Chamber warns agitation, gives one week’s ultimatum to Admn

JCCI president Rakesh Gupta flanked by others addressing press conference in Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
JCCI president Rakesh Gupta flanked by others addressing press conference in Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 21: The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JCCI) has warned to launch decisive agitation if the Governor’s Administration failed to take serious note of the issues raised by the Jammu Chamber.
Addressing a press conference here today, JCCI president Rakesh Gupta, flanked by other members of the Jammu Chamber, pointed out that they had flashed an urgent communication to the State Governor Satya Pal Malik projecting Jammu centric issues, especially with regard to languishing projects of Jammu, withdrawal of toll tax at Lakhanpur, take action against corrupt officers, improve condition of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway etc. but none of the issues has been taken seriously by the present Administration. It seems that there is no administration or any governance in the State.
The Chamber president said that he has flashed yet another urgent communiqué to the Governor regarding intentional deliberate neglect by some corrupt officers in the State Administration on such issues. The Chamber served one week’s ultimatum for convening high level meeting, failing which the Jammu Chamber and Civil Society shall be left with no option but to launch an agitation. Click here to watch video
Gupta said Chamber has conveyed that this communication be treated as most urgent and of utmost importance as Chamber feels that the present administration is totally hell bent on destroying the State with almost no accountability, policy promoting corruption which has never ever happened before under a Governor’s rule.
He said the projects under Prime Ministers Development Package have been totally neglected with DPRs never submitted for the projects worth Rs 1600 crores resulting into lapse of such huge funds. These include new destinations, Information Centers, Way side facilities, improvement of present and new National Highways and many other developmental projects.
Chamber is completely confused and shattered that despite a high level committee constituted after our meeting with your good selves which has already submitted its report is gathering dust and the State Toll Tax at Lakhanpur continues to be levied on almost on all products as before which is neither justified nor tolerable.
He pointed out that many projects relating to Tourism especially in Jammu Province have missed many deadlines and we at Chamber and the Civil Society feel that these projects shall never see the light of the day and that such anti-Jammu policies are intentional and deliberate and not a mere co-incidence. These projects include Mubarak Mandi development, Artificial Lake on River Tawi, Suchetgarh Border Tourism, Bahu Gandola Project, Jamboo Zoo, Laser Musical Light and Sound system at Bagh-e-Bahu and many other such projects.
Gupta said the condition of National Highway has worsened these days. Not only general public but trader is also worst hit. Then road from Batote to Qazikund it has become a death trap for one and all and we suspect that hundreds crores of public money is being swindled on the pretext of maintenance of highways. More over vehicles are being targeted by local “Adda Unions” on National Highway and charged at various points illegally which we feel amounts to looting as trucks and tankers have nothing to do with these `Adda Unions’.
He referred to sufferings of industrialists on account of delayed payments to MSMEs especially by the PDD department in particular and late reimbursement of SGST. He alleged that some tainted officers who had been transferred out of the State on account of poor performance and rampant corruption are back to powerful seats in the State and they should be removal from important positions.