SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday said it would join the protests against NFSA implementation if the government “doesn’t ease people’s miseries”, even as it termed the Act as an “aggressive ploy to harass and victimise Kashmiris”.
As per a statement issued here, the conglomerate held a meeting of its executive council at its Rajbagh headquarters under the chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
During the meeting, the members said if government didn’t take notice of the problems caused by NFSA implementation in J&K, the conglomerate would not remain a mute spectator and would join the people’s agitation on the issue.
The conglomerate also expressed concern over the conversion of agricultural land into concrete jungle of buildings and structures in Kashmir, saying, “Government’s wrong policies are responsible for it”.
“Government itself has been ruthlessly carrying construction of official buildings in such lands, violating all norms and laws on the subject, besides purposely turning a blind eye towards the similar constructions carried by general public. As such, it is damaging the entire agricultural sector of Kashmir,” they said.
“People also must restrain from carrying haphazard construction on their agricultural land and should focus on cultivating this land and contribute in making J&K grow more food which would help in bringing down the import of food grains from outside,” the meeting said.
The meeting also deliberated on the problems faced by goldsmiths of Kashmir saying, “Government’s recent policy and decisions regarding this trade can potentially harm this sector of economy and affect the livelihood of thousands involved in this trade.”
“Besides safeguarding the interests of the consumers, the government must pay serious attention to the problems faced by the traders and artisans involved in the sector and save this trade from dying like various other dying crafts and trades of Kashmir,” it said.
Mirwaiz, as per statement, had earlier visited the protesting gold traders at Saraf Kadal, Srinagar and expressed sympathies with them. He also assured them of raising his voice in favour of their genuine demands.