JAMMU: Director Industries & Commerce Anoo Malhotra, while speaking in a programme organised by Jammu Chapter of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry on ‘Challenges and Way Forward for Jammu Industry Post COVID-19’, discussed the issues faced by the industry of Jammu and assured that she will take these issues with the Task force of concerned Ministry.
She informed that government is playing the role of a catalyst for starting the economic activities in Jammu & Kashmir and the Industries Department of Jammu will provide every kind of help to industrial units with necessary permissions and relaxations whatever is possible within the ambit of SOP of MHA guidelines.
She enlightened the participants that as on date 1,487 permissions have been given in various industrial units and 16,000 workers have been mobilised and out of that around 7,000 are residing within industrial estates.
Sanjay Aggarwal highlighted the issues and challenges faced by the Industry and way forward for Jammu Industry.
Pradeep Multani, highlighted various benchmarks for investments in J&K and suggested Director Industries to collaborate with PHDCCI for Investors summit in J&K as Chamber is having huge base of membership across India, and also suggested to promote Ayush, Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing in J&K and improve ease of doing business ranking and promote digitisation in industry and complemented. Anoo for handling the situation of Jammu Industries during the lockdown.
He also suggested that a special scheme or package be formulated to promote AYUSH sector in the state which has a high potential for production of medicinal plants.
While welcoming and initiating the deliberations Rakesh Wazir Chairman Jammu Chapter complemented Anoo Malhotra for his proactive and business friendly actions and put forward the problems faced by the industries and the issues faced by Industries which includes service sector as well including waiver of electricity charges, re-imbursement of GST,working capital to service sector, bearing of share of Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance by the government, providing of financial packages for the losses which have occurred due to this lock down, inter-state and inter-district movement of construction and other material and load carriers etc. and further said that hotels on the pattern of SIDBI be provided with soft loans @5% which it give to start ups. Wazir urged the authorities that construction activities be started in full form so that besides livelihood of the labour class the developmental activities may start and labour may not move out of state and requested for free interstate & inter district movement of steel & cement at the earliest.
Anil Khaitan raised the issue of waiver of rents of government properties, issue of the Employee salaries and suggested their payment by the government, proper action plan for the start of the businesses, and waiver of fixed electricity charges etc.
Mushtaq Chaya, Baldev Singh Raina, Vikrant Kuthiala raised various issues of the Industry which includes service sector/Hospitality Industry and other allied industries and the losses occurred to them and emphasised that those are irrepairable and be compensated with proper packages which may bring them out of this distress.
Rahul Sahai, Co-chairman Jammu shared his concern on the impact of COVID-19 on the industries of Jammu and mentioned various hardships of Industries in Jammu at the same time.
Other key points raised by Shyam Lal Kesar, Anil Gupta, Vinod Gupta, Pankaj Jain, K K Khosa, Sahil Anand, Harit Bhalla, Vikram Gupta and others include granting of permission to units within Industrial Estates to start industrial activities at least who have available Labour within the factory premises irrespective of the location of industrial estate, opening of Transport Nagar with required SOPs, allowing of the opening of the machinery spare part shops in industrial areas, extension in last date of claiming Interest subsidy which had lapsed on 31st march and needs to be extended, emphasis on online marketing strategies, considering the Budgetary support on account of GST refund, starting of Vibrant website/APP of Industry department for seeking / granting all approvals online in a timely manner for avoiding human interface and maintaining social distancing, special incentives like term loan interest subsidy, additional capital subsidy for technocrats, professionals and women entrepreneurs, procedure of restarting industry after penalty closure, starting of stimulus package which is long overdue at the earliest etc. were discussed in detail.
Mallika Verma, Director PHDCCI moderated the session and shared her inputs on the same.