JAMMU, Aug 22: Demanding a dedicated corridor to ship apples and other perishable items from Kashmir zone to Jammu, Chamber of Traders Federations today offered all help to Government agencies besides distressed Valley Traders in streamlining business operations.
Addressing a press conference, Neeraj Anand, President CTF emphasised that business community of Jammu region can play a very supportive role in these turbulent times. Speaking further he said Jammu is equal stakeholder if not more in the Horticulture and Tourism based economy of J&K.
“Jammu has large infrastructure like cold storages, warehouses, walnut processing units besides well aligned transport business and skilled manpower that helps send produce from Valley to rest of India and even abroad. Jammu based traders also invest huge amount to help Valley based growers to meet their working capital needs,” Neeraj added.
He also offered assistance to authorities in setting up coordination committees so that if Valley is facing shortages of any commodity the same can be arranged and shipped immediately.
Earlier, Anand expressed gratitude to the Central Government for extending dates for filing GSTN 3B Returns, he however, further demanded that GSTR9 ,GSTR9c and Annual Income Tax return filing dates should also be extended as the current situation is not conducive for filing the same.
CTF also appreciated the role being played by Praveen Khandelwal, National general secretary , Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in raising concerns of Jammu and Kashmir business community with concerned Ministries in Delhi.
Anand further informed that CTF delegation is leaving for Delhi soon to apprise concerned Ministries and Central CAIT body about the losses being suffered by J&K dealers. “We are hopeful that Government of India would not leave our State in lurch and help transform Jammu and Kashmir into a vibrant, modern, economically independent State,” he said.
Prominent among those present were, Praveen Gupta, president Fruit Mandi, Raman Gupta, Shiv Kumar Gupta, Dinesh Gupta, Tushar Mahajan, Ajay Gupta and Parag Abrol.