Serious Utilization Of LoC Trade Can Prove Extremely Beneficial To Boost Economy Of J&K State: Omar

9 November 2009
Punjab Newsline

Jammu: Interacting with the President and office bearer of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu, the Chief Minister (CM), Omar Abdullah said that he realized the apprehension of both Jammu as well as Kashmir Chamber about the slow pace of LoC trade. He said that he believes that LoC trade between India and Pakistan can prove very helpful for entire J&K State. The Chief Minister said that both the countries can take maximum benefit of this trade and it can be made more serious and fruitful. He said that LOC trade could not pick up because of various reasons including limited number of the items to be traded and other facilities which are required to be provided for success of the trade. He said that it is globally acknowledged fact that trade is a backbone of economy. The routes in both the Jammu as well as in Kashmir have been opened for this trade; can be utilized for all kind of trade so that the people of our state are able to take benefit, which will automatically help the people of both the countries to reap the benefits of this trade. He also assured that the Chamber that government will play its key role in expanding the Industrial Estates in the state where new entrepreneurs can set up their Industrial Units. He said with the maximum investment in Industrial Sector and economic field in the state, the large number of youth who have got expertise in various professional fields can be properly utilized. He assured the Chamber that the government will provide all kind of support in both provinces for proper expansion of Industrial set up, so that our State regains its position on the Industrial Map which it was commanding two decades earlier. The newly elected body of Jammu Chamber of Commerce headed by Y.V Sharma President Called on the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in his office chamber on Monday and lauded the role of present government headed by Omar Abdullah on showing its seriousness to review and boast the economical and industrial scenario in Jammu and Kashmir State. They said we are deeply impressed with the positive approach of the Chief Minister who has different vision to give new dimension to economic activity in the State by enriching the State with definite infrastructure which shall prove helpful for boosting the economic activities. The delegation was accompanied by the Bari-Brahmina Industrial Association along with the Co-Chairman of MOI and General Secretary of MOI including T.S. Reen, Co- Chairman, Kuldeep Ohri, Secretary General and other concerned associates. The Traders Association of Jammu also called on the Chief Minister and discussed various issues pertaining to their fraternity. The Chief Minister appreciated the approach of traders of Jammu who are keen to provide best customer service to the people and also play their key role in enriching the economy of the State. Chief Minister,Omar Abdullah on Monday welcomed the intension of separatist groups to participate in dialogue process and address the Jammu and Kashmir centric political issues across the table. “This will be a welcome change in the larger interests of the people of the State”, he added. Addressing a jam-packed media conference on the opening of government offices here today, Omar said quite diplomacy has proved fruitful in solving many political issues. “This process has helped a lot in the settlement of political issues of Palestine and Sri Lanka in recent past”, he said. The Chief Minister said that quite diplomacy keeps the focus on settling issues without media hype and proves prudent to carry forward the dialogue in right direction. “The fact is that you can move ahead in the dialogue process easily without creating media hype” he explained. In reply to another question, Omar said though the situation in Pakistan is the country’s internal matter, yet the neighbours also feel concerned for the disturbing situation across the border. “The instability in Pakistan affects the country, particularly Jammu and Kashmir”, he added. Omar in reply to another question said that the mishandling of the issuance of prepaid SIM cards by a small service group should not affect the large number of genuine users of the facility adding that State Government was informed by Government of India about its intension in this regard. “We were told that something like that was being contemplated”, he added. The Chief Minister said that he would sit with Government of India including Home Ministry to resolve the issue as the blanket ban on the use of prepaid SIM cards is not the answer to the issues relating to the security and other important aspects. “Jammu and Kashmir has to be kept at par with other states of the country in respect of use of prepaid SIM cards”, he said asserting that the service groups should be made responsible for ensuring verifications of documents as per the requirements. “We cannot put to inconvenience a large number of genuine users for the fault of service groups”, he added. Answering another question, the Chief Minister said that the NC-Congress coalition government is working in close coordination and amity. “The last ten months performance of the government vindicates the fact that there has never been any dispute in decision making by the Cabinet. We are carrying forward the development agenda together to ensure speedy progress and development of the State”, he said maintaining that the focus of coalition government is on the cause and concern of people instead of party or personal interests. Omar said that the priority concern of the government at present is to ensure the expenditures on works and complete the schemes on time to reap the benefits of Rs. 5500 crore annual plan granted by the Government of India besides ensuring spending of Rs. 1200 crore under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme (PMRP). He said we are also concerned about speeding up the works on power projects under execution in the State under PMRP. The Chief Minister said that high quality macamadization of roads in Jammu and Srinagar cities has been initiated this year and the process would be carried to the towns to upgrade roads making them more traffic worthy. He said government has also initiated actions to improve other sectors and upgrade the health, education, PHE and power facilities in the State. “We want people to judge us by the work done”, he said adding that instead of making announcements government believes in taking actions to achieve the goals. In reply to a question pertaining to the SRTC employees strike, Omar said that government is willing to provide every help to restructure the Corporation making it a viable and profitable venture. “We have already made it clear that government will provide the funds for the release of salary to the Corporation employees but government is not in a position to upgrade the salaries of Corporation employees to the level of 6th pay commission as the Corporation is running on losses”, he added. “How is it possible for a government to enhance the salaries of Corporation employees when the Corporation is completely in red”, he asked and said that government is keen to improve the functioning of the Corporation making it profit worthy. “However, Corporation employees have also to understand the situation and cooperate in the efforts of the government. We have to meet somewhere in midway to resolve the issue”, he said. The members of Council of Ministers, Advisors to the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, President and General Secretary of Civil Secretariat Employees Union were also present in the press conference.