Business community in Jammu pins hopes at Rajnath Singh’s visit

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Karan Choudhary
Pinning hopes at the upcoming visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who will lead all party delegation to Srinagar to bring peace in the valley, Jammu traders said that on this visit the HM must take up the issue of Jammu and Ladakh people also.
As per reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Jammu and Kashmir on September 4 and is expected to interact with a cross section of people including individuals and organisations as part of efforts to bring peace in the Valley which has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The delegation will visit Jammu and Kashmir on September 4 and the Home Minister will lead it. Jammu traders also expect that this time the issue of Jammu and Ladkh shall also be taken up in the meeting and the delegation should meet traders, civil society and organization of the Jammu and Ladkh due to unrest in Kashmir valley.
Talking to Newspoint, Kirti Mahajan, president Dal Association said, “In his upcoming visit Rajnath should take up the issue of Jammu and Ladkh people, as we are also affected with the unrest of Kashmir valley,” adding, “Jammu traders also faced losses worth crores during last 55 days.”
He added, “Our 60 percent business is with Kashmir traders but now we are in Physical as well as financial loss but nobody bothers.”
He urged, “The centre should involve civil and trading representatives of Jammu and Ladkh without involving politicians.
Rajnath Singh should call a delegation whether from Chamber of Commerce or Civil Society so that the issue of Jammu traders must be resolved, said Rajesh Gupta, president Ware House Trader Association, adding now around 2000 crores is blocked in Kashmir and no transaction has been made between traders of Kashmir and Jammu due to this unrest.
“We also want the peace would usher in Valley therefore business community at all the three regions may get relief from this loss,” he added.
“According to me this is same process which was started by previous government to go directly to Kashmir and not taking pain of Jammu people,” said Sham Langer Ex-General Secretary Ware House Trader Association.
Around 15, 0000 crores loss has been faced by traders as well as Industrial community of Jammu province during this 55 days strike of Kashmir valley but despite two time visit of Rajnath Singh, he has not taken any issue of business community of Jammu province.
“However, our community is also facing loss of damages of vehicle which is extra burden. The centre and state government should consider the issue of business community of Jammu province and compensate for our losses,” he added.

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