Jammu, Nov 16; A delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) led by its President Arun Gupta along with his team on Wednesday met Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta at Civil Secretariat and discussed various issues of the traders and industrialists besides the common masses of Jammu. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar was also present on the occasion.
Several issues which came up for discussion Development of Patnitop, power amnesty for commercial users including industrialists of Jammu region, tourism development, expedition of Mubarak Mandi Heritage projects, etc, the chamber said in a statement.
The CCI representatives demanded enhancement in the limit of E-way bill from the existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The delegation demanded ownership rights for sons of the soil entrepreneurs who have been allotted the industrial land and our traders at Warehouse.
The CCI raised the issue pertaining to the circle rate besides demanded inclusion of separate clause of Land Value / Stamp Duty for Industrial Units on the lines of other states claiming that existing commercial notified rates are too high. It also demanded extension of VAT Amnesty Scheme as the traders couldn’t avail this earlier due to COVID-19 lockdown.
The CCI deputation demanded extension in validity period beyond June 30, 2022 up to at least one year for the industrial units which could not commence production within the stipulated time due to several genuine reasons.
Another important issue which came for discussion was declaration of ‘Gair Mumkin Khud’ by the Revenue Department despite the fact that no water body is passing through these lands. It was apprised that registration and construction activities on these lands was barred therefore there is a need to redefine the “Kism” of this type of land and also a policy to allow the commercial and construction activities on such land chunks. As the period of lease deeds in respect of some allottees in Sabzi Mandi and Fruit Mandi Narwal have expired, therefore the Chamber appealed that their lease deeds should be renewed further after charging minimum possible premium.
The issue of some commercial shops in Bahu Plaza area which have been allotted to some persons but the possession of the aforesaid shops has not been given to the concern allottees and lease deeds are also pending was also raised and it was demanded that possession should be given and lease deeds be executed henceforth.
The CCI also discussed the issue pertaining to the Jammu Central Cooperative bank besides the issue regarding the Transport Nagar and Div Com Ramesh Kumar has assured the CCI team that issue of Transport Nagar will be resolved within fifteen days.
The CCI President also apprised the Chief Secretary and Divisional Commissioner Jammu about the notice served by the JDA declaring Bus Stand and Warehouse buildings as unsafe. He advised that there should be some policy for the aforesaid traders so that their businesses should not be affected as hundreds of people are working with these establishments.
The CCI demanded an exclusive power amnesty scheme for commercial users viz traders and industrialists apart from the one which has been offered to the domestic users. The meeting also batted for giving some relief to those single wine shop owners who lost their businesses and are jobless today.
The Chief Secretary gave a patient hearing to the visiting delegation and assured for early consideration of the aforesaid issues, the CCI said in a statement. The delegation comprised Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General and Rajesh Gupta Secretary.