Traders’ Body Threatens Agitation—If, Denied Adequate Flood Compensation

Srinagar: The traders’ body Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) headed by Sadiq Bakal Monday launched a scathing attack on state administration saying that they are being meted with ‘step-motherly’ treatment.

The protestors raising slogans, “Drama Baazi Band Karo”, “Dokha Baazi Band Karo” said that after the devastating 2014 deluge, huge promises of rehabilitation were assured to them but on ground situation is different.

“Government of India doesn’t take any time in the rehabilitation of Uttarakhand and Nepal victims but when it comes to Kashmir, different approach is followed,” Sadiq Bakal, KTMF president told reporters.

Bakal while terming eighty thousand crore package as ‘lollipop’, said that government’s move of depositing money directly into the accounts of traders would result into the source deduction.

He also cautioned government that if their demands of adequate compensation aren’t met, more intensity will be launched in the protests. “Today it was just a demonstration and tomorrow’s strike will be the part of the first phase agitation.”

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