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Central offices that fled in 90s would be persuaded to return.

The central government offices or their senior functionaries, which had shifted their base out of Kashmir after militancy started, would be persuaded to resume operations here so that the people don’t have to travel outside the Valley for documentation and other works.

A senior government official said the industries and commerce department mooted the proposal to ask these departments and senior functionaries to return. The proposal has also been incorporated into the new trade policy.

The policy states that the state government should persuade the central government to make available at Srinagar and Jammu senior functionaries such as the joint chief controller of imports and exports, regional director of the Reserve Bank of India, NABARD and registrar of companies, etc., who are vested with powers to grant day-to-day approvals, sanctions, permits and endorsements to local businesses and industry.

“Locals businessmen have to face lot of problems in getting their work done from central government departments whose higher officials are not posted in Srinagar, as a result of which they have to travel which becomes cumbersome,” said a senior industries department official.

He said the government was keen to remove obstacles in setting up businesses and facilitate trade in a hassle-free manner.

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