Pardeep Singh Bali
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator today accused the government of not taking cross LoC trade seriously. He informed the Lower House that the LoC trade is not benefitting people on a large scale as government has kept it confined to few tradable ite.
PDP legislator Muhammad Ashraf Mir during the discussion on allocation of grants for Industries and Commerce department said the LoC trade has not been followed seriously after it was initiated by the former Chief Minister late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in 2008. “The LoC trade was started by late Mufti Sahab in 2002 but then it was not followed seriously. The LoC trade has remained confined to few ite due to which it is not benefitting a large section of people,” he said.
Mir demanded that government should include Kashmir oriented ite in the trade to benefit a large section of people particularly artisans. “Kashmir oriented ite like carpet should be included in the trade so that maximum number of people is involved in this trade which in turn will benefit the state,” he said. Mir further appealed the government to end the barter system in the trade.
“This barter system is creating more proble to the traders. It is the hour of need to end this barter system in the trade,” he said. Mir meanwhile said that the government should come up with a clear cut policy on the machine woven carpets. “The government should come up with a clear cut policy as the machine woven carpets has already flooded the markets all over,” he said.
The PDP legislator said that the industrial estate in his constituency was going through various issues due to which it was not benefitting people of the area. “The government should own the industrial area in my constituency. We have cement factories there but it is not involving enough people there,” he said
Meanwhile Peoples Conference legislator and MLA Kupwara Bahsir Ahmad Dar said that the LoC trade was going through major issues at administrative level.
“The concerned officer deputed by the government is not usually there in his office. He is not issuing license to the people due to which few people are associated with this trade,” he said.