PM's clarion call for J & K development

ASSOCHAM opens office in J & K
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Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, D ECEMBER 13 : Responding to a clarion call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to industry to participate in the development of Jammu and Kashmir, ASSOCHAM opened its office at Jammu. The office was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu. ASSOCHAM reiterated its commitment to partner with the government, seeking to launch investment initiatives in the re-organised Union Territory, focussing on tourism and industrial development.

Inaugurating the ASSOCHAM's J&K office Mr Murmu said his government is keen on organising high level investment summits on industry an tourism. He said these global conferences would be organised in close partnership with the industry and asked the ASSOCHAM to be key partner in reaching out to investors.

Exhorting industry to look for greater investment opportunities in the state, Mr Murmu lauded ASSOCHAM's initiative to open its Jammu office, stating all - out efforts would be made to ensure a grand success of the planned industry and investment summits.

He said youth of J & K are quite enthusiastic about different Start-Up initiatives of the government in partnership with industry organisations.

In his welcome address, ASSOCHAM President Mr B.K. Goenka said, "During our recent interactions with Hon'ble Prime Minister, it was very evident that development and employment generation in Jammu & Kashmir is the top agenda among his priorities. In fact, he had asked us what we were doing in Jammu & Kashmir''.

Mr Goenka stated that soon after the re-organisation of Jammu & Kashmir, the Prime Minister had given a clarion call to industry to extend its presence in Jammu & Kashmir. ''It is his belief that the enhanced presence of industry would pave the way for private investment and lead to employment generation and development of Jammu & Kashmir. We at ASSOCHAM believe this is certainly doable''.

ASSOCHAM State Chair Mr Manik Batra stated that the industry and trade play an important role in ushering in development of J&K. "The people are craving for development of tourism, handicrafts, infrastructure, IT and several other industries. We have lined up several programmes both for the Jammu region and Srinagar"