JAMMU, Sept 16: A deputation of senior leaders of BJP led by former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta met Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Narayan Rane and put forth various demands pertaining to industries and creation of jobs in the UT of J&K.
Besides, Kavinder, the delegation comprised of Sat Sharma and Sham Chowdhary, ex ministers, Mayor Jammu, Chander Mohan Gupta, DDC Chairman, Bharat Bhushan Bodhi, Dr Manyal, ex Minister and general secretary, Vibodh Gupta Ex-MLC and general secretary and Arvind Gupta, secretary.
At the outset, Kavinder asserted that capitalizing inherent strength of the UT by promoting industries like English willow, Basohli Pashmina Shawls, Horticulture, Tourism, etc by establishing big units necessary for changing the development profile of the region as the dearth of industries has also affected the creation of jobs. He said that district-wise spread of industry is a prerequisite for all round development of the UT as making industrial hubs in twin capitals will not fully satiate the aspirations of the job seekers and those who are interested in setting up these units in their respective areas.
Kavinder said that there is a lot of scope in the MSME sector in the UT especially after train chugging in the region in the days to come after tracks will be linked with the rest of the country. He said that J&K’s roadmap to development will pass through a vibrant industrial revolution and therefore it is required to pay attention towards this sector.
The former Deputy Chief Minister also said that ease of doing business should be applied to the industry by ensuring a single window for bank loans and other incentives. Another major issue which the former Deputy Chief Minister raised during the meeting was inclusion of the hotel industry under the Industrial policy as tourism is the mainstay of J&K’s economy.
Former Minister, Sat Sharma demanded more fiscal incentives for the existing industries as the same are on the verge of closure due to number of disturbances in the past like coronavirus pandemic, etc.
The Union Minister assured that the points raised will be considered on priority.