The AIIMS Coordination Committee (CC), which on Thursday received a written assurance from the Jammu and Kashmir government for setting up of an AIIMS in Jammu, does not have any agenda for the trifurcation of the state as advocated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI).
“We have not received such demands from any segment of our constituents, who are part of the CC,” said Abhinav Sharma, chairman of the coordination committee, while talking to Hindustan Times.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industries, an important constituent of the AIIMS Coordination Committee, has given a call for the trifurcation of the state, alleging unabated discrimination with the Jammu region on all issues — be it AIIMS or any
other matter related to welfare of the region.
Abhinav, however, added, “If such demands are put forth, they will be referred to the core committee for consideration. Our prime focus right now is securing an AIIMS for Jammu.
Rakesh Gupta, CCI president, has advocated for the trifurcation of the state as an alternative to stop discrimination with the Jammu region.
When asked whether the CCI’s demand of trifurcation would be raised from the AIIMS Coordination Committee’s platform, which has been formed as a permanent feature to safeguard interests of the Jammu region, Gupta said the basic ideologue of the committee was to supplement to each other’s causes.
“It has been decided by the committee that all business and industry issues will be raised by the CCI president and supplemented by the committee segments, and vice versa, all issues related to social and other allied causes will be looked after by the committee and supplemented by the CCI,” said Rakesh Gupta.
Gupta had earlier released the Jammu business and industries’ concern viz-a-viz finance minister Haseeb Drabu’s nonchalance towards the cause; and said the CCI after holding a parley with its executive body next week might call for a financial disobedience that would include stopping of payment of value added tax (VAT) and other related taxes with immediate effect if the finance minister fails to come on dialogue with the chamber.
He had also raised a demand for the trifurcation of J&K as the alternate way to end discrimination with the Jammu region.