Anantnag: The traders of this south Kashmir district Thursday accused the authorities of following a policy of pick and choose in rehabilitating the flood-hit traders.
General Secretary of the All Traders Association Anantnag (ATAA), Riyaz Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that they were astonished to see the Chief Minister (CM) Mufti Mohammed Sayeed distribute cheques to traders whose names never figured in the list prepared by the body.
After the floods, he said, AATA, on directions of the district administration, prepared a list of flood-hit tradsers, and had it verified and approved by the concerned Tehsildars and Patwaris.
“However, when the CM distributed the cheques, we were shocked to see most of the traders mentioned in the list have been left out,” he said. “The authorities seem to have completely fiddled with the list.”
“We want the CM to come clear on whether the government wants to rehabilitate the political workers of different parties or the traders who have been really hit by floods,” Ahmad said.
Expressing rage, President of ATAA, Ghulam Nabi Shah, said, “I fail to understand on what basis the authorities have prepared the list of flood-hit traders,If authorities do not consider the list prepared by ATAA, we will go for strike.”
The response from traders followed CM’s distribution of cheques to 1024 marginal traders from the district along with 400 from Kulgam and 100 traders each from Pulwama, and Shopian districts of South Kashmir.
The CM, however, said the matter would be looked into.
“I received such complaints in Srinagar also. I have asked the officials to check and ensure the compensation to all the left out flood-hit traders,” CM told reporters.