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KCCI delegation meets parliamentary committees, seeks freight subsidy

Post by on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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Srinagar, Aug 24: A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) led by its president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad and Farooq Amin Tuesday met parliamentary standing committees on commerce and labour to discuss problems being faced by artisans and exporters in J&K.
A statement said, the delegation discussed measures for the welfare of artisans and need for augmenting infrastructure facilities to boost exports from Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are at the fag end of India without logistic support as still we have no dry port with the result export goods reach Delhi with higher fare rates resulting losing the competition at international level. 
 “So freight subsidies be given to exporters from Jammu & Kashmir as they can't compete with others who are close to ports,” it said.
The delegation said Kashmir has a geographical disadvantage in logistics in respect of road transport. “In order to increase export and make our products competitive in the international market, there is need to subsidize freight both air and road.”
It urged UT and Centre to come up with attractive schemes so that entrepreneurs, new educated, and unemployed youth will get attracted towards the export industry.
“All handmade items should be exempted from taxes like GST, it must also be waived off on Pashmina shawls, carpets, papier machie, crewel, chain stitch, wood carving items.”
“There should be a separate ITC (HS) code for Pashmina shawls and verified by the  competent testing laboratory.  No capping should be placed on Pashmina shawls or other value-added handicraft items under RoDTEP scheme,” the statement said.
 The delegation said the government should declare a special scheme in which  10 percent incentives be given to the exporters  yearly  on performance/turnover basis to encourage the exporters and boost Kashmir  handicrafts.
The government should  give all the benefits to Kashmir Handicrafts and declare it as special economic zone. “There should be warehousing facility at the international airport.”
It also sought that the government must promote Carpet Village/City  in Sumbal, Sonawari. “Two-hundred Kanals of land should be initially  provided  to manufacturers/exporters in an organized way  and stakeholders be asked to apply  online and submit relevant DPR as per their capacity.”
“This Carpet Village should be installed with all Common Facility Centers like design development, dying, washing, bank facilities, and packing.
During the interactions, the delegation pleaded for support to the present manufacturers and exporters to sustain “in the present turmoil as most of the accounts are either stressed or turned NPAs.”

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