Even as the Jammu and Kashmir government under Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had promised ease of doing business in the Union Territory, units under District Industries Center (DIC) Kathua allege that their files were not being cleared in time.
Many owners of industries at DIC Kathua have alleged in the recent times that even as Lt Governor Manoj Sinha was serious in his promise to revive industries in J&K, officials were creating hurdles in smooth implementation of schemes and clearance of files.
The recent Industrial Policy of J&K stressed on multiple initiatives in ease of doing business. Jammu & Kashmir Single Window (Industrial Investments and Business Facilitation), Act 2018 focuses on creating an investor friendly environment and improve ease of doing business in the UT. This is being facilitated by providing accelerated and time bound grant of various licenses, permissions and approvals, promoting industrial development and facilitating new investments as well as by simplifying the regulatory framework by reducing procedural requirements and rationalizing documents.
However industrialists at DIC Kathua have alleged that even files with minor works are delayed for months and are not cleared due to unknown reasons at the DIC Kathua.
A Twitter user Prem Singh wrote, “Failure working of DIC Kathua GM DIC KATHUA under transfer so attending office once or twice a week and does not interested to dispose of any file and the officer who has been assigned the additional charge didn’t join till today. Complete flop show”.
He further said, “Complete failure of Industrial policy by Jammu & Kashmir industrial department. Files pending with GM Industries Kathua from February 2021 kindly support !!!!!!!!!”
Another industrialist told JK Newsline on condition of anonymity that he had applied for ‘change of line of activity’ as he planned to start a different unit than what he had planned for. “DIC Kathua has failed to allow me to start the unit I am planning for only because of the lackadaisical attitude of officials” said the industrialist.