JCCI calls for strike against authorities’ anti-people policies

Jammu, September 19 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has called for a day-long ‘peaceful’ strike on Wednesday (September 22) to protest the discrimination of highest degree by the authorities with them.

The JCCI president, Arun Gupta said, the token strike against directionless policies of the authorities should serve as a wakeup call for it and it should take immediate corrective measures to end the discrimination with Jammu region.

“We believe that trade in the Jammu region is being disturbed deliberately as policy decisions are taken in closed rooms without consulting or taking into confidence the stakeholders, Arun Gupta, flanked by leaders of various trade unions”, told reporters in Jammu.

He said, the directionless policies have hit the business fraternity, especially in the Jammu region. He added that the chamber had raised the issues concerning Jammu traders with the officials concerned from time to time but they remained unmoved.

On scrapping the traditional ‘Durbar move’ from this year, Gupta said the authorities’ unilateral decision to end the past practice of shifting offices between the twin capitals bi-annually would adversely impact not only the traditional bond between the two regions and their people but also the business community.

Thousands of families from Kashmir and Jammu used to move along with Durbar to spend winter and summers in Jammu and Kashmir. It has severely affected the traders of Jammu as well as Kashmir regions, he said.

Gupta also questioned the continued capping of the number of guests at banquet halls at 25, saying the decision has hit the business very hard.

He also expressed resentment over the Reliance-like big companies’ proposal to open retail stores in Jammu.