Srinagar: Kashmir’s business community Thursday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Srinagar and his announcement of Rs 745 crore relief package for the flood-hit people as “crude joke with the people of Kashmir.”
“PM’s visit on Diwali was a pomp and show,” said Mohammad Yaseen Khan of the Kashmir Economic Alliance. “He wanted to tell the world that he cares for the people of Kashmir. It’s, however, not true. He has had nothing to offer to the people of Kashmir.”
Chairman of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Sheikh Ashiq Hussain summed up Modi’s visit as “Khoda pahad aur nikla chuha (Making mountain out of a molehill).”
“People are laughing at the PM. What we were expecting and what he has to offer. He has made a crude joke of us. He is talking of his Rs 1,000 crore relief, when we have losses worth Rs 1 lakh core,” Sheikh said, adding that Rs 570 crore he has announced for the reconstruction of houses won’t suffice at all.
President of Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir (FCIK), Mohammad Ashraf Mir said, “We had high hopes from his visit, but it was complete disappointment. We were expecting that there would be something for at least small traders and shopkeepers who are worst affected.”