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Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     19th September 2022


CCI delegation calls on CS, highlights demands of traders, industrialists A delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) led by its General Secretary Gaurav Gupta met Chief Secretary A K Mehta and highlighted various demands of the traders and industrialists besides the common masses of Jammu. At the outset of the meeting, Gaurav raised the issue of unnecessary harassment of traders by way of anti-encroachment drive by JMC whereby the concerned authorities were penalizing those shopkeepers who have placed their goods well within the yellow line drawn by the same civic body. He said that the JMC is harassing the traders for no fault of theirs and requested the Chief Secretary to intervene and stop this injustice henceforth. On the issue of Smart City, the CCI General Secretary hailed PM Narendra Modi and J&K administration for giving preference to Jammu but on the other hand he asked the stakeholders not to venture in the walled city as the scope is marginal due to congestion and any change in the existing set-up will affect the established businesses which is undesirable. The CCI representatives also demanded enhancement in the limit of E-way bill from the existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The delegation demanded ownership rights for sons of the soil entrepreneurs who have been allotted the industrial land. It demanded a scheme allowing ownership rights of lease hold industrial land to local entrepreneurs after a period of over 25 years. The CCI also demanded inclusion of separate clause of Land Value / Stamp Duty for Industrial Units on the lines of other states claiming that existing commercial notified rates are too high. CCI deputation demanded extension in validity period beyond June 30, 2022 upto at least one year for the industrial units which could not commence production within the stipulated time due to several genuine reasons. The CCI delegation also asked for revisiting the Excise Policy to accommodate the old licensees who lost their source of income and were rendered jobless. It was also demanded that the policy be revised in such a manner to ensure Local Trade & Business Guarantee as per the sentiments of the people of the region. Further the CCI demanded extension of VAT Amnesty Scheme as the traders couldn’t avail this earlier due to COVID-19 lockdown. The delegation said that tourism was declared as an industry in 1995 but the hotels and lodges were deprived of the benefits and now the tourism department has asked for renewal of licenses on annual basis thereby causing discrimination. The delegation also highlighted the issue of proposed hike in power tariff, which has the potential to break the back bone of the industry and therefore it was appealed to stop any such move to help sustain industry in J&K. Another important issue which came for discussion was declaration of Gair Mumkin Khud by the Revenue Department despite the fact that no water body is passing through these lands. It was apprised that registration and construction activities on these lands was barred therefore there is need to redefine the “Kism” of this type of land and also a policy to allow the commercial and construction activities on such land chunks. As the period of lease deeds in respect of some allottees in Sabzi Mandi and Fruit Mandi Narwal have expired, therefore the Chamber appealed that their lease deeds should be renewed further after charging minimum possible premium. The issue of some commercial shops in Bahu Plaza area which have been allotted to some persons but the possession of the aforesaid shops has not been given to the concern allottees and lease deeds are also pending was also raised and it was demanded that possession should be given and lease deeds be executed henceforth. The CCI also demanded an exclusive power amnesty scheme for commercial users viz traders and industrialists apart from the one which has been offered to the domestic users. The CCI demanded amendment in Change in Land Use notification as people are ruing the change carried out in last December. The traders’ body also demanded for a daily Retreat Ceremony at Suchetgarh BOP to promote tourism. Another vital issue which came for discussion was the Excise Policy. The Chief Secretary gave a patient hearing to the visiting delegation and assured for early consideration of the aforesaid issues. The delegation comprised of Rajiv Gupta Junior Vice President, Rajesh Gupta Secretary, Jagdish Langer, Pawan Gupta and Anil Gupta.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     17th September 2022


Sh. Jugal Kishore Sharma Hon’ble MP visited Chamber House. Sh. Arun Gupta President Chamber of Commerce & Industry while welcoming the Chief Guest said that the Jammu Airport which is being developed as an International Airport for which the 967 kanal land has been transferred to Airport Authority of India out of which 150 Kanal which being to Animal/ Sheep Husbandry department need to be sorted out for making the further expansion the Jammu Airport. Arun Gupta further said that the Jammu City is being developed under Smart City Project which we whole heartedly welcome but at the same time we wish to point out that the funds are being used in a hafazerd manner without doing the ground work for the same. He further said that the projects should be separated from different department to have genuine benefit and the main chowks of the city should be developed in such a manner to create a better of market. Sh. Ravinder Sawhney will speaking on the occasion said that the drainage system in the city is very poor and needs to be developed. Sh. Jagdish Langer prominent Industrialist raised the point regarding CLU raised and it was said that the same is not to upto mark and circle rates for Private land for Industries are 3 to 4 lakhs per kanal but the govt, has fixed the rate 16 lakhs perkanal due to which industries are not being developed in private land and the govt of fixed the rate of Rs. 5.50 lakhs per kanal but the adequate order/ notification has not been issued so for. Sh. Rajan Gupta, President The JPDA Jammu raised the point regarding Reliance/multi brand chains of smart points whether in Wholesale or retail market is not required as the import of online medicines will create havoc in the market because It is directly concerns with the help of the people. Sh. Jugal Kishore Sharma Hon’ble MP gave patient hearing to the issues raised by the worthy members and said that he will take up the issues discussed in todays meeting with the concerned departments. The other Office Bearers present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     16th September 2022


CCI Welcomes announcement of holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday, thanks LG for the decision. Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu has overwhelming welcomed the decision of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s announcement of the decision declaring a Public Holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh on 23rd September. In a statement, Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu said that the Chamber welcomes the aforesaid decision as it was a long pending demand of the people of Jammu region. He said Maharaja Hari Singh was a great educationist, progressive thinker, social reformer and a towering man of ideas and ideals. He said that this will be a humble tribute to the last Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh who undoubtedly was a great reformer and visionary which is evident from the reforms brought by him during his tenure as the king of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chamber President said that it is a decision that needs to be celebrated by the people across cross sections of the society as their aspirations, sentiments and feelings linked with the great Maharaja have been duly addressed by the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Administration led by LG Manoj Sinha addressed. He expressed profound thanks and gratitude to the Lt Governor for the decision duly respecting the sentiments of Dogras. Arun Gupta said that the Chamber also appreciates the relentless efforts made by the Yuva Rajput Sabha for leading unabated agitation in this regard that has ultimately reached its logical conclusion.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     9th September 2022


CCI welcomes amnesty to domestic power consumers, appeals for its extension to Traders and Industrialist While welcoming the amnesty scheme for domestic power consumers/connections announced by the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Administrative Council. Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu has appealed to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to announce a similar amnesty for the Traders / Industrialist sector as these sector continues to suffer after being adversely affected during the peak Covid-19 pandemic period and is still struggling for their survival. This was expressed during an urgent meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry held under the chairmanship of Arun Gupta, President CCI at Chamber House here today. Arun Gupta said “We wholeheartedly welcome the move of UT Govt waiving off interest and surcharge on domestic power connections by introducing amnesty scheme. However, we seek roll out of another amnesty scheme for the Traders and Industries power consumers so that the unit holders also get some relief on this front.” Arun Gupta stated that the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries has already raised this significant issue with the UT Administration a number of times demanding power tariff amnesty scheme for the traders and industrial sector and are still waiting for rolling out of the scheme with great hope as it would go a long way in holding the hands of this vital sectors which is experiencing a very tough and testing time at present. The CCI President said that the Traders and Industrialist are trying to come out of Covid trauma after having suffered for more than two years on account of huge economic losses and theirs’ is a genuine and fit case for granting of power amnesty scheme . He reiterated the CCI appeal to the LG led UT government to announce amnesty scheme for the Traders and Industrialist at the earliest. At the same time Chamber requests the defaulting consumers to avail the benefits of this amnesty scheme and clear their outstanding dues within the prescribed period of 12 months as failure to do so will invite penalty and legal action under electricity act 2010.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     5th September 2022


CCI meets Comm & Addl CS I&C, highlights Industrialists , traders issues & demands
The Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) on Monday highlighted the issues and demands of Industrialist and traders before Commissioner & Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Vivek Bharadwaj. The CCI delegation headed by its President Arun Gupta met Bharadwaj and apprised him about the burning issues of the business fraternity and also submitted a memorandum for early consideration. Several issues of industry and trade in Jammu region came for discussion under a congenial atmosphere wherein the Commissioner & Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Commerce assured full support. The issues which came up for discussion included demand of inclusion of separate clause of land value / stamp duty rates with respect to land which is to be registered for Industrial Units on the lines of other states as the commercial notified rates are too high, extension in validity period beyond June 30, 2022 as some industrial units could not start production well within the stipulated time period due to certain unavoidable hindrances like delay in loan sanction, non issuance of NOC from PCB, etc, therefore the units which have taken effective steps should be granted extension in validity of provisional registration for at least one year, extension of Central Package-2021 to existing industries under substantial expansion, grant of benefits of industry to hotels and lodges because tourism was declared an industry in the year 1995 but unfortunately the benefits of industries were not given to the hapless hotel industry till date, removal of negative list as this will enable the local industry to compete with outsiders, provide ownership rights to sons of the soil by formulating a scheme allowing ownership rights of lease hold industrial land to local entrepreneurs after a period of 25 years of the first/original allotment of land that too with nominal conversion fee from lease hold to free hold, restore power amnesty scheme as the one offered during the lockdown period could not be availed by the industries due to complete or partial shutdown and trader fraternity facing financial crunch, revisit the decision of hike in power tariff as JPDCL’s proposal for 70 percent hike will affect the industry badly. The other Office bearers of CCI present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary. Giving a patient hearing to the CCI delegation, Bharadwaj assured early redressal of the above said issues.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     24 August 2022


CCI honours SPIC MACAY Founder Dr Kiran Seth
Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu honoured Padamshri Dr Kiran Seth, founder SPIC MACAY during a function held at Chamber House here today. The traditional ritual of honouring Dr Kiran Seth was conducted by the CCI President, Arun Gupta. It is pertinent to mention here that SPIC MACAY is a Society for the promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among the Youth which was founded by Dr. Kiran Seth in the year 1977. In his address on the occasion the Chamber President, Arun Gupta while asserting that it was a privilege and honour for the Chamber to host the great personality in the City of Temples, highlighted the achievements of Dr Kiran Seth in detail. He said Dr Kiran Seth (born 1949) is an Indian academician, ex-Professor and ex-Professor Emeritus at the department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, since 1976, and is widely known as the founder of SPIC MACAY (1977), a non-profit organization which promotes Indian classical music, Indian classical dance, and other aspects of Indian culture, amongst youth across the world. CCI President informed that Dr Kiran Seth started his career working as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Bell Laboratories, New Jersey in 1974, a job he gave up to return to India in 1976, to teach and carry out research at IIT Delhi, where he served till his retirement in 2021. It was at IIT Delhi that he founded SPIC MACAY in 1977, a society that has done phenomenal amount of work in the area of promoting Indian heritage amongst school and college students in India and different parts of the world, he added. SPIC MACAY is the biggest, non-profit, voluntary, cultural, youth movement in independent India. It is pertinent to mention here that the stature of Dr Kiran Seth can be well judged from the fact that he has received Padma Shri from the Govt, Distinguished Alumnus Award by the IIT Kharagpur, NDTV Indian of the Year under Arts and Culture category, Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, Sanskriti Award, Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan Award, Keshav Kothari Smriti Award, Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award, Chand Khan Award and Modernites Excellence award by Modern School Delhi besides a long list of other awards. Dr Kiran Seth in his brief speech on the occasion impressed upon the youth to work relentlessly and with full devotion for the nation by fully using their potential. He also thanked the CCI members for hosting a function to felicitate and honour him.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     16 August 2022


CCI celebrates 76th Independence Day with patriotic fervor
Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu today celebrated the 76th Independence Day with great fervour here today. An impressive programme was organized at the Chamber House which commenced with the hoisting of National Flag by Arun Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce and Industries Jammu in presence of other office bearers and senior members of the CCI. On the occasion, Arun Gupta unfurled the National Flag after which the whole premises reverberated with the singing of National Anthem amid salutations to the National Tricolour and the martyrs who laid down their lives while protecting the territorial integrity of the nation on the borders and the hinterland. In his address, Arun Gupta threw light on the martyrdom of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the cause of the nation and its people as a result of which the people of the World’s largest Democracy are enjoying full freedom and self esteem having earned honour and dignity at the global level. Gupta said that Independence Day is the most auspicious day for the whole nation and its people and being the most vibrant democracy of the world, it deserves to be celebrated like a festival with full enthusiasm and gaiety amid participation of people from diverse cultures as ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the hallmark of the Indian democracy. The Chamber President assured that CCI members will leave no stone unturned in taking J&K on the glorious path of development and prosperity.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     13 August 2022


Div Com, IG flag off ‘Tiranga Rally’ organized by Jammu Chamber
Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries carried out a highly impressive ‘Tiranga Rally’ as a part of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign to mark the celebration of 75 years of Independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav). The ‘Tiranga Rally’ was flagged off by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar along with IGP Mukesh Singh and Chamber President Arun Gupta from Karan Market. The rally after passing through various markets including Hari Market, Raghunath Bazar, City Chowk, Kanak Mandi, Rajinder Bazar and Residency Road finally culminated at Shri Raghunath ji Temple. Businessmen from various markets including members of various Market and Bazaar associations joined the rally in large numbers from the commencing point followed by joining of others on way. The rally turned the environs of the City of Temples into festivity amid high patriotic fervour. The roads and markets traversed by the trading class echoed with patriotic slogans raised by the participants carrying national flags in their hands with great reverence and pride. The slogans raised during the rally included ‘Vande Matram’; ‘Naman Matra Bhoomi’; ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, etc. The CCI President, Arun Gupta, while addressing the participants of the rally, impressed upon the business fraternity in particular and public in general to make the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign a big success across the City of Temples. He said that the National Flag (Tiranga) is identity of the nation and pride and honour for all the citizens of the nation. He asserted that it reflects the philosophy of the world’s largest democracy through its colours and design. He said that it reminds us about the precious sacrifices made by the freedom fighters to achieve freedom for the nation. It also reminds us to salute the martyrs of the nation who as part of the belt forces embraced martyrdom to keep the nation secure along borders and within and keeping the national flag fluttering high under all circumstances, he added. He offered his salutations to the freedom fighters and the martyrs. Arun Gupta appealed to the business fraternity to make the 76th Independence Day celebrations a unique event as the Nation is celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     12th August 2022


JPDA team calls on CCI President, discusses burning issues of pharmaceutical traders
The office bearers of the newly constituted body of Jammu Pharmaceutical Dealers Association (JPDA) led by its President Rajan Gupta visited the Chamber House here today. The JPDA team discussed with the Office bearers of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the burning issues and problems being faced by the traders dealing in pharmaceuticals across the region. At the outset of the programme, Jammu Chamber gave a rousing reception to JPDA team comprising Rajan Gupta, President; Manohar Verma, Senior Vice President; Chander Shekhar Gupta Vice President; Brijesh Gupta General Secretary; Anil Gupta Secretary; Rakesh Gupta Joint Secretaries and Vicky Gupta Treasurer. While deliberating on various issues pertaining to this class of traders’ fraternity, JPDA President Rajan Gupta briefed the CCI President Arun Gupta about multiple problems being faced by them that retard the progress of their trading activity with consumers being the ultimate sufferers. Rajan Gupta sought special attention of the CCI on the online selling of medicine by the giant capitalist Reliance across Jammu city at substantially low prices that has a direct impact upon the very survival of the local pharmaceutical traders. He said that the aforesaid development has made it impossible for all the local traders in this sector to compete with Reliance in providing medicines at such low price to the customers. He lamented that if the same trend continues for long then all the local business enterprises in Pharmaceutical sector in Jammu will be closed thus affecting the very livelihood of the owners as well as their employees. He sought the intervention, help and support of the CCI to take up their issues with the Administration on priority basis and get their concerns addressed. After giving a keen and patient hearing to the JPDA team members, the CCI President Arun Gupta said that Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will fight for the genuine cause of Jammu’s pharmaceutical traders. He said that the CCI will take up the matter with all the concerned authorities in J&K Administration and get their issues resolved at the earliest. Arun Gupta complemented the newly elected body wishing all success to the team during its tenure. He exuded confidence in the new team led by Rajan Gupta hoping that it will work relentlessly for the cause of the dealers of Jammu Pharmaceutical Distributors by getting their simple as well as complex issues addressed. He expressed the hope that the team will fully come up to the expectation of the pharmaceutical stakeholders, especially the traders. Meanwhile, Arun Gupta informed that Jammu Chamber is organizing Tiranga Rally as a part of Har Ghar Tiranga campaign to mark the celebration of 75 years of Independence. He informed that the Tiranga rally will start from Karan Market passing through Hari Market, Raghunath Bazar, City Chowk, Kanak Mandi, Rajinder Bazar and Residency Road and finally will culminate at Raghunath ji Temple. He appealed to the traders as well as members of various markets and Bazaar association of Jammu to participate in the Tiranga Rally and make it a grand success. Among others who were present include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     9th August 2022


Celebrate ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign with great enthusiasm: CCI
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu President Arun Gupta on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to the people in Jammu region to celebrate the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign with nationalistic fervour and ensure that no household remains without Tricolour atop its rooftop. He was speaking during a special event organized by the CCI Jammu at the Chamber House here. Divisional Commissioner Jammu was the Chief Guest on the occasion while various representatives of market associations of Jammu region also participated in the function held to popularize the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign envisaged by none other than PM of India Narendra Modi. Earlier, the programme commenced with the presentation of welcome address by Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI. Arun Gupta said, it is solemn duty of every citizen to celebrate the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign with fervour by hoisting the national flag atop all buildings, including houses, commercial complexes, shops, and offices from August 13 to 15. He said that such occasions hold much significance to infuse a sense of patriotism among the next generation and introduce the progeny with the sacrifices which the countrymen made during the fight for freedom and uniting the country to become a great nation which India is today. During the occasion the issues pertaining to the business fraternity were also discussed . Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar, in his address, said, “ It is the time to give a solemn message to the entire world that India is united and its people live in complete harmony through this campaign conceived and promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. He said that this time Independence Day should not remain a mere government programme but every citizen should actively participate in the national festival. “Every citizen was expected to hoist the flag with family members and there should not be any decoration to the flag as all should ensure the flag code was not violated”, he said adding that such events are quite significant in telling the youths about the glorious past of the country and the valour with which people have achieved the freedom from the tyrannical invaders. He also appreciated CCI for playing a significant role in the society to spread awareness about various social causes. He said that the government needs such institutions to percolate better services among the masses and ensure good governance. Vote of thank was presented Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI. Among others who were present Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI. (Gaurav Gupta) Secretary General

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     14th July 2022


Sh. Arun Gupta, President CCI accompanied by Office Bearers namely Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI today participated in the interactive session organized by J&K State Taxes Department where the representatives of different Trade Organizations were also present. While interacting with the Commissioner State Taxes, Arun Gupta demanded that the limit of the e-way bills should be enhanced from Rs. 50000 to Rs. 1 lakh. While speaking on the occasion, Sh. Arun Gupta said that when GST was introduced the then Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaietly on the floor of the house said that GST is a good and simple tax, but now-a-days it has been complicated by imposing penalties for minor technical mistakes. We request that this should not happen, he added. Sh. Arun Gupta further said that the goods which are shifted from godowns /cold storage to shops should be treated as stock transfer. Sh. Arun Gupta also apprised the Commissioner State Taxes that as per Industrial Policy the Industrial units in UT of J&K are getting GST reimbursement, but sometimes the refund process is delayed due to one reason or the other. We request that GST reimbursement should be in a time bound manner. Sh. Arun Gupta also said that some members could not claim the reimbursement of GST from 2017 onwards due to some un-avoidable circumstances. Chamber requests that they should be given one last chance to apply for reimbursement claims. Sh. Arun Gupta further said the goods which are imported from other states and if shifting of stock is mentioned on the bill from one place to other place, there should be no need to generate a fresh e-way bill as it is a technical point and needs to be understood. Sh. Gupta also said that the government has earlier announced VAT Amnesty scheme giving an opportunity to the defaulter of VAT to deposit their VAT dues without interest and penalties during Covid-19. But due to continued lockdown and financial crunch some traders could not avail the benefit of the scheme as such we request that these traders be provided one more opportunity to deposit their VAT dues without interest and penalties. Some businessmen were doing their business by carrying the goods and delivering the same door to door since long during VAT regime also but after the introduction of GST these people are not allowed to carry on their business to earn their livelihood. We request that these businessmen be allowed to carry on their business. Similarly there are certain businessmen(Scrap dealers) who collect the scrap from door to door. They are paying GST at the time of selling their goods. These scrap dealers are unnecessarily harassed by the department who collect the scrap from door to door. If any seller does not file his return GST-1, the buyer also does not get input of that bill. This is a punishment to the honest tax payer who buys from someone who does not file his return. We request that this should not happen as he has a proper bill in this regard and a change in the law is required. Those who were present in the interactive session from the department side include Principal Commissioner CGST Mr. Mahesh Rastogi,IRS, Commissioner J&K State Taxes Dr. Rashmi Singh, IAS, Additional Commissioner(Adm) Madam Neetu Gupta, Dy. Commissioner(Tax Planning) Madam Ankita Kar, Dy. Commissioner Enforcement Madam Ritu Gupta, Dy. Commissioner Lakhanpur Mr. Ranjit Singh, Dy Commissioner Appeals, Madam Sehnaz Choudhary, Dy. Commissioner Recovery Madam Namrata Dogra and other senior Officers of the State Taxes Department were also present (Gaurav Gupta) Secretary General

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     13th July 2022


Follow path shown by Saints, Spiritual leaders for a prosperous, peaceful nation: CCI President Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu, Arun Gupta appealed to the people to follow the path shown by great Indian saints to make the nation prosperous and peaceful. He made this appeal while inaugurating a Bhandara organized by Mahamandleshwar Mahant Rameshwar Dass for the Saints and Sadhus visiting Jammu for the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. Dr Satya Narayan and Mahant Rajesh Bittu were also present. Arun Gupta highlighting the role of saints during times immemorial, he said that the saints have played a significant role in preserving the rich cultural heritage of India through their significant teachings and actions (Karma). Saluting the great Indian saints, Arun said spiritual leaders including the saints can play an important role in making India prosper and modern. He lauded those saints who are already contributing a lot in this direction. “Our saints and seers are very noble and have always been compassionate towards society and the poor,” he added. Chamber President said that the world has been witnessing straying away of people from the path of virtuousness resulting in destruction due to wars, terrorism, etc. He lamented that despite all religions teaching to refrain from hatred or enmity there are frequent instances of clashes among people. He appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony and brotherhood at all costs. Be vigilant against anti social elements who are trying to create wedge between various communities in the society, he cautioned them. Mahamandleshwar Mahant Rameshwar Dass said that the holy Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is a symbol of communal harmony and brotherhood among different communities and the J&K Government should ensure a hassle free, safe and secure ancient pilgrimage that is being conducted this year after a gap of two years. Mahant Rajesh Bittu said “We are committed to provide maximum facilities to the saints and Sadhus come from across the country for Amarnath pilgrimage.” He appealed to the come forward and extend all possible support in making this annual eventy a great success. Among others who were present include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI. (Gauav Gupta) Secretary General

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     9th July 2022


CCI expresses grief over loss of lives in Amarnath cloudburst tragedy Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Amarnath cloudburst tragedy on Friday evening. In this context, a meeting was held at Chamber House under the chairmanship of Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu in which office bearers Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President ,Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President ,Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General , Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary ,Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer were present. CCI President expressed deep heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls and fast recovery of the people injured. He urged LG administration to announce ex-gratia relief for the victim families and free-of-cost treatment for those injured in the incident. Arun Gupta appealed to the general public to come forward and extend all possible help to the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra which will undoubtedly help in further strengthening the bonds of brotherhood, compassion and righteousness which is the dire need of the hour especially in the Valley. He said that after concluding their sojourn in J&K they will carry back memories as our ambassadors to their respective states thus not only promoting communal harmony and brotherhood but also further strengthening the secular fabric of the nation.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     28th June 2022


CCI, FOI delegation call on LG Sinha, highlight various issues related to traders A joint delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, and Federation of Industries today called on Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and submitted a charter of demands highlighting the issues and demands of the industrialists and traders of the region. During the meeting, Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu appreciated the efforts of Lt Governor for giving his valuable time, bringing J&K on industrial map of the country and making all efforts to bring investment from outside the state for the betterment of the youth of the Union Territory. Rajesh Jain, President FOI Jammu apprised the Lt Governor that the existing industry is feeling neglect as the same is providing employment to the local youth with very small investment while upcoming industry shall fetch more incentives and provide less employment. Arun Gupta said the “JPDCL has proposed hike in power tariff to the tune of approximately 70% and fixed charges to the tune of 50%. Such big hike has never been seen in the country by the any utility provider. The proposed power hike shall not only hit the existing industry but also send bad signal to the upcoming investors for which government is putting all its efforts,”. Arun Gupta also raised the issue of extension of validity of Provisional registration of industrial units. “The Apex Project Clearance Committee in its meeting held on 8/12/2021 granted extension in the validity of provisional registration upto June 30, 2022 to the units which had not commenced production within the stipulated time. Such industrial units are in the process of commencement of production but due to certain unavoidable circumstances including non-sanctioning of loan, delay in supply of machinery by the supplier , non issuance of certificate from PCB, non-sanctioning of power, etc they are not in a position to commence their production before June 30, 2022,”. Arun Gupta and Rajesh Jain urged the Lt Governor to take effective steps by extending the validity of provisional registration of the aforesaid industrial units by at least one year. They also raised various issues viz marketing support for local Micro/Small units / manufacturers ; ownership rights of lease hold industrial land to entrepreneurs ; delay in filing of refund claim ; circle rates for industry; removal of negative list; extension of Central Package 2021 to existing industries under substantial expansion; Lease Deed of Sabzi Mandi/Fruit Mandi/Bahu Plaza; simplification of registration/renewal of hotels/lodges and guest houses; grant of benefits of industry to hotels/lodges; simplification of renewal system of hotels/lodges; VAT Amnesty Scheme; Power Amnesty Scheme; Ownership rights for Warehouse; Development of Transport Nagar, etc. The Lt Governor gave a patient hearing to the visiting delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu and assured that he will pass necessary directions to the concerned Principal Secretary for early consideration of the demands. He said that industrial sector is the back bone of the Union Territory and necessary steps will be taken for the welfare of traders’ community. The delegation comprised of Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary ,Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer, Sh. Lalit Mahajan, Sh. Vijay Aggarwal, Sh. JAtinder Aul, Sh. S.B.Abrol, Sh. Varinder Jain, Sh. Tarun Singla and Sh. Viraj Malhotra

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     13th June 2022


CCI delegation meets Commissioner State Taxes, discusses issues A delegation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), Jammu, led by its President Sh. Arun Gupta met Commissioner State Taxes, Dr. Rashmi Singh, IAS, in her office chamber and held threadbare discussions on the issues related to trading fraternity. The delegation comprised of Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI. While interacting with the Commissioner State Taxes, Arun Gupta demanded that the limit of the e-way bills should be enhanced from Rs. 50000 to Rs. 1 lakh. While speaking on the occasion, Sh. Arun Gupta said that when GST was introduced the then Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaietly on the floor of the house said that GST is a good and simple tax, but now-a-days it has been complicated by only few officers by imposing penalties for minor technical mistakes. We request that this should not happen, he added. Sh. Arun Gupta further said that the goods which are shifted from godowns /cold storage to shops should be treated as stock transfer. If there is mention in the bill “ for shifting of stock” from one place to another place, there is no need to generate a fresh e-way bill as it is a technical point and needs to be understood. Sh. Arun Gupta also apprised the Commissioner State Taxes that as per Industrial Policy the Industrial units in UT of J&K are getting GST reimbursement, but sometimes the refund process is delayed due to one reason or the other. We request that GST reimbursement should be in a time bound manner. Sh. Arun Gupta also said that some members could not claim the reimbursement of GST from 2017 onwards due to some un-avoidable circumstances. Chamber requests that they should be given one last chance to apply for reimbursement claims. In view of ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Arun Gupta also requested the Commissioner State Taxes to hold awareness programme cum workshop on GST at Chamber House for the welfare of trader fraternity. The Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the visiting delegation and assured that necessary steps would be taken by the Department for the welfare of trading fraternity and also agreed upon to hold awareness programme cum workshop on GST at Chamber House on her next visit to Jammu.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     13th June 2022


CCI delegation meets Commissioner State Taxes, discusses issues A delegation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), Jammu, led by its President Sh. Arun Gupta met Commissioner State Taxes, Dr. Rashmi Singh, IAS, in his office chamber and held threadbare discussions on the issues related to trading fraternity. The delegation comprised of Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI. While interacting with the Commissioner State Taxes, Arun Gupta demanded that the limit of the e-way bills should be enhanced from Rs. 50000 to Rs. 1 lakh. While speaking on the occasion, Sh. Arun Gupta said that when GST was introduced the then Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaietly on the floor of the house said that GST is a good and simple tax, but now-a-days it has been complicated by only few officers by imposing penalties for minor technical mistakes. We request that this should not happen, he added. Sh. Arun Gupta further said that the goods which are shifted from godowns /cold storage to shops should be treated as stock transfer. If there is mention in the bill “ for shifting of stock” from one place to another place, there is no need to generate a fresh e-way bill as it is a technical point and needs to be understood. Sh. Arun Gupta also apprised the Commissioner State Taxes that as per Industrial Policy the Industrial units in UT of J&K are getting GST reimbursement, but sometimes the refund process is delayed due to one reason or the other. We request that GST reimbursement should be in a time bound manner. Sh. Arun Gupta also said that some members could not claim the reimbursement of GST from 2017 onwards due to some un-avoidable circumstances. Chamber requests that they should be given one last chance to apply for reimbursement claims. In view of ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Arun Gupta also requested the Commissioner State Taxes to hold awareness programme cum workshop on GST at Chamber House for the welfare of trader fraternity. The Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the visiting delegation and assured that necessary steps would be taken by the Department for the welfare of trading fraternity and also agreed upon to hold awareness programme cum workshop on GST at Chamber House on her next visit to Jammu.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     11th June 2022


CCI delegation calls on Principal Secretary HUDD; discusses issues pertaining to Jammu traders A delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) led by its President Arun Gupta today met Sh. Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development and discussed issue pertaining to traders of Jammu city. The delegation comprised of Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President and Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary. While Vice Chairman JDA Sh. Pankaj Magotra and Commissioner JMC Sh. Rahul Yadav were also present during the meeting. While speaking on the occasion, Sh. Arun Gupta raised the long pending demand of Transport Nagar area regarding black topping and construction of drains, etc. over there. The Principal Secretary assured the Chamber team that the tenders for this will be floated in this month and the issue will be resolved as early as possible. While discussing the matter regarding execution of lease deeds in respect of shops in Shiv Market Railway Station Jammu, the Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development directed the VC JDA to come up with a clear picture before 18th of this month so that this issue can be resolved once for all. Thereafter the matter relating to Lease deeds / rent issue of Bahu Plaza was also discussed and a similar assurance was given by the Principal Secretary and JDA authorities were directed to come up with a clear road map so that this issue is also settled once for all. While discussing the issue of allottees of the Bus Stand Shopping complex, Sh. Arun Gupta said that JDA should not ask to the shopkeepers of Bus Stand to pay rent because as and when the shops were allotted to them no basic amenities like electricity and drainage system were available and are not still existing. Arun Gupta also raised the issue of the Change in land Use (CLU) notification which was issued in December, and apprised the Principal secretary about the problem being faced by the common person concerning the notification; after a threadbare discussion, the Principal secretary assured the delegation that within next few days, the department will issue the new notification with an amendment to resolve the same. While speaking on the occasion, Sh. Arun Gupta said that the smart parking is not acceptable to the traders and the public of Jammu. The rent being charged in some areas indicates that the parties who have clearly been successful in the tender process have not come up with a clear policy. Moreover the charges of smart parking are very high and we request that no parking slots should be given to any agency. Chamber clearly indicated that they are not in favour of encroachment but the way Corporation is working is totally unacceptable. The ongoing drive by the corporation is disturbing the hundreds of the traders/people without gaining anything. We request that a proper mechanism be adopted to punish only those who are violating the law without disturbing the traders and the people of Jammu city,” Gupta added.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     10th June 2022


CCI appeals people to maintain brotherhood, communal harmony and Tranquility The Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu, raised serious concern over the prevailing situation in the Bhadarwah town. Addressing media persons here today, Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu, said that the situation in Bhadarwah is grave. "A well-planned conspiracy was hatched by some unscrupulous elements to divide the people and make them fight (against) each other to destroy century old communal harmony and brotherhood of people of the town,” he said. Arun Gupta mentioned that the recent selective innocent killings and incident of vandalizing Shri Vasuki Nag Ji Temple at Kailash Kund in Bhaderwah is not the only one as there are certain elements who want to vitiate the peaceful environment by repeatedly doing such acts which are totally unacceptable. Arun Gupta appealed to both the communities of Bhadarwah town to play their crucial role in combating growing tendencies of intolerance and hate, saying societal renaissance holds key to bind communities and regions together, especially in a diverse state like Jammu and Kashmir. He asked them to remain vigilant from the anti-national elements who are trying to create wedge between the communities for their vested interests. He asked people of Bhadarwah town to come forward and expose such elements who are enemy of peace, prosperity and tranquility. Arun Gupta appealed to the LG’s administration to act stringently against the culprits as such repeated incident has the potential to escalate communal tension. Among others who were present in the press conference include Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     9th June 2022


CCI asks MD J&K Bank to reintroduce a one-time settlement scheme for NPAs The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Thursday met the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of J&K Bank Ltd and appealed to reintroduce one-time settlement scheme for NPAs through which J&K Bank provided a golden chance to aforesaid account holders having outstanding between Rs. 15 lakh and 500 lakh as on September 30, 2021. In this regard, the CCI delegation led by its President Arun Gupta and comprising Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer called on the Managing Director and CEO J&K Bank Ltd and submitted a charter of demands highlighting the issues and demands of the industrialists and traders of the region. The demands raised by the CCI Jammu included extension of Golden Opportunity provided by J&K Bank for One Time Settlement Scheme for NPAs in which J&K Bank has given a chance to the NPA account holders whose outstanding is Rs. 15 lakh to 500 lakh as on 30 September 2021, because very few people have availed the opportunity due to COVID-19 pandemic, those parties which have been issued with notices under SARFAESI Act should also be given one last opportunity instead of auction of their mortgaged property on humanitarian grounds, there are few industrialists who also wanted to settle their accounts as per “Golden Opportunity” provided by the Bank earlier for one time settlement as they have suffered huge losses during Covid-19 period and were unable to continue with the present limit and therefore they wanted the same OTS be provided for settlement of their accounts upto financial year 2021-2022, the rate of interest on advances by J&K Bank is higher than any national/ private banks therefore it is requested to reduce the interest rates so that more and more traders/industrialists can come under the ambit of J&K Bank and there is need to grow the network of branches of the bank so that traders and industrialists can avail benefits from the J&K Bank as the present status of branches is inadequate. He also requested the CEO, to consider the demand about the processing fee / Renewal charges that it should be at par with the other banks. Besides, Arun Gupta requested the MD to include the stakeholders from apex body of trade and industrialist in the Board of Directors list. Upon this, the CEO J&K Bank gave a very positive response and assured that all the demands will be put forward for early consideration and it is likely that many among the same will be acceded sooner than later.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     23rd May 2022


CCI Urges ADRM NR to woo tourists through advertisements, information counters The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Monday appealed to Northern Railways to extend help in promoting tourism in Jammu as trains and railway stations have much potential to showcase the charming beauty of the region and the places of tourist interests. The issue was taken up during a meeting of CCI office bearers with ADRM Northern Railways Baldev Raj and former MLCs Romesh Arora and Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, when the latter visited the Chamber House Jammu to hold threadbare discussion on business and tourism prospects of the region. The visiting guests were received by CCI office bearers headed by Chamber President Arun Gupta, who laid stress on promotion of tourism in Jammu by making use of edifice available with the Northern Railways. He urged the ADRM to extend help to people of Jammu by promoting tourism destinations of the region through hoardings, advertisements in trains and railway stations besides opening tourist information centres at various railway stations in collaboration with the tourism department. Arun Gupta said that Railways has much potential to boost the tourism scope in Jammu region as thousands of travelers use this mode of travelling and if things will be managed systematically, trains and Railway stations in the region and even outside the UT can bring tourism boom in Jammu region which is the need of the time. He said that business in Jammu was affected after the trains started chugging directly for Katra as was the case of Pathankot decades ago. “This has marred the businessmen fraternity of Jammu and to cover up the losses, it is necessary that tourism should be given a boost and for this, Railways can play a bigger role”, he said and added that people of Jammu have high hopes that Railways will help them to get more business through tourism promotion by adopting a prolific policy in this regard. During meeting Sh. Romesh Arora former MLC urged the ADRM Railways to speed up the project of revival of Old Railway Station at Bikram Chowk in Jammu. He said that businessmen have lots of hopes over this project as the same has the potential to woo tourists coming from outside the UT. He however insisted on taking care of traders working in the vicinity as rehabilitation of these businessmen is vital because development which causes business loss is no development at all. Arun gupta said that CCI has pinned high hopes from the Railways as it is anticipated that this department will bail out the ailing trade in the region through its farsighted steps. After giving a patient hearing, ADRM NR assured that he will take up the matter with higher authorities and will soon come up with a proposal to accommodate all the demands raised in the meeting. Among those who were present in the meeting include Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr.Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI, Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI, Sh. Jagdish Langer, Sh. Ashok Gupta and others.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     18th May 2022


CCI condemns Kashmir minority killings, seeks adequate security The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Wednesday condemned unabated killings of minorities in Kashmir Valley and demanded adequate security to ensure that no more life falls prey to terrorism in the Union Territory. In this context, an emergent meeting of Jammu Chamber was held here under the chairmanship of Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu. Arun Gupta said that the situation in Kashmir has turned grim with terrorists carrying out soft killings at their will with miniscule minorities becoming the first target of these violence mongers. He said that grenade attack on a wine shop in Baramulla killing a Hindu youth from Rajouri and three others from Jammu province is testimony to the fact that minority community is not safe in the Valley as terrorists are targeting the vulnerable community because recently a Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat was also targeted in broad day light. Jammu Chamber demanded that the government should brace-up the security grid and also make beat policing robust to ensure that no civilian, especially the minority community member, remains at risk. He said that the situation right now is grim as every now and then terrorists are carrying out terror strikes killing the soft targets with police and other security forces proving out to be defunct in stopping this vicious cycle of violence and killings. Gupta said that the killing spree in the Valley will have serious repercussions in the entire UT of J&K which is still struggling to come out of recession after the colossal losses that it incurred due to pandemic COVID-19. He said that the government should come up with a foolproof security strategy to ensure the safety of all, especially the minority Hindu community in the Valley. Expressing serious concern, CCI President said that the government cannot allow such targeted killings to go on unabated, therefore the need of the time is to immediately put an end to this dangerous trend and rejuvenate the lost faith of the people in the security edifice to restore peace once again. Among those who were present include Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr.Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI and Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     13th May 2022


CCI urges Div Com to give fillip to Jammu tourism Asks to expedite Smart City Projects The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Jammu on Friday urged Divisional Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar to take measures for enhancing the tourist footfall in the Jammu region as the same was pivotal to give impetus to the local economy and generate employment avenues. The CCI team led by its President Arun Gupta called on the Div Com and discussed various issues of vital nature with regard to trade and economy of Jammu region. In a cordial meeting with Ramesh Kumar, the CCI President took up the important issue of reviving business of Jammu region especially after the impact it had due to trains chugging directly towards Katra and as per reports sooner than later to Valley. He said that like the Pathankot city of Punjab, the government should not allow the collapse of business of Jammu city as people will prefer to go straight to Katra and Kashmir without breaking their journey in the Temple City. He said that this is a very crucial issue and therefore people who matter must come up with promising solutions to ensure that Jammu doesn’t become another Pathankot. Jammu Chamber demanded that need of the time is to provide fillip to tourism in Jammu by utilizing its splendid natural beauty so that visitors to the UT were compelled to make a break journey and enhance local economy as reports are averring that train link to Kashmir will be established before the end of 2023, making it critical for the businessmen in Jammu. Arun Gupta also demanded that the government should streamline the system to facilitate traders who have to communicate with various government departments on one issue or the other under the J&K government’s policy of ease of doing business. The issue of expediting projects under the Smart City initiative was also highlighted in the meeting and it was said that proper monitoring should be made to ensure quality works. The President CCI Jammu also demanded immediate blacktopping of the road from Bahu Fort to Har Ki Pouri Mandir, as presently the road is in shambles giving a bad name to authorities which are responsible for the work. After listening to the demands and issues of the CCI team, the Divisional Commissioner exhibiting a very positive gesture asserted that the issues raised are of great importance as far as traders’ fraternity and the common man in Jammu is concerned. Showing extraordinary keenness, he assured that he will try his best to resolve all the problems and will soon come up with the plan to ensure that business in Jammu will not face any dent rather it should flourish better than before. Among those who were present include Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr.Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI and Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     12th May 2022


CCI meets DC Jammu Avny Lavasa, anticipates warm ties between Admn, traders A team of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu led by its President Arun Gupta on Wednesday met Avny Lavasa and discussed various issues related to trading community. Felicitating Avny Lavasa for her appointment as Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Arun Gupta said that the Jammu Chamber has lots of hopes from the new Deputy Commissioner Jammu as her tenure as Commissioner JMC was also stupendous because areas falling under Jammu Municipal Corporation have witnessed many drastic changes under her headship. “It was under your term that Jammu Municipal Corporation won the second prize for ‘Best Municipal Corporation in the Plastic Waste Management category’ at the Plastic Recycling Conference Asia 2.0. Of course, it was Avni Lavasa’s out of the box initiatives that have ensured recognition to JMC for its pioneering efforts in the field of plastic recycling”, Arun Gupta said, adding that Jammu is looking forward for the better ties between traders and the administration. He said that people of Jammu are fortunate enough to have such a seasoned officer as the DC. Meanwhile, gun manufacturers who accompanied the CCI team highlighted their issues concerning transport license, no objection certificate and proof testing permissions of guns. Arun Gupta said that the aforesaid things have been arbitrarily delayed at the DM’s office for the last over two months, thus causing trouble to gun manufacturer fraternity. Upon listening to the issue of gun manufacturers, the DC Jammu assured to look into the matter at the earliest and also vowed to bring in procedural changes to streamline the entire process so that no one feels the pinch of arbitrariness of officials in the aforesaid office. Avny Lavasa also thanked the CCI team for according warm welcome and assured that Jammu Administration will leave no stone unturned to mitigate the problems of businessmen of the region besides offering them pedestal for flourishing their establishments and businesses as never before. Among those who were present include Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr.Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI, and Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Regd.)

O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     May 10, 2022


CCI calls on Commissioner JMC, anticipates trader–friendly environment A team of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu headed by its President Arun Gupta met Rahul Yadav here on Tuesday and anticipated that the new JMC Commissioner will help in creating a trader-friendly environment in the region. Earlier at the outset of the meeting, the CCI President congratulated the new Commissioner for taking charge of the Jammu Municipal Corporation. He said that CCI is looking forward towards healthy ties between the businessman community and the civic body as they have to play a significant role in the development of the region. Arun Gupta said that CCI Jammu is ready to act as the bridge between the civic body and the business fraternity of Jammu and it is anticipated that both will create a cordial atmosphere which will steer the region towards becoming one of the most developed ones in the country. After taking keen interest in the points raised by the CCI President, Rahul Yadav assured wholehearted support to traders and industrialists of the region calling them important constituents of the local economy. He said that cooperation between the government bodies and trader fraternity is a must for boosting the local economy and realizing development as never before. The delegation of Jammu Chamber comprised of Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President ,Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General , Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary Meanwhile, Arun Gupta also appreciated the move of the Central Government for approving a package of Rs 12,000 crore for revamping power infrastructure in J&K. He said that LG Manoj Sinha has played a pivotal role in bringing this utmost necessary package for improving the power edifice in J&K as the same is in shambles due to ignorance and neglect of successive governments ruling the erstwhile state of J&K in the past over 70 years.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

Phones: 0191-2472255, 2472266

CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     26th April 2022


Provide uninterrupted power; bail out industry, people from crisis: CCI urges LG admin Expressing concern over dwindling situation of electricity supply in the Jammu region, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Jammu on Tuesday urged LG Manoj Sinha to take all possible steps for providing 24X7 power to bail out industry and common households from the crisis. Addressing a Press Conference at Chamber House in Jammu, Arun Gupta President CCI Jammu said that the current scenario in Jammu region as far as electricity supply is concerned is quite unfortunate because even the areas having latest smart meters are not being spared from unscheduled power cuts leaving aside the situation of consumers having old meters. He said despite installation of Smart Meters people of Jammu are not getting regular power supply. He asked the administration then what is fun of installing Smart Meters if the concerned has miserably failed to provide frequent power supply. The CCI President emphasized that the power crisis has stalled the work in the industrial areas to a grinding halt which is bad for the UT as this is contrary to what is being projected about development in the region. He said that the common man is facing nightmarish experience with no proper schedule of the power in the region which is unacceptable as people were expecting round the clock supply under the LG’s administration. Arun Gupta, however, praised the LG for taking extraordinary steps in providing facilities to the people but was doubtful with regard to the power scenario. Gupta mentioned that in the past the government had brought power from others states to cover the power shortage. He said that LG should seek special grant as far as power from the Northern grid to provide uninterrupted supply to industry and ensure scheduled electricity cuts for the common people as current uncertainty is highly unfortunate and creates unnecessary problems for the people. The CCI President appealed to LG Sinha for taking some out of the box initiatives to address the issues of power, water and other civic edifice as Jammu region has lately been affected due to dearth of these entities. The others present in the Press Conference include Sh. Lalit Mahajan, President BBIA, Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr.Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI, and Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     22 April 2022


CCI condemns terror attack on CISF personnel, pays homage to martyred ASI Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in Jammu in which one Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel achieved martyrdom and nine jawans were injured. Today in an urgent meeting held at chamber house in which Arun Gupta, President CCI along with the office bearers Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President ,Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President ,Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General , Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary ,Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer said that the Chamber strongly condemns the dastardly act of terrorists in pre-dawn attack on the security forces’ bus. He said that such acts are aimed at disturbing the existing peaceful atmosphere of Jammu especially when the VVIP like the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to Jammu and Kashmir. The Chamber President appreciated the instant retaliation to the attack by the security forces and killing both the terrorists in a nearby house where they had taken shelter while fleeing from the spot of attack. He said that timely action averted heavy casualty of CISF jawans as also some major strike by these fidayeens in the nearby Sunjwan Army Camp. While paying rich tributes to the martyred Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) S P Patil, Arun Gupta said that in this hour of pain the people of this nation stand highly indebted to the security force personnel who are ever ready to lay down their lives for the cause of the nation. He said it is because of their relentless vigilance and alertness that people feel safe and secure and live peacefully. He said that the Chamber members express sympathies with the family members of the martyred ASI and pray for peace to the departed soul. He also conveyed sympathies to injured security personnel praying for their early recovery. Meanwhile, the CCI office bearers headed by Arun Gupta visited the Government Medical College Jammu to know about the well-being of the security forces injured in the terror attack.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     9th April 2022


CCI condemns desecration of idols in Sidhra Temple, seeks probe, strict action against culprits The Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu on Saturday condemned the sacrilegious act of desecration of Hindu Gods idols in Sidhra Temple and demanded thorough probe to nail the culprits and punish them under law of the land. In the meeting held at Chamber House in Jammu, the CCI President Arun Gupta along with the office bearers Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President ,Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President ,Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General , Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary ,Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer took strong exception of this atrocious act and urged the UT administration to act stringently against the culprits as the incident has the potential to escalate communal tension. He said that administration should stop the situation from getting flared up as this is important for the society to remain calm and peaceful. While calling the incident as unacceptable, he said that perpetrators of this distasteful act wanted to flare-up communal divide and therefore it is necessary for the people to not give heed to such attempts to vitiate peace. He asked people of Jammu city to come forward and expose such elements who are enemy of peace, prosperity and tranquility. It is pertinent to mention that on Friday some miscreants vandalized a temple in Sidhra area desecrating the idols of Lord Ganesha, Maa Durga and many others.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     28th March 2022


CCI condemns PDD’s power disconnection drive, appeals LG to roll out amnesty scheme Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu while raising serious concern over the drive conducted by the Power Development Department to disconnect the power supply connections consumers in the Jammu region, has appealed to the Govt to immediately rollout an amnesty scheme for the power consumers so that these people are able to pay their power dues comfortably in equated installments. In a statement issued to media here today, Arun Gupta President Chamber of Commerce and Industries Jammu said that it is highly condemnable that during the ongoing drive the Power Department is even disconnecting the power supply connections of commercial establishments as well as residential areas which are just trying to come out of the tremendous economic setback during about two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Strongly condemning the attitude of the Power Development Department, he said that this unwarranted and inequitable action by the authorities in the Power Department should be stopped immediately. The CCI President said that people on the whole have just been trying to come out of Covid trauma after having suffered for two years on account of huge economic losses and now their children have resumed normal studies including higher studies and professional courses. In such a situation depriving these students of the power supply is gross injustice with them. Asserting that Govt is never expected to be so cruel or harsh against its own people, CCI President Arun Gupta appealed to the UT Administration led by the Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha to immediately order the halting of the aforesaid drive. Instead the Govt must introduce an appropriate Amnesty Scheme so that the power consumers are able to pay their power dues in easy equated installments under the said amnesty scheme, he added.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     16th March 2022


Prpl Secy Horti visits Chamber House, discusses issues related to traders community The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu urged Navin Kumar Choudhary, IAS Principal Secretary to J&K Government, Department of Agriculture Production and Farmer’s Welfare, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department and Horticulture Department to extend the lease deeds of shopkeepers at Fruit Market Narwal here at Chamber House on Tuesday. President CCI Arun Gupta along with Chamber team after welcoming Navin K Choudhary to Chamber House held extensive discussion on various issues confronting trader community of Jammu region. On the occasion, the welcome address was presented by Gaurav Gupta, General Secretary CCI Jammu. The Chamber President apprised the Principal Secretary that nearly 40 years ago in the year 1980-81, the Sabzimandi Parade and Fruit Market at Jewel were shifted to Narwal. “The traders were allotted land there on lease hold rights to carry on their business. The land was developed with the help of concerned traders by JDA and later by the Horticulture Planning and Marketing Department. The traders constructed their shops/offices on the allotted land for which they had taken loans and obtained bank limits to carry on their business against lease hold properties. Now the lease period of most of shops has expired in the year 2021 and the lease period of remaining shops is expiring by the end of March 2022. The banks are refusing to extend their bank limits etc and the insurance companies are not providing insurance facilities to these traders in absence of extension in the lease periods”, Gupta said. Arun Gupta maintained that upto year 2015 the department had provided the facility of transferring the leasehold rights but after 2015 the process was stopped due to reasons best known to concerned helmsmen. He said that due to financial crises, division of families, old age, illness or loss in the business, the original allottees have executed “Power of Attorney” to carry on their businesses. “At present almost 50 per cent shop sites are occupied by the attorney holders. The banks/financial institutions are not providing financial help to these traders due to non-transfer of shops etc. in their favour”, he said and appealed to the Principal Secretary to give due attention to this genuine issue. Besides, he also appealed to Naveen K Choudhary to stop the export of raw paddy which is going outside from Jammu and Kashmir to ensure sustenance of the existing rice units. Arun Gupta said that J&K UT has been declared as procurement zone for the past few years. “Last year J&K has procured 2.40 lakh quintals of wheat but here the consumption is 7 to 8 lakh quintals per month. This clearly means that UT of J&K is a consumption state and not the procurement state. FCI has stopped the sale of wheat in the procurement states therefore it is requested to convert UT of J&K into non-procurement zone so that FCI floats fresh tenders for the sale of wheat”, he said and urged Naveen K Choudhary to take immediate steps with regard to aforesaid issues to bail out people of the UT from the grave crisis. After giving a patient hearing, the Principal Secretary assured that all the demands putforth by the Jammu Chamber shall be considered and necessary action shall be taken as per the extant norms including extension of lease deeds, transfer of rights and building permissions for shops in the Mandis. The Principal Secretary Agriculture also asked CCI members to avail benefits of different schemes launched by the government in agriculture and other sectors for better business performance. Among the major schemes, he emphasized on Agriculture Infrastructure Fund and Formalization of Medium Enterprises. Vishesh Mahajan, JKAS, Director Horticulture Planning & Marketing also accompanied the Principal Secretary. Those who were present in the function Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary,CCI Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI Sh. Rajesh Gupta,Working President VHP, Sh. Sham Langer, Sh. Om Shah , Sh. Suresh Gupta, Sh. Ravinder Sawhney, Sh. Deepak Gupta, President Trader Federation Warehouse Sh, Surinder Singh Kala, Sh. Mohan Lal, Sh. Jagdish Langer, Sh. Rakesh Gupta, Sh. Anil Gupta, Sh. Narinder Gupta and others.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     28th February 2022


LJK-LEAD team visits Chamber House, assures to reduce communication gap between Govt and Industrialists The team of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Economic Growth and Development Dialogue (LJK-LEAD) led by its Director Sunil Shah visited the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) House here today. They interacted with the members of Jammu CCI taking stock of the problems being faced by them. Arun Gupta, President Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries presented the welcome address on the occasion. He highlighted the main issues and problems and issues of the traders and industrialists of Jammu and Kashmir especially due to the setback received due to lockdown and other restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said industrialists are facing huge economic crisis with a lot of concerns already closed besides others on the verge of closure awaiting a helping hand from the Govt and its agencies for their rehabilitation through financial support augmented by commerce and industry friendly schemes well formulated to overcome the problems of business community. The CCI President Arun Gupta said that Industrialists of Jammu are facing numerous problems due to non-productive policies of J&K Govt. He said that on one hand government is inviting investors from other states and seeking foreign investment while the already existing industries continue to be the worst sufferers. During their interaction with the LJK-LEAD team the CCI office bearers and Industrialist members said that the Government does not listen to the vital stakeholders’ suggestions and woes. They said that Govt should encourage existing industrialists adding that on ground lack of mis-communication between Govt and stakeholders is further adding to their woes. Seeking expansion model for the existing industries they alleged that there are no proper start up schemes for the industrialists in J&K and most probably it is because of this that practically no start up venture is visible on ground. After giving the CCI members a patient hearing, Director Sunil Shah said that the LJK-LEAD team led by him is working relentlessly with the aim to reduce the gap between Govt and industrialists. He asserted that his team will make level best efforts to establish a strong bridge between these two significant components of the society in J&K. Emphasizing that the economy of the nation, states and the Union territories depends substantially on the commerce and industries sector, he said that he will take up all the issues highlighted by CCI before the government so that the gap between the Govt and stakeholders would be reduced to bare minimum. Those present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurv Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer, Sh. Lalit Mahajan, President Bari Brahmana Industrial Association, Sh. Rajesh Jain, Sh. Jagdish Langer, Sh. T.S.Reen, Sh. Pardeep Vaid, Sh. Bansi Lal Gupta, Sh. S.B.Abrol, Sh. Anil Raina, Sh. Anil Gupta, Sh. K.K.Khosa, Sh. A.S.Sachdeva, Sh. Balbir Gupta, Sh. Sahib Saroop Gupta, Sh. Surinder Mohan Gupta, Sh. Ravi Gupta, Sh. Harinder Gupta, Sh. Deepak Gupta

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     21st February 2022


Provide adequate parking for shops along Akhnoor Road: CCI Gaurav Gupta, General Secretary CCI today appealed to R.K Singh, Executive Director NHIDCL Jammu to provide adequate parking space for the shops situated along Akhnoor Road stretch between 0 Km to 6 Km. Chamber’s Gen Secretary led delegation of Akhnoor Road traders called on Executive Director NHIDCL Jammu and projected number of issues which this business community was confronting due to construction of flyover. Gaurav asserted that there are approximately 500 traders who have been affected due to road widening and flyover work and therefore it is first and foremost requirement that adequate parking slots be provided for those who want to have business dealings with the traders in the aforesaid stretch as with the changed scenario parking has become a big issue. He advised the NHIDCL official to utilize the space underneath the flyover by developing the same as designated parking so that the need to go for specific parking building gets eliminated and the concerned people can utilize the space in the best possible way. The Chamber’s General Secretary said that developing parking between the pillars of flyover like the case in Delhi and Ludhiana, will resolve the issue to a large extent and no extra cost will be incurred to change the space into parking slots. After giving a patient hearing, the Executive Director NHIDCL was impressed by the idea and he readily accepted the same for execution. It is pertinent to mention that the CCI President Arun Gupta had called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Raghav Langer about three days ago and discussed the aforesaid issue for finding an early resolution as the construction work on Akhnoor Road was creating hindrances in the businesses of the local traders having shops in the vicinity. As a panacea, the Divisional Commissioner has assured the CCI President that he will arrange a meeting of the Chamber with the NHIDCL officials to sort out the issues regarding the Akhnoor Road traders. Today’s meeting was the follow up of the aforesaid interaction of CCI President with Dr Langar.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     19 February 2022


Narwal Mandi traders’ call on CCI President A delegation of vegetable and fruit Mandi association from Narwal Mandi comprising of Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Ex-Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Davinder Gupta, President, Fruit Market Association, S. Sirinder Singh, President Vegetables Market Narwal, Sh. Ashok Gupta, Vice President Fruit Market, Sh. Raj Kumar and Sh. S.K.Gupta today met Arun Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu at the Chamber House here today. The delegation brought to the notice of the Chamber President multiple issues of the traders including the expired leasehold of their shops and dilapidated road condition and poor sanitation in the Narwal Mandi area. The delegation members deliberated upon their issues and concerns during their elaborate meeting with the Chamber President. The delegation members said that the pressing issue of the traders is the extension of lease period of shops at Narwal Mandi which has been irking the traders dealing in vegetables and fruits, running their establishments in the Fruit and Vegetable Market, Narwal Mandi for the past four decades. Even the transfer of shops is not being allowed for the last seven years due to which the traders of the area are not able to get their limits enhanced from their respective banks thus are facing financial crunch. The delegation apprised the Chamber President that the shops were allotted to them on a lease period of 40 years and now the lease of all their shops needs to be renewed by J&K Horticulture Planning and Marketing Department by duly extending the tenure of the original lease. They added that for the last some time, the department is not extending the lease period of their shops at Narwal Mandi, Jammu and regretted that despite repeated requests, the officers sitting at the helm of affairs failed to show any serious concern towards this grave issue concerning the Narwal Mandi traders. They also highlighted that the business community is already facing the impact of Covid-19 pandemic for the last more than two years, especially the traders dealing in fruits and vegetables have faced immense losses during the aforesaid period. They asserted that in view of the fret of non extension of lease tenure these traders are unable to concentrate properly on their business thus further accentuating their losses. They said that there is a dire need for converting the lease-hold of the shops of concerned traders into free-hold so that the problem is ended once for all. They also raised the issue pertaining to the ongoing road work which is going at Narwal Mandi road in front of the entry gate of fruit and vegetable creating unnecessary hindrance to the traders . Arun Gupta listened patiently to the delegation members and assured he would soon take up the highlighted issues with the government and get the same addressed soon. The Other Office bearers of CCI present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Rajeev Gupta. Jr. Vice President

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     13 February 2022


J&K Admn moving in right direction with expeditious pace: CCI ‘Like musical fountain, also complete artificial lake project in record time’ The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Sunday appreciated J&K administration’s endeavours to pace up development in the UT by realizing several development projects one after another. In a statement issued here, CCI President Arun Gupta alongwith the office bearers Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President , Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President , Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General , Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary , Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer applauded the efforts of LG Manoj Sinha for giving a fillip to development in Jammu by completing a number of development projects in record time. He welcomed the installation and commissioning of the Musical Fountain in Bagh-E-Bahu Fort and relaying of stone for the artificial lake project. Assuring full support to the government, he said that the exemplary pace with which the development is taking place in Jammu the days are not far when the tourist footfall in the region will cross all the previous records. He said that this was quite necessary to provide the required push to the local economy as there is no dearth of natural beauty in the vicinity of Jammu City but due to lackadaisical approach of previous governments the region failed to pick up pace as far as development and improvement in places of tourist interest are concerned. He anticipated that the interest shown by LG’s administration towards improving the tourist edifice in Jammu region will bring tremendous changes in socio-economic profile through creation of new livelihood opportunities and also by significant increase in the influx of tourists hailing from different parts of the country and abroad. He however, urged LG Sinha to make sure that the artificial lake project see the light of the day well in time because already much delay has been caused due to hiccups and lethargy of the successive governments that did only lip service but never paid any heed on ground thus leading to missing of deadlines one after another. He said that once completed, the Tawi Lake Project will help in making Jammu an independent tourist destination catering the aspirations of the visitors of this city of temples in a complete manner. He urged the LG to continue with the good work as this is necessary to bring Jammu on the country's tourist map and help people to lead a happy and contented life with no dearth of basic amenities and civic edifice.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     9th February 2022


CCI anguished over withdrawal of posts advertised by JKPSC, JKSSB Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu has urged the UT Govt. to review the decision of cancelling all the posts advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) and Services Selection Board (SSB) prior to October 31, 2019. This was expressed during an urgent meeting of CCI Jammu held in this connection at Chamber House here today. In the meeting held under the chairmanship of Arun Gupta, President CCI alongwith the office bearers Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI. expressed anguish over the decision of J&K Government, terming it as a bolt from the blue for the youth. The Chamber President raised a significant question on the Government’s statement that all the cancelled posts will be re-advertised and filled on fast track basis. He asked whether the government will allow the youth who have become over-aged while waiting for the written examinations, to apply for such jobs when re-advertised. He said that it is an irony that government instead of creating new job avenues and fill all the posts lying vacant in several government departments of Jammu and Kashmir has begun the campaign of withdrawing the advertisements for various posts.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     8th February 2022


CCI hails Govt. for lifting weekend lockdown The meeting of different market /trade and Industrial Associations was held today at Chamber House under the Presidentship of Sh. Arun Gupta. The main point discussed in the meeting was the situation has arisen due to the spread of the Corona Virus, which compelled the government to impose some restrictions include weekend lockdown initially on Saturday and Sunday and later the same has imposed from 2 PM on Friday up to 6 AM on Monday. Sh. Arun Gupta President CCI talked to the local administration and convinced them that the lockdown is no solution and it will only affect the business community who have already suffered huge losses due to previous lockdowns. Initially, with the intervention of Chamber shops were got opened on Friday's till 9 PM instead of 2 PM However with the continuous effort of the chamber team requesting the administration to lift the lockdown for Saturdays amid in the declining of several covid cases and finally convinced the administration to open the shops on Saturday’s followed by the recent announcement to lift the weekend lockdown. President CCI express gratitude to the administration as well as the business community for their whole-hearted cooperation and support due to which it all happened and Chamber succeeded in curbing the situation from going bad to worse. The others present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajiv Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary-General CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCI, Sh. Sham Lal Kalsotra, President CCI Udhampur Sh. Romesh Chander Gupta, Ex-President CCI, Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Ex-Sr. Vice President CCI.

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O.B-31 Rail Head Complex Jammu

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     3rd February 2022


Waiving 50 pc passenger tax progressive move: CCI The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Thursday termed the move of J&K Administration to waive off 50 percent passenger tax chargeable on various vehicles for one year as progressive and demanded that same should be abolished in J&K UT as it is not applicable in other Union Territories of the country. The meeting held here today at the Chamber House was chaired by President CCI Jammu, Arun Gupta and attended among others by Sr. Vice President, Anil Gupta; Jr. Vice President, Rajeev Gupta; Secretary General, Gaurav Gupta; Secretary, Rajesh Gupta and Treasurer, Rajesh Gupta welcomed the recent decisions headed by LG Manoj Sinha to waive off 50 percent Passenger Tax Chargeable on various vehicles for one year from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 asserting that the same will address genuine demand of operators of commercial vehicles. The Jammu Chamber appealed to the government to abolish the passenger tax once and for all as the same is not applicable in other UTs of the country. The Chamber also appreciated the LG Manoj Sinha for constituting a 3-tier committee to demarcate "Gair Mumkin Khad" especially in 3 districts including Jammu, Kathua and Samba and for seeking report within three months. “This will give a major relief to the people who are suffering because of erroneous/ misleading entries of such water bodies in their revenue records”, the meeting said adding that the LG’s initiative in this regard is quite appreciable and Chamber thanks him for showing magnanimity over the issue. The CCI members anticipated that by redefining the Gair Mumkin Khads, the avenues for investments as desired by the LG Sinha will take a big leap as confusion over the issue was marring the scope of the same over the last many years. After threadbare discussion on the impact of continuous lockdowns in different forms in the UT of J&K, Chamber made a fervent appeal to J&K Administration to revisit the decision under the light of PM Modi’s suggestion that the restrictions on account of COVID should not hinder the business activity and people’s livelihood. Arun Gupta appealed to the J&K Administration to completely lift all the restrictions which are hampering the business activity in Jammu Province as the same has become significant to ensure sustenance of businessmen fraternity in the region. He said that COVID cases have also started showing considerable downfall therefore it is needful now to make an end to weekend lockdowns and give the businessmen a fair chance to earn livelihood and the trade to come back on rails once again.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     1st February 2022


Budget has nothing significant for trade, industry: CCI Terming the Budget 2022 as insignificant for the business community, President Chamber for Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu Arun Gupta said that the Finance Minister has nothing in offing for the small traders and industrialists. In the statement issued to media persons here on Tuesday, Arun Gupta said that over all everything is touched in the budget but with a big disappointment for the traders and industrialists who were confronting mounting pressure due to restrictions and continuous setbacks in the last over two years due to pandemic corona and its related problems. He said the government has announced certain benefits for the overall development of the country like e-passports,two years time for updating IT returns, Increase in Defence budget, 80 lacs houses under PM Awas Yojana, Master Plan for 25000 KM Expressway, 400 New Generation Vande Bharat Trains, Har Ghar Nal se Jal etc. which are welcome steps. He said that what is missing in the budget is a big announcement for marginal traders who were worst hit by the pandemic and expecting relief from the Modi Government in the form of significant sops or some other big reliefs or incentives.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     31st January 2022


CCI deputation calls on Atal Dulloo, discusses issues related to traders The Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu deputation called on Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary) Atal Dulloo and discusses various issues related to traders’ community. The deputation submitted a memorandum giving details of the demands. The ace body of traders and industrialists under the leadership of its President Arun Gupta demanded VAT and Power Amnesty Schemes for the concerned business community. It was explained that under VAT and Power Amnesty Schemes it was provided that defaulters can deposit their dues without interest and penalties but due to continued lockdown and financial crunch some traders could not avail the benefit of the scheme therefore deserve one more chance to deposit the VAT dues and power bills without interest and penalties. It was also demanded that the limit for e-way bills should be enhanced from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh. Arun Gupta also urged the Fin Comm to ensure that power bills from hoteliers should be charged on the pattern of industries as was the case in the past. The CCI delegation also requested Atal Dulloo that the Industries who could not claim the SGST in the year 2017 therefore the same should be given a chance to claim that amount. The CCI also asked Dulloo to give an opportunity to the assessees of GST to file their GST returns during the lockdown period of Covid-19. It was also informed that there are some assessees who also have filed their GST returns after the expiry of date therefore an appeal was made that their cases should also be considered and brought under the aforesaid scheme. The delegation also sought government help in revival of The Citizens Cooperative Bank Ltd. Jammu and also demanded extension of 5% interest subsidy to the business community which was given during the first phase of the lockdown. The Financial Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the Chamber deputation and assured for early consideration of issues putforth during the meeting.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     26 January 2022


CCI celebrates 73rd Republic Day with patriotic fervor Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu today celebrated the 73rd Republic Day with great fervour here today. An impressive programme was organized at the Chamber House which commenced with the hoisting of National Flag by Arun Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce and Industries Jammu in presence of other office bearers and senior members of the CCI. On the occasion, Arun Gupta unfurled the National Flag after which the whole premises reverberated with the singing of National Anthem amid salutations to the National Tricolour and the martyrs who laid down their lives while protecting the territorial integrity of the nation on the borders and the hinterland. In his address, Arun Gupta threw light on the martyrdom of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the cause of the nation and its people as a result of which the people of the World’s largest Democracy are enjoying full freedom and self esteem having earned honour and dignity at the global level. Gupta said that Republic Day is the most auspicious day for the whole nation and its people and being the most vibrant democracy of the world, it deserves to be celebrated like a festival with full enthusiasm and gaiety amid participation of people from diverse cultures as ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the hallmark of the Indian democracy. The Chamber President assured that CCI members will leave no stone unturned in taking J&K on the glorious path of development and prosperity. It is pertinent to mention here that the celebration was held amid strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocols, patriotic fervour and exuberance.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     25th January 2022


CCI deputation calls on CS, seeks change in weekend lockdown timing The Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu deputation called on Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta here on Tuesday and sought change in timing of weekend lockdown to be imposed on upcoming Friday besides highlighting various other demands. In the meeting with Chief Secretary J&K, the CCI delegation led by its President Arun Gupta raised the issue of ensuing weekend lockdown scheduled to be imposed on Friday at 2:00 PM till the Monday morning and demanded that the same should be imposed after 9:00 PM on the aforesaid day as the business community has already incurred colossal losses and such curbs are further causing undue losses to the people earning their livelihood through business. President CCI said that government should consider the hardships of the business community of J&K before taking the decisions of lockdowns. He said that a considerate view should be taken by the government before directing the businessmen to shut their establishments especially on the weekday viz Friday. Arun Gupta also highlighted the issue of New Excise Policy which has rendered the owners of the previous wine shops jobless and even penniless. He urged the Chief Secretary to examine and find some via-media to review the Excise Policy to accommodate the old licensees who lost their source of income. He also said that the policy should be formulated to ensure local trade and business guarantee as per the sentiments of the people of the region. The CCI President welcomed the government move whereby agriculture land can be used for residential, commercial, real estate purposes. “This is a welcome step and will enable the outside investors to establish their units here”, he added. He urges the chair to redefine “Kism” land type so that people in large besides investors should invest hassle free. Arun Gupta also demanded that the security pickets around Raghunathji Temple should be removed and frisking should be optimal to raise the sense of security among the devotees as the current practice is a bit harsh leading to apprehensions among the minds of visitors. The Chief Secretary gave a patient hearing to the Chamber deputation and assured for early consideration of issues putforth during the meeting.

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CCJ/22/2022                                                              Press Note                                                     23 December 2021


VC JDA, CCI team visits new terminal at Bus Stand On the request of Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority (JDA), Pankaj Magotra today visited the newly constructed bus terminal at Jammu and took stock of the hardships being faced by traders. In this connection, a team of CCI Jammu headed by Arun Gupta apprised the Vice Chairman JDA about the problems being faced by shopkeepers of the old and new terminals of General Bus Stand Jammu. Rajiv Gupta Junior Vice President ,Gaurav Gupta, General Secretary and Rajesh Gupta Secretary also accompanied the President CCI Jammu. Mr Madhu Sharm President General bus stand shopkeeper Association and Ramesh Tak, President Trader welfare Association General Bus stand were also present. The shopkeepers of new bus terminal apprised the Vice Chairman that the customers are not reaching the new terminal. They further apprised the Vice Chairman there is several shortcomings for a smooth start of the terminal as some furnishing work is still pending like power connections, water logging, Lift not functional etc. They requested the Vice Chairman to address these genuine issues and take necessary steps to make the newly constructed terminal operational. Arun Gupta said that the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha had inaugurated the new Bus Stand Terminal in the month of February but surprisingly this much awaited facility is yet to become completely operational. Arun Gupta appealed to the Vice Chairman JDA to take necessary step in addressing the issues raised by traders of General Bus Stand and take all possible steps for smooth functioning of new Bus Stand Terminal. Later the Vice Chairman and CCI visited the Old Bus Stand and listened to the problems being faced traders. The Vice Chairman JDA gave a patient hearing to the traders of Bus Stand and assured the CCI team that all the aforesaid shortcomings will be resolved within shortest possible time.