‘Cut in kerosene quota shock to Kashmiris’

Showkat Chowdhary

SRINAGAR: Showkat Chowdhary-led faction of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA-C) Tuesday lambasted the government of India over reduction in the monthly kerosene quota to Kashmir Valley by 18.84 lakh litres.
In a press statement issued here, Chairman of the traders’ amalgam said the move has come as a “shock to Kashmiris who were expecting increase in quota after the floods, especially in winter.”
“It seems the GoI is ignorant of the fact that Kashmir has been hit by worst ever floods recently. It was the government’s responsibility to help Kashmir at this time of crisis. We fail to understand what has motivated them to reduce the quota to Kashmir when locals are braving the harsh winter,” Chowdhary said.
“Despite having enormous power resources, the Valley is facing frequent shortage, which is causing immense hardships to locals and businessmen alike. Now, reducing kerosene quota will further deepen the crisis,” he added.
Appealing for revocation of the decision, KEA-C asked New Delhi “to consider Kashmir as a special place, which shouldn’t be treated like the other states while announcing policies.”
“Kashmir is landlocked and hilly place. We face harsh winters. Business environment is also very weak due to various reasons. Keeping in view the conditions the locals here are living in, GoI shall announce special schemes and policies for Kashmir,” said Chowdhary.
The amalgam also asked New Delhi not to delay relief and rehabilitation package for the flood-hit people.
Meanwhile, KEA-C hailed the state government’s decision to lift restrictions on travel to Gurez.
“Kashmir is full of countless tourist resorts, which need to be developed properly instead of putting restrictions on travelling to such places. Lifting travel restrictions to beautiful Gurez Valley is a welcome step. It will help the locals of the place to earn livelihood from visiting tourists,” Chowdhary said, adding that the state government should promote Gurez as a tourists destinations, “so that tourists visit this beautiful place.”