Will launch civil disobedience if rehab of flood-hit traders is delayed further: KEA

Will launch civil disobedience if rehab of flood-hit traders is delayed further: KEA

Iqbal Kirmani

Srinagar: A faction of  Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) headed by Mohammad Yaseen Khan representing a section of trade, commerce, transport unions here Thursday hinted at launching of civil disobedience movement if the proposed compensation to flood hit traders is delayed.
“Delay tactics of government will leave us with no option but to launch civil disobedience movement,” Chairman KEA Khan told Kashmir Reader.
Chairman KEA said that the recent shut down shutdown call given by its main alliance partner Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) the trading fraternity had evoked huge response from people and according to him ‘the message is loud and clear that business community cannot be ignored’.
“We are demand our right, which is being unduly delayed,” said Khan.
Adding that they are waiting for the substantial steps from the government or an official communiqué which has not come yet,” said Khan.
He however, added that State government officials are in touch with them, and had been persuading not to go on strike.
“Some officials from the administration even called us to delay the strike call but we told them clearly that we will go ahead with a shutdown call and our strike is against  New Delhi’s failure to compensate us for our losses which they should have done much time earlier,” Khan said.
“We expect a response by Monday. Will decide on future course of action after that,” KEA chairman said.
The alliance according to Khan is in touch with with Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Altaf Bukhari and others.
The primary demands of flood affected traders include announcement of relief and rehabilitation package for flood-affected business community including immediate compensation for revival of business establishments, waiver of all taxes including VAT and income tax be suspended till their rehabilitation and also interest waivers on all bank loans.
Waiver on all types of government tariffs on services including electricity and a 10 year interest-free advances be arranged as business capital for them.

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