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This section contains the most exhaustive reportage on the state, status of business in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hanging by wire

At the threshold of survival, the copper industry of Kashmir is facing a slump and requires intervention at highest level.…

Back on global radar

A buyer seller meet has brought international buyers for Kashmir handicrafts direct to Srinagar, building links between Kashmiri traders and…

Survival on a prized craft

Despite growing demands of Khatamband ceilings, not many artisans are eager to pass on the craft to their children. Surviving…


Last summer, as Kashmir rose to undo any future threat of economic blockade, traders seemed determined to regain control over…

Cherry blossom

Horticulture exports from Kashmir this year have made a good beginning with cherry registering an increase of 166 metric tonnes…

Growing (im)balance

Cross LoC trade may die a slow death in absence of exchange currency to clear balance of payment. Hamidullah Dar…

Cross LoC cooperation

We at Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) believe that combining a Free Economic Zone and International Financial Centre…

A new bank is born

Kamraz Rural Bank and Jammu Rural Bank merge to form J&K Grameen Bank. R S Gull reports. After a three…

At the Receiving End
Fayaz Ahmad Ahanger
It seems that Kashmir economy will never achieve the desired and much talked about results if the circumstances continue to be what it looks like.
Trade activities In Kashmir valley, which were once paying high taxes compared to the other parts of the state, are touching the lowest ebb.  All the purchases made from outside state got diverted to Jammu province. For this diversion Sales Tax Department played a key role.
Lakhanpur check post continues to play a harassment game especially for valley based traders, for whom the post is out of reach. The unwarranted activities of this post were unbearable to the extent that the Kashmiri traders avoided facing the post and finding an easy option by shifting their total purchases to Jammu province. At that time under sales tax act it suited the Valley traders because of lesser involvement of accounts and  sales tax dept. This diversion of trade indeed was an easy option at that point of time but at the same time margins earned were lesser and capital involved was higher due to the tax paid in advance at first point. After the introduction of VAT same trading activities with the Jammu province are turning to be costlier because of complex accounts needs and apathy of Tax Dept.

Telecom providers fail TRAI survey
Zubair A. Dar

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has snubbed telecom service providers in J&K for failing to meet customer satisfaction benchmarks. The regulatory authority has demanded better treatment to customers particularly in resolving their grievances that a state wide survey identified late last year.
The survey, TRAI said, concluded that BSNL, the lone wireline service provider in J&K falls short of TRAI specified benchmark with a score of 58 percent in provision of telephone after registration of demand.
About fault incidence and clearance statistics in wireline service, the report said, “Fault repair remains pain point as only 44 percent of the total complaints registered in the sample exchanges were repaired within 24 hrs which is significantly short of TRAI specified benchmark of 90percent.”
For live calling carried out by IMRB auditors, only 62 percent of subscribers claimed that fault was repaired within 24 hrs. Even for fault repair within 3 days, BSNL falls short of the TRAI specified benchmark with a score of 72 percent.

Tendering bias
In Kashmir, even the right to submit a tender for government procurement needs an intervention from Chief Minister’s office. R S Gull reports.
The statement that manufacturing sector in Kashmir suffers because of the attitude of the state government for long has remained just an allegation. Rarely has anyone been able to prove it right.
This month, however, the naysayers were vindicated when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had to personally intervene to allow Khyber Cements, a local cement manufacturing major, submit a tender application. The entrepreneur had been denied the right to apply on ‘flimsy’ grounds by a state government department that makes purchases for hundreds of crores every year.
“We have a huge market in the private sector but that does not mean we can not supply our cement to the state government if and when there is an opportunity,” Umer Khursheed Trambu of Khyber Cements told Kashmir Life. “It was a crude shock that a state government department was seeking tenders from outside manufacturers when better quality cement is produced within the state.”

Cost of protest

Strikes have been the most common feature of separatist struggle since 1989. Hamidullah Dar reports the price that people and…

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