Srinagar, September 13 (Scoop News)- N. N. Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, today called for launching a multi-pronged and sustained public campaign to enlarge awareness among the people of J&K about the criminal offences involved in counterfeiting, smuggling and other organized crime which adversely affect the rights and interests of individuals, damage the interests of growers, producers, manufacturers and traders, cause loss of revenue to the public exchequer, and pose a serious threat to the security of the State and the country.
The Governor, as Chief Guest, was inaugurating a Seminar on “Curbing Counterfeiting and Smuggling – An Imperative for Indian Economy”, organized by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)-CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), here today.
The Governor observed that the huge unlawful funds which accrue from smuggling, fake currency, black money and hawala transactions are utilized by organized crime groups and mafia networks to foster illegal trade in arms and drugs and fund terrorist activities, all of which generate serious security related problems worldwide. He added that
The Governor congratulated the FICCI-CASCADE and the Kashmir Chambers of Commerce for joining hands to deliberate on such an extremely important problem. He observed that the over 12 million tourists and pilgrims who arrive in
The Governor expressed the hope that the Seminar will culminate with a set of recommendations which would go a long way in curbing counterfeiting, smuggling and other organized crime. He wished successful deliberations to the participants of the Seminar.
Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Minister for Science and Technology and Information Technology, complimented FICCI for organizing in the State a Seminar on a very relevant subject to enlarge awareness among the people against counterfeiting and smuggling. He observed that the counterfeit products not only cause loss to the State exchequer but the consumers also do not get the genuine products. He emphasized the need for trade, industry, commerce, media fraternity, law enforcing agencies and the society at large joining hands to deal with this issue. He thanked the Governor for inaugurating this Seminar.
Deep Chand, Advisor, FICCI-CASCADE, giving global and the country-specific facts and figures vis-à-vis counterfeiting, said that the magnitude of the problem is very serious. While throwing light on the level of counterfeits floating in the market, he said that
In his welcome address, Hamid Punjabi, President, Kashmir Chambers of Commerce, said that this Seminar is of immense importance as it would help in enlarging awareness among all the stakeholders as how to curb the production and use of counterfeit products. He said that
Ms. Meenu Chandra, Head FICCI-CASCADE presented a Vote of Thanks.
Prominent among those present at the inaugural function were Justice (Retd) B. A. Kirmani, President, J&K State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission; Shujaat Bukhari, journalist; office bearers of FICCI, representatives of trade and industry, participants of the Seminar and media persons.