SRINAGAR: In continuation with the ongoing week-long deliberations and discussions with stakeholders and trade organisations, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary held detailed discussions with Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kashmir Economic Alliance, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturer Federation, Federation of Chambers of Industry in Kashmir among others.
The discussions were aimed at finalising a strategy for economic revival, graded opening of sectors and markets in non-containment areas and public involvement and participation in COVID containment strategies. The meeting also discussed a host of issues faced by traders including loan repayments, manufacturing, transportation and loss of perishable items apart from the expiry of products during the lockdown.
Mohammad Yaseen Khan, President, Kashmir Economic Alliance suggested a graded initiation of activities, support to FMCG network, the opening of some markets on alternate days, designated timing, notification of social distancing norms for markets. He also raised several issues faced by business and trade organisations.
KCCI head Sheikh Ashiq sought detailed guidelines for feasts, finalisation of hotel rent, norms of social gathering in revised lockdown notification, alternate plan for the educational system, select timing for the opening of different markets and designated timing.
Iqbal Trumboo discussed the issues faced by transporters and associated staff. He raised the flight of families associated with transport and sought special bailout initiative for them. In the wake of COVID he highlighted the need for new norms and subsequently revised tariff plan for transport.
FCIK President Ashraf Mir put forth a number of suggestions also sought regular interactions by senior Government functionaries with trade and business organisations. Wahid Malik discussed Hotel industry issues and need for support to the industry. Sheikh Farooq of religious tour organisation and president of Restaurant and Café association called for the continuation of lockdown.
Nasir Khan and Imtiaz Ahmed raised several issues and put forth suggestions for sectoral and business support aimed at economic revival while taking due care of steps required for covid containment.
DC Srinagar expressed gratitude to trade and business organisation for their overwhelming support and contribution in the hour of need. He made a special mention of Hotel association for their magnanimity to provide luxury hotels for quarantine facilities at nominal rates which has set an example in the country. He also thanked the associations for their valuable and concrete suggestions.
ADC Hanief Balkhi moderated the sessions while ADM Harvinder Singh and Social and Preventive Medicine team headed by Dr Rabbani Tariq was also present.