by Syed Samreen
SRINAGAR: Minister for Road, Transport & Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari on Thursday asked the universities and trade bodies of Jammu and Kashmir to draft a vision document on potential areas of trade that would boost the businesses in the region.
The webinar was conducted by Fahad Mir Foundation and the host was Ruchi Chouhan Khan from Jammu. The theme of the webinar was ‘Job opportunities by the Ministry of MSME and constraints faced by the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.’
The special participants from Kashmir involved the President KCCI, Sheikh Ashiq, Vice-chancellor, Kashmir University, Talat Ahmad, Vice-chancellor Jammu University, Manoj Dhar, Principal Secretary Technical Education Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Executive president J&K bank Arun Gandotra, Bari Brahmana industrial association Jammu, Lalit Mahajan.
According to trade bodies, while addressing the webinar Nitin Gadkari said that the Central Government is trying very hard to bring all-round development to the region by focusing on various sectors of growth and trade which are unique to J-K and have tremendous potential to bring a paradigm shift in the socio-economic development of the region.
He said that he is looking forward to the universities, research institutes, trade bodies, innovators, entrepreneurs, craft development institutes and government departments in the region of J&K to come forward with a vision document focusing on the potential areas of growth and trade so that both unemployment and poverty which are interlinked could be eradicated from the region.
Sheikh Ashiq, president KCCI addressed the difficulties faced by people. He explained how the bad conditions of the roads and the National Highway hindered the normal transport process.
“The national highway is in a pathetic condition. This issue needs to be taken up at the earliest time possible,” he said in the Webinar.
The second issue addressed by the president was regarding the Artisans of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The handicrafts and silk industry has given recognition to our valley and it should be protected and preserved,” Sheikh Ashiq added.
He stated that the artisans have been sidelined and denied the benefits of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package’.
He said that the industry needs financial support from the Government to keep going.
He added that post-August 05, 2019, each and every sector of Kashmir has not been able to enter the revival mode and the artisans and other workers genuinely need a financial package to revive.
Farooq Amin, Secretary-General KCCI mentioned that the businessmen of Kashmir are facing problems in logistics and transport facilities. He said that the export would be facilitated if the conditions of the roads would be better.
The webinar was also attended by important participants of FCIK, Traders federation J&K, Industrial association J&K, Travel and Tourism association J&K.