Published on : Tuesday, August 11, 2020
After one year of the repeal of Article 370 and the creation of J&K UT in Jammu and Kashmir, commoners from different strata of the society in Jammu have reacted openly in regards to the promises made by the BJP Government at the Centre to the public of J&K and the accomplishments made so far in the last one year in different areas, whether it is industry, tourism, trade, employment, transport or other sectors.
While responding instantly, chairman of Federation of Industry Jammu (FOIJ) and president Bari Brahmana Industries Association, Lalit Mahajan said “though we welcome the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K, yet feel that most of the promises made by the Government of India to the people of J&K remained unfulfilled. Local small scale industry has reached at the verge of closure, power supply position was not improved and no mother Industry as promised or huge investment from outside could be witnessed either in Jammu, Samba, Kathua or other parts of J&K during past one year.”
By highlighting the employment generation, the FOIJ chairman stated that employment in industrial sector has went through an overturn. In the last one year, as no new industry from outside came in, the local units are in a predicament situation. Therefore, the question of new employment avenues does not come up. Rather, several workers have lost jobs. The Industrial incentives almost withdrawn and with GEM portal, the local small scale industry has been hit in the most horrible way. No new Industrial Estate could be set up and many other Jammu centric development projects remained only in slogans of the top leaders. In fact, expectation of the people of Jammu regarding massive development has been shattered, the BBIA president maintained.
President, Association of Industry (AOI) Gangyal and Co-chairman FOIJ, Rattan Dogra explained that the sector has gone from ‘bad to worse’ in the last one year in spite of high claims of renewal of the sector by the Central BJP leadership. He had mentioned that Central package to the Industry in J&K was kept on hold and the new ‘so called package’ is just an eye wash. The small scale industry has got damaged and regardless of constant requests, no steps were taken for its revival. It appears that Industry is no priority of present J&K UT Administration, Dogra alleged.
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