KCCI Delegation Meets Governor

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SRINAGAR

The KCCI delegation was led by its preseident Mushtaq Ahmad Wani.
The KCCI delegation was led by its president Mushtaq Ahmad Wani.

A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) headed by its President Mushtaq Ahmad Wani Tuesday called on Governor at Civil Secretariat, Srinagar.

A statement of the chamber issued here read that a number of issues were brought to his notice and discussed in detail.

The KCCI delegation raised the following issues:

  1. TOURISM ISSUES

(a) The State Government in the past  levied 12.5% Service Tax to  be charged from  the tourists by the hotels which  effected  the tourist trade badly and  is therefore on pleading  by the Tourism fraternity, being exempted year after year at the time of finalization of annual budget proposals of the State. The same was discussed and pleaded for again by the KCCI delegation in the meeting today. Governor was pleased to appreciate and issue on the spot direction for exemption of the said service tax.

(b) While  commending  the renewed efforts made by the Department  of Tourism   for promotion of tourism  by organising Road Shows and Travel  Marts  in cities other than metropolis  of the Country,  covering central India cities by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry affiliated tourism associations, the delegation discussed and sought organising  two mega State sponsored events showcasing the Tourism-Handicrafts-Horticulture combine potential, facilities / infrastructure available and scope of its growth, at Mumbai and Gujarat each one at least of one  weeks  duration. Governor appreciated the need for such events and directed the Advisor In-charge Tourism to consider the proposal accordingly.

  1. ARTISAN CREDIT CARD SCHEME

As discussed by the delegation in detail, Governor issued instructions to bring the scheme at par with the Kisan Credit Card Scheme and extend all the relevant facilities to the Artisans in the same manner as are available under the Kisan Credit Card Scheme.

  1. EXPORTER / MANUFACTURER

Exporter / Manufacturer loans on lesser rate of interest to increase the manufacturing and export the handicrafts from the State were discussed and Governor was requested to consider priority lending on lesser rates of interest to the Exporter/ manufacturers to help promote exports from the State. Governor has been very kind to assure that the matter will be looked into.

  1. FALLOW FOREST LAND FOR WALNUT PLANTATION

The delegation   has drawn the attention of His Excellency the Governor to the utilization of fallow forest land for plantation of high yielding Walnut variety plantation. Governor has very kindly agreed to have it examined.

  1. HORTICULTURE

The delegation while revealing the damage caused to the Apple orchards due to 2014 deluge  made a fervent  request to Governor with regard to  (i) hybrid  Apple Plantation and making the required saplings available for the same in the State as with the hybrid plantation  the Apple production in the State is expected to increase  manifold; and (ii) taking up the matter regarding Tree Spray Oil with Government of India for providing priority quota to the State. Governor assured that due consideration to the suggestion will be given.

  1. ROAD CLOSURE DURING DARBAR MOVE

The  delegation brought to the notice of Governor the impact  on the tourist inflow by closing the National Highway  for  tourist  and  other traffic  during  Darbar Move to facilitate smooth Darbar Movement and pleaded that the dates for the  movement  of Darbar related  vehicles/carriers  be notified/ announce  in advance so that the tourists  could  schedule their  travel programme accordingly and that the  special permission  be granted  for  movement of  light  tourist vehicles during the  Darbar Movement.  The point was taken and Governor issued instructions to the concerned accordingly.

  1. SRINAGAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUN-WAY REPAIR

The Governor was informed by the delegation that the Airport Authority is learned to take up the repair of the run-way again this year. It was explained  that the repair of the run-way  during the peak tourist season  affects  the tourists inflow badly as the tourist due to  inconvenience caused to them  by  disturbance  in  flight schedule, cancel and  change their travel programme  to Kashmir  which in the long run  results in  low tourist  turnover. Governor was accordingly requested to take up and ask the Airport Authority to avoid/ reschedule repair works of the run-way during the peak tourist season so as to allow smooth tourist movement.

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