Bijbehara consumers demand rollback of Act

Anantnag: A shutdown was observed in Bijbehara town of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday against the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
All the shops, other business establishments and private offices remained shut in most of the areas of the town while as Zirpara witnessed a normal business with shops in the locality remaining open in the locality. No local trade union or any organisation had given the call for a strike in the town.
Locals said that the shutdown was observed as a protest against the implementation of NFSA. “People in Valley consume rice two times a day unlike the people of other states. So it is not possible for the people here to meet their needs with 3 kgs of rice per head. Government should immediately roll back the law in the interest of the people,” said a shopkeeper, Masood Ahmad.
Another resident Adil Ahmad said the implementation of NFSA will lead to severe food crisis in the Valley. “One wonders what the people in Kashmir who are habitual of consuming rice in both morning and evening will do with three kgs of rice. The implementation of the law will only make the people of the Valley starve. The Act has to be revoked without any delay,” he said.
The people of various localities of Khanabal including Batpora and Nathpora had on Wednesday held massive protests and blocked the busy Srinagar-Jammu highway near Khanabal Chowk against the implementation of the Act.
The protesters had blocked the road for more than an hour and had ended their protest only after the assurances from deputy commissioner that their concerns will be taken up with the top authorities of the state.