SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation President Mohammed Yasin Khan along with district presidents and other office bearers on Sunday called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pressing their demand for revival of business activities in the Valley.
Putting forth the demands, Khan said that it has been almost two years that post-floods, the economy could not revive as the business community continues to struggle for survival. A basic reason has been that the commitments as made by the government with the traders community were not fulfilled.”
“We have long been appealing for grant of soft loans for traders and tax holidays for five years given the fact that the traders were not given due compensation for the losses suffered in the 2014 floods.”
“The traders affected by road widening projects equally await compensation since 2005,” he added.
“Kashmiri traders have to undergo check at two posts viz Lakhanpur and Lower Munda whereas Jammu traders have to face only one entry point. Add to this the harassment of the traders at these check posts, our complaint for years,” he added.
He said that traffic regulation needs drastic improvement in consultation with traders and other stakeholders.”
He added that public transportation and street lighting needs revamp to meet the market requirements.
“Master Plan for Srinagar is under revamp but it needs consultation with business fraternity,” he added.
Khan , who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance complained that the backbone of horticulture industry, the apple and walnut market was in red due to government indifference. He said the government should take marketing of the fruits into its own hands and equally provide subsidy on transport and related issues to the fruit growers.
Khan, however, said the government should look into the matter that why controversies erupt only during the summer season and that the authorities should desist from taking such steps which take peace hostage.
Others who attended the meeting include: Gulam Nabi Turray (Shopian) Gulam Hussan Parray (Ganderbal) Gulam Mohammed Malik (Pulwama) Mohammad Shafi Wani (Islamabad) Ajaz Ahamad Sofi (Handwara) Kar Eshfaq Ahamad (Tral) Muzaffer Ahamad Sofi (Narabal) Ajaz Ahamad bhat (Kulgam).