Will resist moves at eroding ‘left out’ special status of JK: JKCC

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‘We will intensify our program for restoring our original constitutional position afforded to our state in 1947’

‘Will not attend any high level meeting if not chaired by the Chief Minister’

‘Anguished by the criminal silence of the Govt over PIL against Article 35-A’

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an amalgam of the civil society and traders on Wednesday said that they will strongly resist all ‘moves and motives’ aimed at eroding the ‘left out’ special constitutional authority of Jammu and Kashmir state under Article 370.

In a statement JKCC also added that they will intensify its program for restoring the original constitutional position afforded to the state in 1947.

In an emergency meeting of JKCC held under the chairmanship of Mohammad Yaseen Khan, the members expressed their anguish and dismay over the criminal silence and lackadaisical approach of state government in contesting the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the apex court against Article 35–A in the constitution of India.

“It has been painfully noted that the state government seems to be complacent to play in the hands of such forces. The state government owes an explanation to the general public on this count,” the statement read.

The JKCC, an amalgam of apex trade bodies, civil society formations, professionals and trade unions, formed recently to fight the extension of GST law (Goods and Services Tax) to the state, has also decided to take their program to the second level by involving all communities and citizens to protect the state autonomous position.

“JKCC has already sensitized the concerned quarters as well as the citizens of the state regarding deceitful concurrence by the state government to the extension of GST law in the state and its adverse impacts on our special position,” the statement pointed out.

It further added, “The united forum has already made demands for revocation of the Presidential order and application of GST law besides declaring the state as free economic zone.”

The members have also decided that no trader or civil society member will meet any low rank official in matters regarding to the GST.

“In this context an invitation has been extended to some apex chambers and trade bodies for discussing the implementation of GST in the valley. It has unanimously been decided with stress that no trade organization will attend the said meeting owing to the reason that the issue was beyond the domain of the officer who had called the meeting,” the statement said.

“The members, however, offered to participate in any high level meeting to be convened under the chairpersonship of the state chief minister to discuss the issues raised by JKCC.  Such a meeting needs to be organized at the earliest,” members of the JKCC said in the statement.


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