Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industries on Thursday appealed the Government of India as well as the Jammu and Kashmir Government to provide peaceful atmosphere to the trade community here to run their businesses peacefully.
Addressing a press conference, KCC&I members said that the businesses of Valley traders has got affected due to the prevailing situation especially after the 2014 floods. “We are sufferings huge losses with each passing day and the GoI and state government must ensure peaceful atmosphere in the valley so that the people would find space for peaceful protests and the businesses would run peacefully here,” they said.
The trade body further added that not only the trade but the other sectors including handicrafts, tourism and others have also suffered tremendous losses.
“We have been suffering economically, to this extend we are posting losses every day. We desperately want Govt to ensure smooth trade in the Valley,” he said.
The KCC&I also expressed their concern on the prevailing conditions, human rights violation, innocent killings and pellet injuries which is of utmost concern to them. “Even 18-month-old child has not been spared from loss of eyesight,” they said.
“The business community has been under great stress on account of repeated turbulence in Kashmir. We are not getting favourable atmosphere for conducting business on account of these impediments and our all sectors are badly affected,” they said.
“We need peaceful environment to continue our activities. We express our concern for yesterday’s arrest of traders despite conducting peaceful protests in a democratic way,” they said, adding that KCC&I has decided to hold a peaceful march from Chamber office to press Enclave on Saturday (December 08) to express their concerns.
(With inputs from KNS)