Traders in Kashmir show no faith in state govt, assail NC leadership for failing in flood

Omar---AFPWhile Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister is saying no to early polls due to the recent disaster in Jammu and Kashmir his government is being criticised for taking no action prior to the floods, and the slow relief and rescue measures in the valley have also angered the people particularly the traders, and businessmen who have been hit hard by the deluge. The Kashmiris are so angered with the Omar lead NC that they are ready to forget the problems which they have with the centre, and want there should be no role of the state government, and administration in rebuilding the state, and also in distribution of relief. This became evident today when flood-hit Kashmiri traders met Union Minister of State, and PM Modi’s point man Dr Jitendra Singh, and minced no words in criticising the state administration and authorities for failing to come to the rescue of people. So angry were the traders that they even booed senior cabinet Minister Abul Rahim Rather, and even interrupted Singh who was discussing the matter with them.
The people also questioned about the working of the Omar government, and how it had become defunct during and after the flood. They also asserted that trading community in Kashmir will not beg. What was surprising is that while traders appreciated the efforts being made by the Union government, and PM Modi they were highly critical of the state authorities. They were not even convinced by the assurances of Union Minister Jitendra Singh who promised that proper investigation will done to find out the lacunae in relief and rescue operations. Singh also said that the state government should hold sessions with the local traders to know about the problems, and resolve them speedily.

The traders meanwhile are planning to start an agitation, and hold more protests against the state government which till now has not been able to provide any semblance of relief to the distraught Kashmiris. The businessmen in valley are also critical of the banks, and particularly Jammu and Kashmir bank for not being able to come to the rescue of the trading community. They alleged that government, and other agencies are only concerned about the future of the powerful businessmen and groups but the small and medium enterprises have been forgotten. Meanwhile, the industry bodies in Kashmir are demanding a special package for the factory owners who have have suffered badly in the floods, and want that entire relief package should be directed by the central government.

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