KCCI demands opening of markets, other business in phased manner Kashmir

Srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) on Thursday demanded opening of markets and other business establishments in a phased manner besides package for all trade sector which were affected due to ongoing pandemic COVID-19.
An official spokesman said this evening that several delegations of trade, tourism, transport and other allied sectors met the Advisor to Lt Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan here and briefed him about the problems faced by different sectors like trade, tourism, transport etc due to prevailing situation arising in view of pandemic COVID-19.
A delegation of KCCI, led by its president, Sheikh Ashiq demanded opening of markets and other business establishments in phased manner besides a relief package for all the trade sectors which affected.
The delegation also demanded representation of KCCI in tourism and horticulture boards besides waiver for pending electricity bills to business establishments. The KCCI representatives also asked for restoration of National highway on priority as it affects in transportation of goods besides they demanded streamlining of fruit trucks and opening of Mughal Road for transportation of Cherry fruit produce.
Similarly, a delegation of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association (KTMF) led by Mohammad Yasin Khan projected several issues related to trade and tourism sector before the Advisor.
The delegation demanded immediate restoration of business activities in J&K at par with several other states of the country besides restoration of public transport in phased manner.
They also demanded rehabilitation of small shopkeepers as well as financial package for small scale units. The representatives of trade body also demanded waiver of electricity bills for hotels and shopkeepers as well as waiver on interest of loans and other related benefits.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Sopore Fruit Growers Association demanded immediate facilitation for transportation of Cherry fruit to outside besides opening of fruit mandi Sopore on priority basis. The association also demanded compensation for the fruit produce damaged due to recent hailstorms as well as fixation of prices for pesticides and fertilizers.
It also demanded early start of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) so that the early fruit produce can be transported to the outside markets at the earliest.