Junaid Nabi Bazaz
SRINAGAR: The Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) Sunday met the business community of Kashmir Valley to discuss the demands being raised for rehabilitation of the flood-hit traders.
The CSC was set up by the PDP-BJP coalition government to assess and compensate the losses caused by the last year’s devastating floods in the Valley.
Led by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, cabinet ministers Syed Altaf Bukhari, Imran Ansari, Altaf Bukhari, Lal Singh, and Sukhnandan met the representatives of various associations of the traders including that of Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF), Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), and Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir (FCIK).
The meeting was held at SK International Convocation Centre (SKICC) here. Almost put forth their demands, asking for early and proportionate compensation to the flood-hit traders.
KTMF President Mohammad Yasin Khan told Kashmir that they have asked “for monetary assistance to the tune of Rs 10 lakh, waver on taxes and bank loans for the next 10 years, time bound settlement of insurance cases, quick building permissions, and single window clearance system for clearance”.
“We discussed our demands with the CSC. We have been promised that our proposal will be considered and our losses compensated within one month,” he said.
In a statement issued here, President FCIK, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, said the association has demanded “adequate ex-gratia relief” to the Industrial units that were damaged in the floods.
Pointing out that “very little has been done by the government in last six months”, he asked the CSC push for a “substantial financial package” from New Delhi, the statement said.
The committee also met the civil society members.
“I asked them to set up a committee to ascertain the reasons responsible for the devastating floods. I also demanded reconstruction of damaged houses, and sanitization of the flood-affected schools and government institutions,” Shakeel Qalander, a member of Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS), told Kashmir Reader.