Kichloo for ensuring purchase preference to SSI

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JAMMU: Assuring strict implementation of the guidelines for granting purchase preference to small and micro industries, as a marketing support, the Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Home, Tourism and R&B, Mr. Sajad Ahmed Kichloo today urged for greater focus on quality control of product adding that there cannot be any compromise in this regard.  

Speaking to the representative of Small Scale Unit holders, at a high level meeting here today, Mr. Kichloo said while it was duty of the government to provide marketing support to the local industry as a promotional measure, it was obligatory for unit holders to produce only standard quality products which was imperative to withstand stiff competition in the open market. “People want quality and cost effective products and the local industry should   keep this aspect in mind for making their business thriving and compatible”, Mr. Kichloo added. He said lowering of quality for petty gain was not advisable.

The Commissioner/Secretary PWD (R&B), Mrs. Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner Secretary Education Mr. Farooq Ahmed Faktoo, Secretary Sheep and Animal Husbandry Mr. M.A Bukhari, Additional Secretary Industries and Commerce, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed and representative of other concerned departments were present in the meeting.  

The SSI unit holders were represented by the President Federation of Chamber of Industries Kashmir (FCIK), Er. Zahoor Ahmed, Vice President Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Vice President FCIK, Javed Bhat, Ex Chairman FCIK, Jammu, T. S. Rism and J. S. Jamwal.

Kichloo asked the Administrative Secretaries of various departments to ensure that all the laid down guidelines of the cabinet decision regarding 15% purchase preference to the SSI unit holders through Jammu and Kashmir Small Scale Industrial Development Corporation (JKSCOP) are implemented in letter and spirit. He said the unit holders indulging in supplying sub-standard products/materials would be black lists adding that purchase committees in the concerned departments especially Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Health department, Education department (RMSA work) and the Chief Engineers of both Kashmir and Jammu divisions will be asked to ensure purchase preference to local industry while making require purchases. However, there should be no compromise on quality, he added 

The representatives of Pharmaceutical Industry also put forth their demands.

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