90 percent Jobs for permanent J&K resident hurting industry: FOI

TSL News Network

JAMMU, Nov 23: Finally, Industrialists in Jammu and Kashmir have realised the need to stop being too regionalists and start thinking rationally about the survival of their industries.

They have raised a banner of revolt and have told the state government categorically that it has started becoming difficult for them to survive under the prevailing circumstances where state has almost absolute control over their functioning. The rules which have framed for running an industry are not in consonance with what is happening in the rest of the world.

With these issues in mind, a delegation of industrialists under the banner of Federation of Industries (FOI) met Kewal Kumar Sharma, recently appointed Advisor to the Governor Satyapal Malik. They gave him detailed presentation on prevailing industrial scenario of Jammu and Kashmir. Of all these issues, FOI talked a lot about the difficulty that they are facing due to shortage of experienced, specialized or skilled labour in the state for a particular industry like Pharma, Cement, Steel and many alike.

They said that survival of the industry depends on the availability of the skilled labour force and engaging the same is not possible without allowing the industry to search for the same from rest of the country. 90 percent employment for the permanent residents which has been made mandatory by the state government is difficult to achieve due to non-availability of the specialized or skilled labour in the state for a particular industry like Pharma, Cement and Steel; FOI said.

FOI urged for the re-examination of 90:10 Labour Clause to provide the relaxation to some particular industries for which trained skilled labour is not available in the state. They also requested the intervention of the Advisor in to the matters regarding the grant of the incentives to the existing Micro and Small-Scale Units of the state under different heads.

The delegation was led by Chairman Lalit Mahajan. The delegation submitted their memorandum of demands pertaining to employment clause for the reimbursement incentives of State Budgetary Support to Industrial Units of J&K, present State Fiscal Incentives compare to pre GST Regime for Micro and Small Scale Sector of the State, extension of Power Amnesty Scheme, extension of State Fiscal Incentives to New Units and Units under Substantial Expansion, extension of Central Government Fiscal Incentives at par with the North Eastern States for existing units , units under substantial expansion and new units.

Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma assured the delegation that all their genuine concerns will be taken up on priority and said that necessary measures will be taken after a detailed assessment of the issues put forth by them. He asked them to consider the suggestion of training local labour from the state for specialized and skilled work.