The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) takes strong exception to the statement made by the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, J&K State with regard to implementation of GST from 1st July, 2017 and his threatening to pull out from the coalition government if the GST is not implemented in the state from 1st July, 2017.
The President, KCC&I Mushtaq Ahmad Wani in a statement wished to remind Dr. Nirmal Singh that he in his position as Deputy Chief Minster of the State should be more conscious about the adverse implication of such statement which in its content reads creating divide between Jammu and the Kashmir regions of the State just to seek political mileage.
The President said that statements that are not conducive to establishing peace in the state, made by the partners of the government should be avoided and the sensitive issues like GST be dealt with more responsibility by the government. It needs to be understood that adoption of GST in its present form in the state shall amount to clear violation of financial autonomy and special status of the state which KCC&I will oppose tooth and nail. The KCC&I has made it a point that the statements made amount to blackmailing Kashmir and paving way for further unrest and 2008 like situation. The President added that the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry would expect the coalition partners to refrain from dividing the trading/business activity of the state on regional lines through their unwarranted statements.