Traders’ federations divided over strike today

Traders’ federations divided over strike today

Srinagar: A faction of the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), led by its president Mohammad Yasin Khan, said on Monday that they have not called for a strike on Tuesday, while the KTMF led by Sadiq Baqal said the strike on Tuesday is part of a larger agitation that is in the offing if traders’ demands are not accepted.
In a statement, Khan said the KTMF was yet to decide on what steps to take in the wake of reports suggesting that traders will not get any compensation but only concessions on loan interest.
“We are yet to get any formal response from the government. We’ll seek details from the Raj Bhawan about the decision over the long-pending rehabilitation of the flood-hit traders and take decision accordingly,” Khan said.
He said the KTMF was committed to seek rehabilitation of flood-hit traders and would fight for the cause till all traders are rehabilitated.
However, the other group demonstrated at the Press Enclave on Monday and announced a Valley-wide shutdown on Tuesday.
Shouting slogans such as “drama baazi bandh karo (stop enacting dramas) and “dokhey baazi bandh karo (end deception)”, the traders said the rehabilitation promised to traders after 2014 floods has turned out to be a big joke.
Baqal said the governments in Uttarakhand and Nepal acted swiftly and compensated and rehabilitated the victims of flood and earthquake but the government of India adopted a different yardstick for Kashmir.
He described the Rs 80,000-crore ‘economic package’ announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “lollilop”. Meanwhile, Shehr-e-Khaas Traders Coordination Committee has urged traders and shopkeepers of old city not to observe any shutdown tomorrow.

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