. Ajay Langer, Sh. Ashwani Khullar, Sh. Manmohan Singh, Sh. Balwinder Singh, Sh. Kuldip Singh, Sh. Vishwamitter, Sh. Rajinder Parshad, Sh. Subash Gupta, Sh. Rajesh Gupta , Sh. Banka Misra and others.

(Arun Gupta)


Secretary

CCJ/16/2016                                                        Press Note                                8th January 2016

Sh. Haseeb. A Drabu
Hon’ble Finance Minister
J&K State
Sir,
An urgent press conference was organized at the Chamber House to condole the sad demise of Jenab Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Hon’ble Chief Minister of the state of Jammu & Kashmir yesterday.
The President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta alongwith his office bearers expressed heartfelt condolence on the sad demise of Jenab Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Hon’ble CM. The President said that Mufti Sahib has left us at a very crucial juncture where the people of the state needed him the most. He also said that its not easy to find a replacement of a person like the stature of Mufti Sahib as he was a person with strong determination , vision and had the ability to take tough decisions in this torn and conflict zone state.
The President Chamber on this occasion appreciated the timely action of the PDP and unanimously reposing faith in the leadership of Madam Mehbooba Mufti by a communication to the His Excellency Sh. NN Vohra , The Governor of the State. The Chamber extends full support to Madam Mehbooba Mufti and wishes her all the very best to in taking over the reins of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The President said although it will take time for Mehbooba ji to act without the guidance of her Father as “she is a loving daughter who has lost her loving father just yesterday” but we are very sure that with her long experience staying in politics and learning from her father as also being in touch with cross sections of society it will not take long for her to streamline and take urgent necessary measures to keep away the destructive forces from disturbing the hard earned peace in the state.
The President Chamber also appreciated the stand of the BJP in supporting the internal decision of PDP to unanimously choose Mehbooba ji as the next CM.
The other office bearers present in the Press Conference include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

(Rahul Mahajan)


Secretary

CCJ/15/2015                                                       Press Note                                30th December 2015

Sh. Haseeb. A Drabu
Hon’ble Finance Minister
J&K State
Sir,
We bring to your kind notice the following points for favourable consideration.We strongly resent the way the Commercial Tax department team alongwith Police force raided the premises of one of our member in Kanak Mandi.
We also resent the way the Commercial tax survey teams are visiting the different premises of our members. They harass the owner of the business establishments even if they do not find anything wrong during survey.
The vigilance team of the Commercial tax department is acting arbitrarily. They even refuse to listen to the genuine businessmen transferring their stocks from godowns to shops even if the party has proper challan of the company from whom the goods have been purchased. If the party has loaded the purchased goods in two load carriers and is having only one challan / bill for the whole material is also penalized by the vigilance team.
Though the businessmen are ready to upload VAT 65 but due to the lack of proper documents within the required time for uploading the VAT 65, they are unable to upload the same. Till such time the department properly guides the business community the previous process of uploading VAT-65 should be allowed to continue.
A genuine businessman who has applied for stay against the notices issued by the Commercial tax department without taking into consideration the case and without giving them any chance to be heard should be given stay and heard properly and appeal be disposed off in a stipulated time.

((Rakesh Gupta))


President

CC: Sh. Naveen Kumar Choudhary, IAS Commissioner Secretary, Finance Department for inf. & na

                           

CCJ/15/2015                                                       Press Note                                28th December 2015

A meeting was convened at the Chamber House today on 28-12-2015 under the Presidentship of Sh. Rakesh Gupta wherein all the Office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu, Office Bearers of Bari Brahmana Industries Association and Office bearers of Association of Industries Gangyal participated to discuss the problems being faced by the trade and industry so that the same could be taken up during the forth-coming Pre-budget meeting.
Those present in the meeting included Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President CCI, Sh. Rajesh Jain, Chairman FOI, Sh. Lalit Mahajan, President Bari Brahmana Industries Association, Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary CCI, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer CCI, , Sh. Rahul Bansal, Sr. Vice President BBIA, Sh. Varun Singla, Vice President BBIA, Sh. Ajay Langer, General Secretary BBIA, Sh. Viraj Malhotra, Treasurer BBIA, Sh. Bansi Lal Gupta, Sr. Vice President Association of Industries Gangyal, Sh. Ashok Jain, Vice President, Association of Industries Gangyal, Sh. S.B. Abrol, Secretary General Association of Industries Gangyal, Sh. Vijay Sharma, Secretary Association of Industries Gangyal, and Sh. Sanjeev Vig, Treasurer.
Threadbare discussions were held regarding the problems being faced by the industries in particular and traders in general. It was unanimously decided to take all the problems with the government during the pre-budget meeting logically and forcibly so that the long pending demands of trade and industry could meet justice in the forth-coming budget for 2016-17.

(Arun Gupta)


Secretary General

                           

CCJ/15/2015                                                       Press Note                                14th December 2015

The meeting of the Executive Committee of Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held on Saturday 12th December 2015 under the Presidentship of Shri Rakesh Gupta.
At the outset Secretary General Sh. Arun Gupta welcomed the members and informed about the sad demise of some Sr. Members of the Executive Committee during the period. The members present in the meeting observed two minutes silence to condole their demise.
Thereafter the house with one voice confirmed the Minutes of the last meeting of the Executive Committee held on 12th December 2014.
Secretary General Sh. Arun Gupta placed before the house the report on the Interim activities.
While taking up the Agenda Point regard extension and renovation of Meeting Hall at the ground floor, various suggestions were put forth by the members. After thorough discussions the house unanimously granted permission for the extension and renovation of the existing meeting hall and authorized the office bearers to proceed further in this regard.
To associate all the business associations with Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the house with one voice approved and fixed the fee for enrollment of Association at Rs. 15000/- + subscription which was Rs. 25000 before.
Regarding the Agenda Point about the President’s Post of Joint Chamber, Sh. Rakesh Gupta, President put before the members to decide whether the sitting President of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu should have been the President of Joint Chamber or the Past President. The majority of the members were of the view that the sitting President should have been the President of Joint Chamber as this post is held by virtue of being President of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu
The house also approved the enrollment of new members for the financial year 2014-2015.
Sh. Rakesh Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry informed the house that Sh. S.P. Bhandari Sr. Most Staff member has been given retirement w.e.f 31st May 2014. The house approved the same.
In the end Sh. Sham Lal Langer Sr. Vice President presented the Vote of Thanks.

(Arun Gupta)


Secretary General

                           

CCJ/15/2015                                                        Press Note                               12th October 2015

With a view to take stock of situation arising out of the criminal attack in Udhampur on the Kashmir bound goods carrier and its cascading impact on the social, political and economic environment of the state, an urgent joint meeting of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) was convened at the office of KCC&I in Srinagar, today the 12th of October 2015. The President JCC&I Mr. Rakesh Gupta represented the Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry while, President KCC&I Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Wani represented KCC&I. It was unanimously agreed in the meeting that the unabated politically motivated attacks on truckers are bound to spell doom on all walks of human life through out the state of J&K unless curbed with a heavy hand so that the disruptive elements and their activities are paralyzed forever in future which will help the people to hold the high values of peace, amity and brotherhood for which the people of J&K are known for.

After detailed discussion on the alarming situation prevailing now, the two apex business organizations of the Sate vehemently condemn the spree of attacks on innocent truckers by the politically motivated goons and the ineffective action taken by the government to curb them with a heavy hand.In a joint statement the two Chambers appealed and demanded that the Government should immediately come in action, to trace the culprits/ disruptive elements and punish and prevent them for their nefarious activity, before it is too late.

 

It was also decided that both the Chambers will fight all such elements jointly who want to dilute the identity of the permanent residents of Jammu & Kashmir by debating on sections of constitution.

 

It was also decided that periodical meetings between the Two Chambers will be held regularly in future where issues of mutual interest will be deliberated and join action taken.

 

.  (Mushtaq Ahmad Wani )
 President

KCC&I

.  (Rakesh Gupta)
 President

JCC&I amp;I

                           

CCJ/15/2015                                                           Press Note                                 11th October 2015

“Jammu-Sialkot Peace Mission Ride”
Biker Brotherhood Motorcycle Club, CCI favour opening borders for peace
11 october 2015

JAMMU: In wake of escalation on borders and prevailing hostilities on either sides of the fence, Biker Brotherhood Motorcycle Club, India in association with Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a “Jammu-Sialkot Peace Mission Ride” which was flagged off from Bahu Plaza by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Danish Rana in presence of CCI President Rakesh Gupta here this morning. Over forty riders became part of this historic ride which after passing through Gandhi Nagar, Satwari, R S Pura culminated at Suchetgarh where Border Security Force (BSF) personnel flagged in the Rally.

 

Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmad, Bureau chief Times Now Pardeep Duta, social activist Ruchi Chauhan Khan, Commissioner Taxation Arvind Kotwal, Mendhar Youth Club President Nadeem Khan, animal rights activist Rumpy Madan and Sunny Dua were also present on the occasion. Rider and President of Biker Brotherhood Motorcycle Club, India Jugraj Singh led this first ever Peace Rally with an aim to spread message of peace and brotherhood across the borders.

 

All the bikers of Bikers Brotherhood Motorcycle Club India along with members of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry were given a warm welcome at border. This club is an an amalgam of young bikers who had been riding for social causes in and outside the state since past over five years. The Club President while interacting with media said that this Bike Ride from Jammu to Suchetgarh, R S Pura was taken up with sole aim to spread message of peace and harmony besides seeking opening of this stretch of border on the pattern of Wagah, Amritsar

 

Jugraj Singh added that in view of recent escalations on Indo-Pak border The Bikers Brotherhood Motorcycle Club hope that this ride would send a strong message of peace on either sides of the fence and regenerate a hope amongst those separated during bloody partition of 1947. He added that there are a number of families, individuals, writers, teachers, professionals and artists on both sides of the fence who had fond memories of pre-partition era and this proposed ride will help not only help them remember their past but also kindle a hope of making these borders irrelevant one fine day.

 

He added that this border line should be converted into Line of Commerce and Connectivity. He said that this border must be opened on the pattern of Wagah borer in Amritsar so that people on both sides enter into peace and progress.

 

Later Mr Rakesh Gupta of CCI said that several families on this side of the fence have faced the brunt of firing incidents on the Indo-Pak border who have also lost their property and precious human lives. He appealed to both the Governments of India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and let peace prevail. He said that opening of border will end hostilities and encourage people to people connectivity.

 

.  (Arun Gupta)
 Secretary General                           

CCJ/15/2015                                                           Press Note                                  09th October 2015

A press conference was organized at Chamber House today to express the concern of Chamber of Commerce & Industry regarding Regional Discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh , Slow progress on sanctioned tourism related projects, Non Maintenance of Roads in Jammu, Harassment of business community by the Commercial taxes department and Failure of the state government to finalize  Ease to do business norms.

 

The Chamber President Sh. Rakesh Gupta while addressing  the press cautioned  The Government of India to make the bifurcation in the proposed central assistance package of seventy thousand crores and make it clear as to what amount in the package is meant to rehabilitate THE REFUGEES OF 1947 , 1965 , 1971 , THE BORDER FIRING VICTIMS IN JAMMU PROVINCE , what amount for supporting the INDUSTRIES IN JAMMU and what amount to compensate the TOURISM RELATED BUSINESS PEOPLE including Hotels and Taxi Operators who are running into losses and what amount for flood related losses.

 

The Chamber President strongly opposed the discrimination by the JKTDC neglecting the name of Ladakh and Jammu in the electronic advertisement being run on National Channels which only reflects “Kashmir Calling” which should have been “Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh Calling”. The Chamber President further advised the JKTDC to make an advertisement to promote Religious & Suchetgarh in Border Tourism and showcase Mata Vaisho Devi Shrine , Shadara Shariff , Kailash Yatra , Budhha Amarnath in Jammu Province and Shri Baba Amarnath in Kashmir.

 

Jenab Mufti Mohd. Sayeed, Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K has announced in a Press Conference that Jammu will be developed as a Tourist circuit but nothing has been done on ground in this regard till date.

 

The Chamber strongly protested that the sanctioned tourism related projects like Gandola , Artificial Lake , Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex , Patnitop Rope way, Bus Stand and other such projects mainly funded by the GOI have still not seen the light of the day due to total inefficiency of the state government resulting in drop of tourist inflow to Jammu.

 

The Chamber questioned the R&B department as to why the roads in Jammu were not being maintained and where was the allocation of money meant for this purpose being spent. The non maintenance of Roads in Jammu city has resulted in traffic jamming and damage to all commercial and non commercial vehicles.

 

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry cautioned the department of Commercial taxes not to harass the business community in Jammu who are honest tax payers during the festival season. The Chamber advises the department to introspect their wing at Lakhanpur responsible for any evasion of taxes and allowing some people to import goods without entering them in records for best reasons know to them and Chamber is always against such people involved in or facilitating such acts resulting in loss of economy to the state.

 

The Chamber also questioned the Department of Industries on being ranked at the 29th position out of 32 states in India scoring just 5.93% as per the assessment recorded by the World Bank on EASE TO DO BUSINESS. The inefficiency of the department and rampant corruption has brought disgrace to the state as a whole.

 

Other office bearers of Chamber of Commerce & Industry present in the Press Conference include Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer.

 

.  (Arun Gupta)
 Secretary General                           

 

CCJ/15/2015                                                           Press Note                                  2nd October 2015

Railways

That, it has been a long pending demand to upgrade and modernize the Railway Station at Jammu. In this regard we would like to request the creation of additional three railway tracks as the space is very much available and just needs planning. That, there are no provisions available for the people to reach the platform comfortably in the absence of any escalators. This causes great hardship to the passengers especially the aged and the handicapped people. That, we would also request your goodselves for getting approved and create an additional entrance from the back side of the existing railway statio