Kashmir based industry facing discrimination: FCIK

According to a FCIK statement, in a meeting of the FCIK held under the chairmanship of FCIK President Mukhtar Yousuf, the members accused the authorities of meting out step motherly treatment to Kashmir division both in terms of creating industrial infrastructure and addressing the genuine problems of valley based units.

GK BUSINESS DESK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 23 2018 11:54PM | Updated Date: Sep 23 2018 11:54PM
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The Federation Chambers of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) has demanded a high level probe in what it called disproportionate growth of industry in some parts of the state and “gross discrimination to the units in Kashmir division”. 

According to a FCIK statement, in a meeting of the FCIK held under the chairmanship of FCIK President Mukhtar Yousuf, the members accused the authorities of meting out step motherly treatment to Kashmir division both in terms of creating industrial infrastructure and addressing the genuine problems of valley based units. 

The members claimed that only a few districts in Jammu region have been receiving focussed attention of authorities over the decades which have led to “gross inequality” in growth and development of industries across the state.

“Notwithstanding the fact that three districts in Jammu possess three times the land developed in organised sector than in entire Kashmir region, the authorities have acquired large chunks of land again in these districts ignoring all other districts all together,” read the FCIK statement. 

It also termed the recent initiatives of industries department for startup entrepreneurs as a “hoax and theatrics which are unlikely to yield any results on ground in Kashmir for the lack of infrastructure and conducive environment”. 

“It would be sinful for the authorities to lure educated youth with some short term lollipops and then eventually leave them to be caught under debt traps as the policy lack safeguards of both their own as well as borrowed investments,” said the statement and added that members in the meeting warned the authorities to desist from making  youth as tools for their “imaginary fallacies and impracticable experiments”. 

Blaming the bureaucracy for the current mess, the members said that they are solely responsible for failure of Industrial policy-2016 as the subsequent guidelines issued by them contradicted the very vitals and spirit of the policy making it completely redundant. The members said that because of lack of coordination among various departments, non-implementation of the provisions  and complex guidelines, the provision of  "ease of doing business", has instead led to the "freeze of business" in Kashmir. 

The president FCIK, according the statement, regretted that the “negative role and divide and rule policy" adopted  by the sponsors has brought the industry in Kashmir to a grinding halt. 

“The callousness of these authorities could be assessed by the very fact that presently 10 out of 12 district Industries centres in Kashmir province are without full time general managers,” he said.

“The decision to transfer all industrial estates to corporations for their control is proving fatal for the reasons that these corporations have started treating the units as their profit earning entities,” he added. 

Yousuf also blamed the industries department for not pursuing the decisions taken at state and central government levels for the benefit of unit holders. He said that formal orders of a decision taken in one of the cabinet meetings of previous government, regarding extending power amnesty to industrial units with respect to waiver of interest,  has still not  been issued. The closing date fixed by cabinet for such amnesty is expiring by the month end.

“FCIK in near future would conduct a round table conference to bring out all facts regarding discriminatory growth, distribution of incentives, industrial infrastructure, utilisation of funds and other issues,” he said.

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