Srinagar, June 23: A delegation of RAK lead by its President, Sheikh Feroz, met Mr Baseer Khan, advisor to lieutenant governor today in SKICC. The President raised various issues regarding revival of this industry. The main focus was to allow full fledged operations of the restaurants in Kashmir with 30-50% occupancy. President assured the Advisor that proper SOP’s will be followed for the safety of our esteemed customers and the community as a whole. He also raised the issue of rentals being charged by the landlords be it government owned properties or private. He requested the Advisor to help us in this matter so that we get rental waivers especially on government owned properties. He informed the Advisor about our request regarding soft loans to Chairman J&K bank and other financial institutions. Vice President, Babar Chowdhary, raised the issue of parking problems faced by the public near restaurants and requested the honourable Advisor to look into the matter. Secretary General, Sheikh Imran, fully supported and endorsed the views expressed by the President, Sheikh Feroz and requested Mr Baseer Khan to announce amnesty for electricity bills, water charges, license fees and rentals on government buildings rented by some restaurants in the valley. The Advisor gave a patient hearing and assured that he will look into the matter and will come up with a positive way out very soon. The other members of RAK present in the meeting were Osama Burza, Khalid, Amir Rawa, Kaiser and Sajad Ahmed Bala.
President, Sheikh Feroz, thanked the Advisor for his precious time and a very positive response.