Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta today said that Government is committed to expand the industrial scope in all potential areas to give further fillip to this vital sector. Industrial sector is the only viable source of employment for the unemployed youth and boosting the State’s economy, for which the Government will take all necessary steps for its overall growth, said Kavinder Gupta.Addressing the representatives of various industrial bodies from across the State, including Kashmir & Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industries, the Deputy Chief Minster said that he has already taken up the issue of granting the special concessions to the State of Jammu and Kashmir on the analogy of north-east States with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and other concerned Central leadership recently, who were quite optimistic on the demand and it is most likely that a decision will be taken by the Central Government soon. He sought the cooperation from all stakeholders to create a conducive atmosphere in the State, especially in the Kashmir Valley to promote the industrial sector in a big way. He assured that Government will maintain close coordination with the industrialists and address their all outstanding issues on merit.
Minister for Finance, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, who was also present in the meeting, said that Finance Department will examine all proposals and issues from the Industries & Commerce Department on priority and address these appropriately. He maintained that the Chief Minister is very keen for the growth of industry in the State and all necessary industry-friendly steps will be taken. He sought the views of the industrialists for further promotion of the industry in the State.Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Shailendra Kumar briefed on the overall scenario of industrial activities in the State and initiatives taken in recent years for the welfare of industrialists and promotion of industry.Commissioner/Secretary PDD, Hirdesh Kumar Singh and other senior officers of the industries and finance department were also present in the meeting.President, JCCI, Rakesh Gupta, President, KCCI, Javid Ahmad Tenga, President, FCIK, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Chairman, FCIJ, Lalit Mahajan, and other senior Members of the Industrial Associations highlighted the issues confronted the industrialists and gave valuable suggestions for the growth of the industries in the State. They called for safeguarding the interests of the industrialists, especially the small-scale industries by relaxing various existing norms under the State Industrial Policy.