Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Tuesday urged the State government to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a presser in Jammu, JCCI president Rakesh Gupta urged the State government and other mainstream opposition parties to rise above party politics and make JK a peaceful and fear-free state keeping in view of the sufferings of the people at large and also for the stability of economy post- demonetization and GST implementation.
“We appeal to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to delay holding of Panchayat polls at this crucial juncture in view of the forthcoming tourism season,” he said, adding that “tourism industry being the back bone of the economy” of the state has suffered continuously because of the law and order problems off and on.
He said any decision regarding holding any type of elections would have a cascading effect and would badly affect the inbound tourism.
“We advise the government to hold such elections only after the month of August. As per our feedback, the hotels have already got 15 to 20 percent bookings as of now and we expect it to be 100 percent this year. It is the duty of one and all to keep the state incident-free to make this a reality to save the tourism and transport industry and the interests of the common people,” he said.
The JCCI, Gupta said has decided to launch a movement – “The Way Forward” — wherein the Chamber shall call upon the leadership of all the political parties and seek their cooperation in maintaining peace so as to welcome the guests from other parts of India and abroad for leisure, adventure, sports, holidays and pilgrimage tourism.
“The Jammu chamber is in talks with the KCCI and may soon jointly call upon the Hurriyat leadership to appeal them to cooperate in this matter and not to call ‘Bandhs’, which would be practically a genuine and realistic gesture for the welfare of the people of the state,” the JCCI president said.
He said JCCI is of strong view that bridging gaps between the three regions — Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh – is the need of the hour and both the chambers shall leave no stone unturned to make strong bonding between the three regions into a reality.
The JCCI also advised media to showcase the best and positives in JK state and report positively and not resort to “selective reporting by just exhibiting stray incidents of law and order problems only, which happen everywhere in the world”.