JAMMU, Sept 17: A delegation of Chambers of Traders Federation led by Praveen Khandelwal, National secretary general, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called upon, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today and handed over a charter of suggestions.
Neeraj Anand, president, CTF, Jammu emphasised on the need to extend dates for filing of Income Tax and GST returns till the time Internet services are restored in Jammu and Kashmir.
A host of other issues facing the trade post abrogation of Article 370 were also discussed. The delegation while assuring support of the trade to the Govt in bringing normalcy in J&K and exploring better business opportunities in J&K.
They also suggested to review new vehicles registration and age limit, dedicated corridor to ship seasonal crops from Kashmir to Jammu zone, abolition of Toll tax on goods framing of new trade policy, setting up of big/ mother industry in Jammu etc.
The Finance Minister while giving a patient hearing to the delegation, appreciated the approach of the traders and assured the delegation that Govt is tirelessly working towards ushering in a new era of development in J&K.
She assured the delegation to look into issues raised in the memorandum and soon necessary actions will be taken.
Mr Anand suggested the Minister to consider extending the dates for filing IT and GST returns till internet services are completely restored in Jammu and Kashmir. The issue of direct purchase of apples by NAFED besides need to safeguard interests of all stakeholders including cold storage owners, transporters and traders who have invested by way of advance payments towards crop purchase were also deliberated upon.
Praveen Gupta, president Jammu Fruit Association, Tushar Mahajan, secretary, CTF, Parag Abrol treasurer, CTF, Summit Aggarwal, SM head, CAIT and Lovkesh Kumar, CAIT among others were part of the delegation.