Jammu, Sep 20: Barring ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, almost every political party of Jammu and Kashmir Monday supported the Bandh Call given by trader’s body on September 22 against the setting up of 100 retail outlets by Reliance company alone in Jammu.
National Conference today announced its support to the Jammu Bandh on September 22, called by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu against the alleged “anti-trade and commerce moves of the administration.”
“National Conference has all along stood for safeguarding the interests of Jammu and Kashmir and will continue so with a sense of commitment”, NC spokesperson said in a statement issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan while extending full solidarity with the trade, commerce and industry.
The spokesman expressed the hope that the administration will see reason in its anti-business and anti-poor policies and take corrective measures, rather than coming up with move after move that hurt the overall interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Peaceful protests by way of bandhs is a democratic way of registering anguish over the governmental policies”, the spokesperson said and urged the administration to rollback the decisions which are against the “legitimate interests of trade and commerce.”
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers party leadership also extended full support and solidarity with the small, medium and self-employed shopkeepers, retail en traders, who have given call for total Bandh on September 22 in entire Jammu province in protest against the opening of 100 Reliance Stores here only to break back bone of poor business class of Dogras.
As per statement, an emergent meeting here today at Jammu under Chairmanship of JKNPP President Prof Bhim Singh wherein the leadership criticised the local and national leadership of BJP and the Union Government for initiating all such economic activities which break the back bone of Jammu people.
“Opening of 100 retail stores in Jammu province alone by Reliance amounts to high cheating of small traders and self employed educated youth,” the JKNPP said.
Apni Party, Provincial President, Jammu, Manjit Singh has extended support to the Jammu bandh call on September 20, 2021 which is given by Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu.
In a statement to the press, Manjit Singh said that Apni Party extends support to the demands of Jammu business community which has suffered a lot from the last three years and now, with the report of opening of Reliance Stores in Jammu.
Criticizing the opening of high-profile stores in Jammu, he said that it will have adverse impact on the whole sellers and small retailers of Jammu province who are already facing problems due to low business prospects.
“Jammu traders have suffered from the last three years and the Govt. instead of taking decisions in their favour, if permits opening of Reliance stories it will have a direct adverse effect on the business community,” he said.
He further said that the hundreds of families are dependents upon the trade and thousands of employees are associated with the trade which is facing negligence from the Govt.
“The Govt. must come clear over the decision and do not compel the businessmen towards the wall. It is unfortunate and the Reliance should not be allowed to open such stores in Jammu,” he said.
He said that the Apni Party supports the demands of the businessmen and will leave no stone unturned to highlight their demand so that it can be accepted.
“Therefore, we support a peaceful Bandh Call in Jammu,” he further said. Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party also extended support to Traders. As per press release, a delegation of DSSP led by its president Ch. Lal Singh visited the office of Chamber of commerce to listen to the grievances of the business community.
Leaders of the chamber of commerce briefed Ch. Lal Singh about their issues and asked for the support of DSSP.
Ch. Lal Singh while responding to the business community said that I have always stood for the cause of Jammu and my party DSSP is dedicated to the cause of the whole of Jammu province. It’s shocking to see that our business community, which is the spine of any society, is so badly hit, that they have been compelled to come on roads. I have been fighting against all these anti people policies since long and assure you that I will keep on fighting for the cause of Jammu and its people till my people feel free and breathe in the open air of democracy in the real spirit. Ch Lal Singh also said that, DSSP extended all possible support to the chamber for all the genuine demands and expressed solidarity with all the agitating organizations of Jammu province including daily wages, Farmers, Unemployed youth and many other. kno
Traders Federation discuss issues of business community with Mayor, Div Com
Jammu: Meanwhile Traders Federation including Jammu Chamber of Commerce today called on Mayor, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Chander Mohan Gupta and Divisional Commissioner, Dr Raghav Langer here and discussed issues of business community and sought early redress of the same.
Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg; VC JDA, Pankaj Malhotra; SSP Jammu, Chandan Kohli; Excise Commissioner, Rahul Sharma and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion.
President Jammu chamber of Commerce and Presidents of various Market Associations apprised the Mayor about the issues which need to be addressed including renewal of wine Bar Licences, conducting anti-encroachment drives on National Highways, continuing the practice of Darbar move, land purchase rights to Mahajan community, opening of reliance stores etc.
The representatives of the business/traders Associations sought time-bound issuance of NOCs to wine traders, continuing with the practice of Darbar move, extension of existing ceiling of persons allowed in Banquet halls, extension of lease of JDA Shops, complexes and other important issues.
The Mayor, Div Com gave a patient hearing to the issues put forth by the Traders Federation. The Div Com informed them that all their issues are under consideration of the Government. He assured the Associations that all their issues will be taken up with the Government at the higher level for their early resolution.
Responding to the issue of land purchase rights to Mahajan, Khatri, Sikhs, the Div Com informed that the proposal has been sent to Government for necessary changes in the land revenue Act, besides a revenue Board has also been constituted for reframing the rules.