Pampore traders observe shutdown

Pampore: Traders in saffron town Pampore on Friday observed complete shutdown against administration for being slow in disbursing the compensation money meant for the traders affected by September 2014 floods.
Mohammad Rafiq Wani, president of Traders Federation Pampore told Kashmir Reader that the relief money has been disbursed to businessmen in other towns and in Srinagar city, “but unfortunately Pampore has been left out”.
The traders alleged that the district administration has failed to redress the problems of flood-hit shopkeepers, who have suffered huge losses during these floods.
“Only few cheques have been distributed among the shopkeepers and that too in installments worth Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000,” said Abdul Majeed Bhat, secretary  Pampore Traders Federation, adding that only 600 cheques have been distributed and almost 2,000 shopkeepers were yet to receive the compensation.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Niraj Kumar, assured the agitating traders that their demand would be taken into consideration. After that the traders called off the day-long strike.
“We will wait till Wednesday and if any positive steps is not taken by the administration we will sit on protest on Srinagar-Jammu highway and block it,” warned Abdul Majeed, adding that it would be better for the administration to redress the  their problem.
He further said that they wanted the entire compensation money in one installment, so that they could revive their business.