Jammu traders call ‘shutdown’ against opening of Reliance stores

Reliance Smart Point
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JAMMU — In the wake of opening of 100 new Reliance Smart Points in Jammu, the premier traders body of the region, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), on Friday called for a ‘Jammu Bandh’ on September 22 to protest against the government’s “anti-traders” policy.

Addressing a press conference, President CCI, Jammu Arun Gupta said that the move is aimed at pressurizing the UT administration to stop torturing the Jammu traders.

“The Jammu and Kashmir administration is finding one way or the other to harass the business community here. First they sold mines to outsiders in the name of reforms, while the condition of wine traders and bar owners are in public domain,” Gupta said, adding that investment of thousands of crores have gone in vain due to these anti-Jammu policies which also adds to unemployment.

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Gupta said that the administration is now planning to come up with Reliance Marts, which will affect the livelihood of thousands of small Kiryana merchants, shoe vendors, medicine agencies, and people associated with furnishing and grocery stores.

Criticizing the ban on Darbar Move practice, Gupta said that Jammu’s traders are already suffering at multiple fronts and Darbar Move is one among it. “Government says that it saves Rs 200 by stopping Darbar move but it also barred the investment of over Rs 1000 crore which people of Kashmir do in Jammu during their six months’ stay,” Gupta said.

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“It also barred cultural exchange, which is mandatory for society to grow and develop,” he stated.

“To protest all these issues, the Chamber is going to hold a complete Jammu Bandh in the province, where all types of shops will remain closed,” Gupta said.

It is for the first time in about three years, a call has come from the business community for a complete shutdown of Jammu city.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents more than 22 trade and industry lobbies in Jammu.

There is a wide range of issues the business community has spoken about but the latest trigger is about the reports of Reliance setting up 100 retail stores in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

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