MUZAFFARABAD (NNI) - Ending the stalemate after more than three weeks, Jammu and Kashmir Chambers of Cross-LoC Traders had announced resumption of trade through Salamabad-Chakoti and Poonch-Chakandabagh routes from Monday (today). The announcement comes after Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah assured the traders about relaxation in Value Added Tax on export of goods from Indian-held Kashmir to Azad Kashmir. According to media reports, the government had formed a committee headed by Finance Minister, Abdur Rahim Rather to look into the demands of cross LoC traders. The committee recommended that VAT should be relaxed on the goods exported through LoC. The report was sent to Law Department, which has forwarded the same to Governor NN Vohra for consent, sources said. They said the recommendations on VAT relaxations will soon be tabled in the cabinet for approval. Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjeet Singh Salathia confirmed that the LoC traders will be granted VAT relaxation. As far the rest of demands are concerned, the chief minister will discuss them with GoI. I hope all issues will be settled soon for smooth LoC trade, the minister said. General Secretary, JK Chambers of Cross-LoC Trade, Hilal Turkey said the chief minister told them he will not wait for the assembly session to implement VAT relaxations. He (CM) assured us the issue will be settled in the cabinet only, Turkey said. He said since relaxation in VAT was their main demand, which has been met by the chief minister, they have decided to resume the trade once again. The decision to resume the trade was taken in a meeting. We will resume the trade through Salamabad-Chakoti and Poonch-Chakandabagh from Monday (June 27), he said. Trade through Salamabad-Chakoti remained suspended for more than three weeks while trade through Poonch-Chakandabagh remained closed for three months. Our major demand has been met. We hope rest of the demands too will be fulfilled in due course of time, said President JK Chambers of cross LoC trade, Pawan Anand, who was present in the meeting of traders with the chief minister. He said they have been demanding better communication links between the traders of two sides of the divided State. We also demand list of trade items to be increased from 21 to 51. We also demand granting of short-term permits or visas so that we can select and check the items across LoC to be traded to this part, he said. Anand said if the trade had to take place between the two sides, it should be trade in real means. We want to stay in Muzafarabad for a day or two to select the items. Otherwise, traders from Muzaffarabad send items to this side, and we follow suit, he said. Anand also demanded setting up of telecommunication system, be it land line or mobile. Stating that the communication system and increasing the list of items to be traded was the sole prerogative of Government of India, he said, Chief Minister has assured us that he will raise these issues with New Delhi and he will pursue them personally. Salamabad-Chakoti traders have a separate issue that allowing them to have a one-on-one meeting with each other at zero point. There have been 132 such meetings at the zero line between Poonch-Chakandabagh traders, but not a single meet has taken place between Salamabad-Chakoti traders, said Turkey.