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JAMMU: Expressing concern on the emerging situation in Jammu and Kashmir wherein forces inimical to the peace of the region have got hyperactive, Neeraj Anand, President Chamber of Traders Federation (CTF), demanded that such forces be dealt with iron hands.Recent incidents of drone attacks and forceful conversion of girls belonging to the Minority Sikh Community in Kashmir have potential to disturb the peace of the erstwhile State.If need is felt, anti conversion law should be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir also, he stressed while emphasizing that peace is the pre-requisite for trade and commerce and no one should be allowed to disturb the same.Neeraj expressed trust that the present dispensation under LG, Manoj Sinha would give a befitting reply to all such forces.Talking about trade activities, he appreciated the move of the GOI to include shopkeepers and traders under MSME sector.“It fulfills a long pending demand often raised by our parent body, Confederation of All India Traders, (CAIT), at various forums,” he added.“We remain thankful to the Government for acknowledging for the first time ever , role played by trading community in Nation Building exercise. This small move will allow traders to play a further bigger role in achieving the 5 trillion dollar economy target set by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,” he said.Addressing a meet, at Narwal Office, Anand said, “We are happy that finally traders will get their due. Now cheaper working capital, skill upgradtion, access to various schemes would be available to Traders also. This would also help increase interaction between GOI depts. and Traders thus creating a new synergy and activating growth. We are sure that youth in Jammu and Kashmir who were Jobs seekers elsewhere would rather contribute in economic activities in home State , we look forward to startups doing good.”He also expressed gratitude to the central leadership of CAIT under BC Bhartia, President and Praveen Khandelwal, Secy. Gen for achieving this milestone.Neeraj further demanded appropriate relief package for business community which suffered huge losses on many counts owing to COVID and earlier transformation stage post abrogation of Article 370.Otherwise also business community in Jammu and Kashmir has been suffering from last 30 long years due to cross border terrorism , added Neeraj, while stressing the need to bail out businesses.Those present on the occasion were Raman Gupta, Shiv Kr. Gupta, Dinesh Gupta, Tushaar Mahajan, Ajay Gupta, Devinder Gupta, Parveen Gupta, Suriender Kr and Parag Abrol.
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